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How To Select The Right Fabric
Some ideas to consider when selecting fabric for your next upholstery, drapery or bedding project.
When choosing a fabric consider the strength of the fabric’s weave. Â Most fabric patterns will have the double rubs/durability/abrasion information with the fabric contents on the back of the pattern page in the book you are considering. Â We like to recommend that if the piece of furniture is going to be heavily used that the double rubs start at a minimum of 15,000.
Fabrics breath and may even absorb moisture, which may cause as much as 3% shrinkage or stretch in length. Â This percentage could increase if the fabric is near air conditioning and heating vents.
Always consider a soil and stain resistant finish that will help prolong the life and appearance of a fabric. Â This type of finish is usually an option and adds to the cost of your fabric. Â Soiled spots should always be given attention by a dry cleaning professional.
Although synthetic yarns have made tremendous advancements in weaving technology, performance will vary depending on the application and composition of the fabric. Â Always adhere to the mills cleaning code.
Protect fabrics from sun exposure. Remember the sun’s rays intensify through glass windows and can fade fabric fast if its always exposed to the sun’s rays.
Dust or vacuum your upholstery, valances and drapes on a regular basis. Â This keeps the dust from accumulating and damaging the fabric. Â Periodic Â dry cleaning, done by a professional, is recommended. Â Have your fabric information available to give to the dry cleaning professional, it will help them to select the correct method of cleaning your upholstery and drapery.
Remember, very few fabrics are washable.