FABRIC CARE INSTRUCTIONS
In just about every case, it is professional treat stains in order to minimize undesirable consequences. But for those clients who insist on tackling the job themselves, here are some general guidelines to follow:
- Vacuum or brush away loose dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabric.
- Clean up spills and stains right away. The longer soil and stains stay on the fabric, the harder they are to remove.
- Quickly blot up stains or spills with an absorbent cloth, facial tissue or sponge. Be careful not to rub the stain deeper into the fabric. If the spill is solid or semi-solid (like butter or ketchup), remove the excess by gently lifting it with a dull knife.
- Often, gentle blotting will remove all traces, but if the stain cannot be removed completely by blotting, use the appropriate spot cleaning technique.
- Stain Repellents
Scotchgard and Teflon finishes, also known as flurochemical applications, provide an invisible shield around a fabric's surface. These finishes protect fabric from water and oil based stains and prevents airborne dirt from settling in amidst the fibers. Nano Tex, on the other hand, fuses with the fibers on a microscopic level to create a barrier. Below are frequent questions regarding stain repellent finishes:
- How to stain repellent finishes applied at the post processor's location differ from a commercial spray one can apply in the home?
The important element provided by a post processor is heat. When the finish is heat dried, the molecules melt together making the Scotchgard/Teflon less susceptible to abrasion. With an on-site application, the finish is air-dried not heat-dried; consequently, the molecules remain stacked one upon another rather than bonded with the fabric. This allows the finish to be easily and quickly worn.
- Can treated fabrics be cleaned?
Yes. When liquid is spilled on a treated fabric it will bead up. Often immediately blotting will remove all traces of the stain. Below is a guide for removing other types of stains from a flurochemically treated fabric. Consult the firm from which you purchased the fabric before cleaning it yourself.