- Seating Care
Polyester or Olefin Fabrics
- These fabrics are colorfast when using standard wet and dry processes and are also resistant to most spot-cleaning solvents.
- Oil or grease spots will respond to mild solvent or dry cleaning agents. A blotting technique should be sufficient to remove most spots.
- Accumulated dirt and grime spots can be removed with a mild detergent or upholstery shampoo. Rinse well with a clean sponge to remove traces of the water-based cleaning agent, but do not soak the substrate, if possible. Fabric will dry very quickly.
- Avoid excessive brushing or rubbing to prevent pilling of the fabric surface.
Wool Content Fabric
- Dry (solvent) cleaning methods are preferred; water-based products may cause shrinkage.
- Oil, grease, and general dirt spots should respond to a mild, dry cleaning solvent. Use a blotting technique. Rubbing the fabric may lead to surface abrasion.
- Should an unacceptable degree of surface distortion – such as pilling – result from spot-cleaning, you may realign the fabric fibers using a standard handheld steam iron. Use the ‘wool’ setting, with steam, to press the affected fibers back into place.
Nylon Content Fabric
- These fabrics are colorfast when using standard wet and dry cleaning processes and are also resistant to most spot-cleaning solvents.
- Dry soils: vacuum surfaces regularly to prevent sand, dust, ash, and dry dirt from being worked into the fabrics.
- Wet soils: use commercially available water-based upholstery detergents to clean mud, spills, food, and so on. Follow directions on package.
- Oily spills: grease, tar, greasy foods, and the like may require cleaning with a solvent cleaner or solvent-fortified detergent. Follow directions on package.
- A blotting technique should remove most spots. Avoid brushing or rubbing to prevent pilling of the fabric surface.
- Most meshes can be cleaned with a vacuum.
- If some soiling does occur, use a mild detergent (10%) and water solution. Support the mesh with a clean towel on the back, and gently apply the cleaning solution. Use gently circular motions. Once clean, remove any residue with clean water and a clean towel (still supporting the mesh) and a clean white cloth.
- Do NOT use a heavy bristle brush as this may damage the fbaric.
- Do NOT use excessive heat while cleaning.
Seating Faux Leather Vinyl
- Wipe regularly with clean water and a damp, clean, soft white cloth.
- General cleaning can be done as needed with a mild (10%) detergent and water solution. Always rinse with clean water and dry.
- For heavy soiling, dampen a soft white cloth or soft bristle brush with a one to one (1:1) solution of Fantastic® and water or Formula 409® and water. Use care as scrubbing can damage the surface.
- More difficult stains can be treated, but this should be occasional, not daily, cleaning. ANY cleaning solution used must be removed with clean water and a clean white cloth. Cleaning residue left on the vinyl can cause it to dry out and crack, or affect the color.
- For more difficult stains, dampen a soft white cloth with a solution of household bleach (10% bleach / 90% water). Rub gently and rinse with a water dampened clean cloth to remove the bleach concentration. It is important that all bleach residue be removed as this is the primary cause of surface cracking.
- DO NOT use solvent-based cleaning agents; they can remove plasticizers from the vinyl making it brittle and can cause cracking.
- DO NOT use any cleaners with corrosive ingrediants (such as lye or acids) or ammonia.
- Refer to the top 3 steps listed under 'vinyl' ONLY. Cleaners for heavier soiling should NOT be used as this can damage the material.
Noble (Faux Suede)
- Daily maintenance with a lint brush will help maintain the 'suede' nap on the fabric. Occasional vacuuming followed by a gentle dusting with a damp, clean, white cloth is recommended.
- Spot cleaning can be accomplished with a paper towel until absorbed. Dried-in soiling requires a light brush or vacuum of the area. If soil is still not removed, you can try wiping the area with a damp (lukewarm water), clean, white cloth working from the outside of the stained area in.
- Oil based stains should be wiped up as much as possible with a dry cloth or paper towel. Try not to spread the stain. Pat the stained area with a clean white cloth soaked in ethyl alcohol from the outside in, and pat the loosened dirt and oil off with a clean, dry cloth.
- Most stains can be removed with lukewarm water and a mild soap. Then wipe the leather with a damp cloth and dry with a soft, dry cloth.
- Saddle soaps, polish, or wax should never be used.
- For general maintenance, dust the leather surface just as you would furniture.
- Leathers with a specialty finish or a ‘sueded’ finish should be professionally cleaned.
- Warm water and a mild detergent (10%) solution will remove most soiling. A soft bristle brush can be used to remove heavier dirt. Always use a clean white cloth and clean water to remove any residue.
- Do NOT use a hard bristle brush as this may damage the surface of the plastic.
- Do NOT use oil-based cleaners.