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Getting Out Scuff Marks On Upholstery

Hi Andy! I found your website today and have an unusual question: I recently had my living room furniture reupholstered in a beige micro fiber fabric. When at the upholsterers, it looks like someone accidentally kicked the couch so that there is a black scuff mark on the fabric. Is there something I can clean this mark with? I tried simple soap and water which did not work…thanks for your help! Terri Dear Terri: If in fact it happened at the upholsterers, then it is their responsibility to get it perfect. If it happened later, then visit www.carbona.com for all of your cleaning needs. Good Luck, Andy

Looking For Chenille Fabric?

Hi Andy, Can you recommend a fabric I can use to upholster my living room sofa and chairs-we only have one living room, so we use it both as a daily family room and for entertaining guests. I am trying to make the living room a little more kid-friendly, so I will be going with simpler furniture, but I’d still like to use accents here and there to add a touch of a simple traditional decorating style (I know you don’t give decorating advice per se, so I’m just adding this for background). I don’t like the look of twill-it looks too casual for what I’m trying to do. I am looking for something that is durable, but still has a bit of a deep, rich texture to it. I thought of going with a chenille fabric-perhaps one with basically a solid color that has diamond shapes or stripes. Someone told me that chenille mats. Is that true and, if so, does it look terribly unattractive when it mats? I also thought of velvet, but someone said it is not durable. Please advise me on which fabrics would be a good fit for me. Thanks, Aderonke Aderonke : Speak with the company where you are going to buy the fabric or with the company you will use to reupholster your soft and chairs. I’d go with a durable cotton or microfiber. Make sure you get a Scotchgard or other brand name fabric protective finish on the fabric. Happy Decorating and Good Luck, Andy

Coloring Your Couch

I have a lovely, little worn couch, that I want to use. It was bought in the 70’s but was never used. I can not use it in the color that it is now and I don’t have the money to have a perfectly good couch recovered. Can you tell me a way that I can dye it? Thank you , Donna Dear Donna, Sorry, you cannot dye your sofa. Consider slipcovers or look for a new one at furniture consignment. Please see my comments on this matter from the July 2003 column. Good luck, Jennifer

Dyeing A Leather Couch

is it possible to dye a leather couch, it is presently burgundy and a very soft leather, I was hoping to dye it a dark brown, is this a good idea, any input would be appreciated Dear Burgderb, I am not a leather expert, so you really need to consult a leather repair shop or saddlery for info on this question. Leather can be dyed with a sort of liquid stain – think about dyeing a pair of shoes or a handbag. However, a large piece of leather furniture is a whole other story. It’s possible it could be professionally done, if you want to go to the trouble and expense. Check it out. Jennifer

Do I Need To Constantly Get It Dry Cleaned

Andy, My wife and I have two girls under the age of 5 and another girl on her way in May. We are in the process of buying a new sofa and have come across a wonderfully soft Chenille that is cream color with some hints of yellow and has a light pattern of very small rectangles. It is 60% Acrylic, 30% Polyester, and 10% Cotton. My wife is concerned that it will look dingy and we’ll constantly have to be dry cleaning it. I’m not too worried about it, but then again I don’t know much about this stuff. What are your thoughts? Are we OK or should we steer toward something darker, more patterned, etc? Will it be hard or easy to clean? Thanks, Richard Hi Richard, The Chenille couch sounds like it is very pretty but, like your wife, I would be concerned about stains and spills that your daughter’s may accidentally put on your couch. The cotton fiber content will stain as will the acrylic to some extent which would be my concern rather than the color. Dark colors show the stains sometimes more than the lighter colors. As far as whether the upholstery fabric being easy to clean that would be something that your furniture store should be able to tell you. There are options like Olefin that are stain resistant but not always soft. See the description at http://www.fibersource.com/f-tutor/olefin.htm Leather is also an option as you can just wipe the surface stains off without much problem. I have a white leather couch and chair that my dog sleeps on and my grandchildren have spilled on but, after 8+ years they still look good. Hope this helps! Judith

Best Fabric To Use For A Sectional

Andy…what is the best fabric for wear in a sectional/couch that is going to get lots of kids wear? Are polyester blends good? Will cotton wear faster? I have a small furniture business and the question most asked is what fabric wears the best on couches. Thanks for your help. Hope Having been there, wood lasts the longest. Really, nothing will withstand a bunch of kids jumping around, spilling their chocolate milk, and rubbing their crunch cereal into the fabric. Let your customers choose whatever they like, and when the kids grow up, they can buy some nice silk fabric from you. For now, it really doesn’t matter. Enjoy the Kids, forget the couch! Good Luck, Andy

Estimating Yardage- Upholstery

Picking the Cover and Estimating the Yardage There are many things that come into the picture when selecting the fabric: #1 Do you want Cloth, Leather, or Vinyl? Things to consider– Wearability, Comfort, Cost , Width, Color coordination, Style, Cleanability Wearability: In this world of ours, it seems that in order to gain something, you have to give something up. This is also true with cloth. If you want Wearability then you can’t have nice bright colors. The fabrics that take on colors and hold them are the ones which have open pores and accept the color more readily. Open pores (or open weaves) are more affected by rubbing or abrasion, causing these fabrics to wear out sooner. Choosing a heavier, thicker, denser fabric will increase the Wearability. Some of the fabrics that fall into the less wearable class are Polished Cottons, Acetate, Rayon. These fabrics you’ll find in draperies due to their ability to hold colors and resist sunlight. The tougher fabric and the ones that don’t accept color as easily, but yet are more resistant to abrasion or wear, can be seen in the advertisements for carpeting. These are mostly man made fabrics but remember there are diversions from each of these. Some of these fabrics are Nylon, Polyester, and Olefin. Polyesterer thread is the main thread for sewing items that are going to be exposed to the outdoor elements, rain, sun & etc. Comfort: This is basically the softness, warmth, sun heat, and breathability (will air go though it?). With vinyl & leather you may have to install air-a-tors to let the air in and out especially a seat cushion, or you’ll feel like you’re sitting on a inner tube. Cost: I think you understand this without no further a explanation. Width: Most of your Upholstery fabric is 54 inches wide and you will find some that go to 62 inches wide (mostly for Automobiles). Fabric for draperies is normally less than 54″ so be careful on the width. Buying your fabric is by the lineal or running yard, so for example 1 yd long and 54″ wide which is 1 1/2yd wide, you end up with a total of 1 & ½ square yards. When you go to my estimator yardage chart this is using the 54′ wide fabric. Remember, this chart is only a guide. A good fabric store will roll your fabric for you instead of folding, so you don’t have to work with the folds. If your fabric store folds your…
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