Myths about upholstery
Furniture has long been an integral part of our everyday life and has added comfort to our homes. There is no better feeling in the world than to come home after a hard working day and finally stretch out on a comfortable soft sofa. Let's face it, for many, this is the most enjoyable moment on the weekdays.
However, in order to fully enjoy all the comfort of modern, high-quality furniture, it needs to be properly picked up among the huge assortment presented on the market today.
Unfortunately, when it comes to furniture selection and subsequent care for it, the numerous mistakes that the Intranet pages spoil on give rise to inappropriate actions among consumers. Without correct information, customers believe in all these myths and ultimately make the wrong choice.
To help you avoid mistakes, we want to disprove the most common myths about furniture and upholstery.
TOP-7 myths about furniture upholstery, which is not worth believing
Myth # 1: All bright fabrics will eventually burn out and lose their original color
If you have windows facing the sunny side, many designers and vendors in salons will suggest stopping their selection on the upholstery in a pastel color scheme, referring to the fact that bright fabrics will burn out under the influence of sunlight.
In fact, there is no reason to trust such a statement. And that's why:
- First, the indicator of color stability is not the saturation of the shade of the fabric, but a special test. In the modern world, all manufacturers of fabrics indicate samples of color stability, which can range from 1 to 8 points. And the higher the score is, the resistant tissue is exposed to sunlight.
- Immediately specify that to look for a fabric with an indicator of only 8 points is not worth it. First, decide on your goals. If you choose a cloth for upholstery of furniture, then it is quite enough to mark 4-5 points, for curtains indoors - 5-6, textiles with an index of 6-8 points belong to the category "Outdoor" and used in open areas.
Myth # 2: Synthetic tissues are visible to the naked eye
Probably 20 years ago it was. But today, when production has made a significant step forward, it is no more than a myth. Previously, synthetics could really be recognized with the naked eye.
We even conducted an experiment. They took several different collections so that the owners of the furniture production could find natural fabrics and synthetic ones. As a result, no successful hit.
With modern technology, polyester fabrics can not be distinguished by the appearance or the touch of natural materials.
Myth # 3: The Martindale test is a key indicator of the quality of furniture fabric
When the customer comes to the furniture salon and asks for the most wear-resistant fabric, sales consultants always choose those that indicate more wear cycles. But, unfortunately, this test has long ceased to be an adequate assessment.
Earlier, in the article on the Martindale test, we wrote that for home use, enough upholstery with an index of 15,000 cycles, everything else is nothing more than a marketing move. In fact, all modern furniture fabrics fall into this category.
Therefore, when choosing a quality upholstery, we recommend relying on the weight of the fabric. But here too one needs to be very attentive. Add extra grams of fabric can polypropylene substrate or ordinary gauze
Myth # 4: Fabric with a natural composition is hypoallergenic
The trend for eco-products, which is now actively gaining popularity around the world, marketers began to use for advertising purposes, resulting in the blurring of this concept.
When choosing furniture for children or people who are prone to skin diseases, the hypoallergenicity of the upholstery material is an extremely important indicator.
For some reason, most people prefer natural materials, in the hope that it will protect children from chemistry. Now we are probably disappointed, but the composition of the fabric is not an indicator of quality in operation.
Indeed, cotton fabric without any treatments will not cause allergies. But now, let's recall that all furniture fabrics are painted, that is, they are subjected to chemical processing. Moreover, if the fabric is made in Asia, it is likely that cheap dyestuffs were used.
Another source of toxic substances - formaldehyde in the tissue is the glue that is used to fasten the lining.
However, do not be scared. To ensure that the fabric is of proper quality, ask the manufacturers for quality certificates. Typically, special certification marks are placed on samples.
Myth # 5: Polyester is used to make the fabric cheaper
The truth is that the addition of polyester fiber requires modern production. Such fabrics are more durable, faster to dry and less exposed to external influences. Today's standards make it possible to call the material a natural one if its polyester content does not exceed 65%.
Some fabrics with a 100% polyester composition can even be more expensive than completely natural fabrics. This is due to the fact that such fabrics can be improved thanks to special treatments that are resistant to contamination, water and fire.
