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RAYON CHENILLE... All the Rage, But Readily Ruined

07/26/2018

Chenille fabrics are incredibly popular in today’s home fashions. With interesting textures and a soft hand, they are available in a vast array of styles and qualities. Design possibilities are broadened by the use of different fibers, the most common of which are cotton, rayon, acrylic and polypropylene (olefin).

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FELT RUGS... Special Fabrics Need Special Care

06/07/2018

Felt is a fabric formed when sheep's' wool or animal fur is subjected to heat, moisture and pressure or agitation. Soap, or an alkaline environment, helps the felting process. Heat and moisture cause the outer scales along the fiber to open, and the soap allows the fibers to slide easily over one another thereby causing them to become entangled.

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LET'S GET PHYSICAL... "Dry" Soil Removal

05/03/2018

You’ve just finished cleaning the fireplace and that last shovelful of ashes is safely in the trash bag. Patting yourself on the back for a job well done, you place the shovel back on the rack – only to have the rack topple over. You watch in horror as the fireplace poker lands on your white carpet. Thank goodness the black spot it makes is only the size of your little finger! You head for the kitchen cabinet and grab your favorite spot remover…Stop! Put That Bottle Down!

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WOOL FLOOR COVERINGS... When Will This Shedding Stop?

04/05/2018

In the world of interior floor coverings, wool is valued for
its resiliency, ability to hide soil
and inherent flame resistance. In part because of this impressive list of attributes, it is also one of the most expensive floor coverings, so it often comes as a surprise to consumers when they discover that their new wool area rug or wall- to wall- wool carpeting has one pesky problem: It sheds!

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STATIC IN THE HOME... A Shocking Experience

03/08/2018

A client called us recently to ask if we could help with a problem her
family was having. It seems that they had just taken delivery on a
new microfiber sofa. Visually, the sofa was a delight. However, when
anyone sat on the sofa and walked across the room to go outside,
touching the doorknob set off a spark that would immediately “get
their attention!” So why would a microfiber sofa create this kind of problem? More important, could anything be done to minimize the painful consequences?

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LYOCELL... Rayon's Fashionable Cousin

02/22/2018

Lyocell is a relatively new fiber in the home furnishings market. Introduced in 1991 to the apparel market, branded lyocell fibers are more commonly known as Tencel® lyocell, as marketed by such companies as The Lenzing Group. For the home market, lyocell is used primarily in upholstery fabrics and is often blended with cotton, rayon and polyester.

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A HEALTHY INDOOR ENVIRONMENT... Starts with a Vacuum Cleaner

01/10/2018

The importance of vacuuming cannot be overstated especially when you consider that carpet can accumulate and hold up to twice its own yarn face-weight in soil.

Not only does vacuuming remove unsightly soils, but it also removes unseen soils and bio-contaminants that cause carpet and other soft floor coverings to wear prematurely.

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Organic Cotton... Growing Market, Despite Major Obstacles

11/08/2016

Cotton is the most widely used fiber in the world today, comprising 40 percent of all fiber production. Twenty-five million tons are grown each year in 35 countries on five continents. There are five prominent types of cotton produced today: Egyptian, Sea Island, American Pima, Asiatic and Upland. The fiber develops in closed, green capsules known as bolls that burst open when ripe, revealing the soft white fibers that are so desirable and useful in textiles manufacturing. Cotton is extremely important as a crop of international trade.

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