A great amount of design and effort has gone into the manufacture of upholsteryfabric for England Furniture. Much of the work is done for you at the fabric mill in the finishing process. The fabric is typically treated with a repellent for soil and water. Agents to inhibit the development of mildew may also have been incorporated. Additional fabric protection can be applied in the store or at home to increase resistance to stain. The application should be even and light, providing a surface coating to the fabric. Excessive application of some protective solutions can deeply penetrate into the fabric and compromise the fiber bonds of the yarn. Fabric protection products provide a repellent property to the fabric against soil and liquid. Fabric protection should not be considered an invisible shield against all dirt, grime, or stain. The application of fabric protection is complimentary to routine care and cleaning.
England Furniture that is maintained with proper care wears longer and will bring you many years of comfort and enjoyment. Proper routine care primarily consists of a regular weekly vacuum and brush. The accumulation of dust and dirt can produce an abrasive action accelerating deterioration of fiber within the yarns that make up the fabric.
A regular weekly vacuum prevents the accumulation of dust and dirt within the fabric. The vacuum of England Furniture should be gentle but thorough. Aggressive abrasion of the vacuum head over the face of the fabric can cause yarn fibers to break and tear.
Do not use a rotating brush or beater bar attachment. Light brushing with a soft bristle brush is best for the gentle removal of any accumulated soil.
A weekly vacuum of the upper surfaces with a monthly full surface vacuum and brush works well under conditions of normal utilization. The monthly full surface vacuum and brush is an excellent opportunity to remove the cushions and vacuum the seat deck of any dirt, fiber, or other particles that may have accumulated. The cushions should be turned and rotated when placed back into position.
Most England Furniture style selections with an upholstered fabric cover have reversible cushions as a standard provision. Reversible cushions provide substantial benefit to the longevity and functionality of not only the cover fabric but also the cushion foam. Turning the cushions over and rotating the position provides for an even distribution of any evidence of wear that may accumulate with time and use. Compression of the seat cushions and force of use may generate an ever so slight shift in the cover fabric. Over time this shift may distort the original appearance of the cushion. Turning the cushion over and utilizing the opposite side reverses the effect and helps to restore the original shape. Cushion rotation should be made bimonthly. More frequent rotations are beneficial with conditions of heavy use.
Routine care will significantly increase the longevity of upholstery fabric along with maintaining the original shape and appearance of the cushions, filled backs and pillows. Accidents, however, are sometimes unavoidable. Spills should be blotted immediately with a clean folded towel. Do not rub, but blot gently to remove as much of the liquid or material as possible. Often times this will prevent the development of a stain, particularly if fabric protection has been utilized.
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