Myth # 6: Fabrics with special coatings are stiffer
Probably old technology, such as Teflon, made furniture "glass". But the new generation of coatings do not change the structure of furniture fabrics and tactile sensations from them. They are just as soft!
Myth # 7: Special overlays on the upholstery will be erased over time
The processing of new generation EverClean plus or FiberGuard fabrics is permanent and durable, which means that even after washing or intensive use, the coating's properties will not get worse. Such fabrics can be stained, then cleaned and again soiled, and so again and again, but this will not change their properties. Comfortable, is not it?
The 5 most common misconceptions about cleaning the upholstery
Care and cleaning upholstery of the sofa is not just an important component of home cleaning, but also a complex labor-intensive process. Professional cleaning is the best option for effective removal of stains, dirt and debris that accumulate during the operation of furniture. There are also those who prefer to themselves to clean their furniture. By practicing tons of information on furniture care, people tend to become even more entangled. Yes, there are prevailing myths about cleaning the upholstery. And there is a chance to fall into the trap of such delusions, spending the time and money on correction of the consequences.
And so, let's figure it out.
Myth # 1: Cleaning the furniture upholstery involves removing the surface dirt
Proper cleaning of upholstery furniture not only removes visible dirt, but also eliminates harmful microscopic microbes and pathogens that can be hidden in or under the furniture fabric. Microbes such as bacteria, dandruff, mold spores and other allergens that are not visible to the naked eye require permanent removal.
Use special tools and regularly carry out preventive cleansing, without waiting for the occurrence of stains. This approach will keep your furniture clean and do not spread the microbes.
Myth # 2: Frequent cleaning of furniture leads to pilling of fabric
This is not true! Such a mistake arose as a result of improper care at home.
The fact is that some people, wanting to remove the stain from the sofa themselves, use rigid brushes and strong abrasive tools, as a consequence, the fabric on the furniture begins to deform and pepper. But, it's necessary to understand that pilling is the result of not proper care, not the frequency of cleaning.
Adhere to all the recommendations of the manufacturer for the care of upholstery fabrics or consult specialists and then your furniture will enjoy its original look for many years.
Myth # 3: Dry cleaning is always the safest way
Because there are a number of problems, such as texture changes, flushing, diving, fading color, often associated with water-based solutions for cleaning furniture, it seems that dry cleaning is the best way out.
Perhaps in some cases it's really so, but dry cleaning is not a universal solution.
Dry cleaners cleanse even more delicately and do not even damage fabrics such as viscose shenille, but this does not guarantee that dry cleaning powders do not provoke divorce on the fabric.
Therefore, before starting to clean the sofa, choose a suitable tool for the type of upholstery fabric, then test it in an imperceptible area of the sofa. If you have not noticed negative reactions, this tool can be used on the entire surface of the furniture.
Myth # 4: Labels for cleaning the furniture are the exact recommendations for cleaning
On any furniture there are two shortcuts: the composition of the fabric and the symbols on the cleaning of the product. And those and others can be misleading.
Designations of the composition of the product most often describe the material that is used for the "interior" of the furniture. If you see tags on the label that indicate that the material represents a certain percentage of cotton / polyester felt, it will likely describe the materials under the upholstery that you are going to clean. There are cases when such tags describe the composition of upholstery, but this is rare.
Tags on labels that give cleaning tips are used by furniture manufacturers to help the consumer determine which ways they can use to care for their furniture. Such codes do not cancel their own testing and testing of the fabric.
Especially cautious should be with notes that allow washing in the machine, squeeze and ironing. Often, when an inexperienced client at home uses these options, the result is outrageous.
You must explain to your client the codes and remind you that these labels are only recommendations, not guarantees. Therefore, always emphasize that any means must first be checked on the invisible side.
Myth # 5: Care of EverClean plus and FiberGuard fabrics - you sell the "option" and then I need to buy expensive cleansers
EverClean plus and FiberGuard fabrics are easy to clean without intense chemical products. Follow the instructions to clean up stains:
Remove the remaining spots with a teaspoon
Apply a little water to the stain and, using a white paper towel, remove the trace with motivating movements.
For stagnant spots, use a soap solution and repeat the manipulation several times until the stain disappears completely.
Allow the material to dry naturally.
We hope that with this article we will help you make the right choice based on reliable information. Good purchases with EDEN!