Sun exposure in the room where the drapes or upholstery is being installed should be considered. Window glass magnifies the sun’s destructive rays. If windows are facing south to west more exposure to UV rays are to be expected thus greater protection is required.
Fabric requires maintenance. Vacuum fabrics often. Schedule regular cleaning by professional cleaners before excessive soil has accumulated. We do not recommend washing our fabrics. Clients should not try and remove spots themselves.
Drapery length fluctuations are normal. Natural fabrics placed over or near heating or air conditioning vents can be affected.
Fabrics are not indestructible; your favorite chair will wear out faster than the uncomfortable chair everyone shuns.
We love linen, yes it wrinkles and has slubs but really nothing is better. Linen is produced from flax, unlike other natural fibers flax’s length and dimensions are irregular. So it is to be expected that a quality linen fabric will contain some variances.
Natural linen is the least processed linen and will have more slubs than the same linen which has been dyed. It is important for the Designer to communicate with the client about the natural occurrence of slubs in all linen during the selection process rather than after the fabric has been installed.
Spots and stains are easier to remove from linen than other natural fibers. However we strongly recommend using a professional cleaner to remove soil and stains.
Linen is hydro-sensitive and will respond to environmental fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Changes in the length of the draperies may be evident within the first few days of an installation as the fabric becomes acclimated to it new home. During the winter months the linen could shrink due to the cold and subsequently lengthen in the warm humidity of summer.
Typical fiber content found in chenille includes cotton, linen, wool, rayon, viscose and bamboo. Any dyestuff anomalies will be amplified by the very nature of chenille yarn construction, consequently, it important to be careful about placement in consideration to light-fastness.
Most chenille yards are skein-dyed for greater saturation and a richly-preserved pile. A condition called reversal in which the appearance of the fabric changes when viewed from different angles can occur thus railroading is generally not recommended.
Due to the nature of chenille, it can unravel on upholstery applications. That is why we often knit back and latex back our chenilles. We also recommend you have your upholsterer serge the edges prior to installation and make sure they leave enough return on the seams.
Rayon, viscose and bamboo fiber based chenilles require special consideration before specifying. They share characteristics of velvet including varying degrees of luster and a soft hand. Like velvet, these pile fabrics show crushing, flashing or whitening with use. This enhancement of the reflectivity of the fiber is not a degradation of the fabric, but a result of the crushing of the nap. Crushing or flashing is to be expected with normal use. Railroading or direction reversal during fabrication will exacerbate these inherent qualities. Light use of a vacuum cleaner brush attachment against the nap can help restore some of the original appearance of the fabric but will not reverse the flashing and whitening characteristic of these types of chenilles.
Cotton velvet is a natural product. When made up as upholstery is will get its unique appearance after some time. Pressure marks, rolling stripes and smaller irregularities, which are inherent for the product, will dissipate in a ventilated and relatively humid environment. Steam or distilled water through a sprayer will enhance this process. To get the pile back in its original direction, brush with a soft brush.
When upholstering with velvet over foam, we use an interlining which will make the fabric last longer and limit pile-loss.