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FibreGuard: How To Clean | Part 1

Wondering how FibreGuard works?   

FibreGuard fabrics contains an amazing stain resistant technology that means you can buy that fabulous new couch and not worry about it getting marked or stained. It’s miraculous, there’s no need to worry about the dog’s dirty paw prints, tomato sauce or red wine spills.   It almost sounds too good to be true right?   

If you are curious to how this upholstery fabric can repel stains, then read on to hear the answers to some of the more common questions about this standout upholstery fabric.

WHAT KIND OF STAINS CAN I REMOVE FROM FIBREGUARD FABRICS?

All common household stains, including red wine, blood, dirt and sticky finger prints. See here for a full list.    

WHAT KIND OF SOAP DO WE NEED TO CLEAN FIBREGUARD?

Everyday household (uncoloured) soap is fine to use (bar or liquid form).

WHAT KIND OF MICROFIBRE CLOTH SHOULD I USE?

It doesn’t matter what size or colour microfibre cloth you use, just that it is a real microfibre cloth. This is because the many fibres in a microfibre cloth work kind of like millions of tiny fingers, doing the hard work for you.

HOW MUCH WATER DO I USE?

Firstly, you should use COLD water rather than hot or warm. You can use as much water as it takes to remove the stain. Using plenty of water won’t damage your FibreGuard fabrics, however it will take longer to dry. 

Ideally the mix is 20% soap to 80% water - we suggest you use a ‘water mister’ to apply water rather than pouring on large amounts of water and risk spreading the stain and making the cleanup take longer.

Mist water, rub the bar of soap sparingly on the stain, mist a little more water and rub with a microfibre cloth in a circular motion - check and repeat if necessary. Let it air dry afterwards.

Don’t use any heating method, such as hair dryers, to speed up the drying process. Heat will damage the fabric.

IS THE CIRCULAR MOVEMENT IMPORTANT?

Yes, rubbing gently in a circular motion is important because of the crisscrossing structure of the yarns. Using a circular movement is the best way to make sure you clean the whole stain effectively.

WHAT IS THE IDEAL PRESSURE TO APPLY WHEN CLEANING?

A gentle pressure is all that’s required. Rubbing harder will just smush the stain further into the structure of the fabric itself and make it harder to remove in the long run. Yes, ‘smush’ is the technical term.

DO I NEED A TOOTHBRUSH TO CLEAN FIBREGUARD FABRICS?

No, you don’t. All you need is water, a real microfibre cloth, and perhaps a small hard bar of white household soap to clean FibreGuard fabrics. 

CAN I USE VINEGAR TO CLEAN FIBREGUARD FABRICS?

No, you don’t need it to clean FibreGuard fabrics, and it could actually damage your fabric. Vinegar seems to be the internet’s famous home remedy for cleaning the home, so we thought we’d address that.

WHEN FIBREGUARD SAYS “ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY”, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 All of FibreGuard fabrics are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified, guaranteeing that our fabrics won’t release any harmful finishes or chemicals into your home and are safe to use by humans and pets.

WHY IS OEKO-TEX SO IMPORTANT?

Our fabrics have to be of the highest integrity at all costs. OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification means that every component of the textile production has been assessed and passed clear of harmful substances that affect humans, animals and the environment. FibreGuard fabrics are Oeko-Tex 100 certified and have been fully tested and audited.

HOW LONG DOES FIBREGUARD PROTECTION LAST?

The FibreGuard solution is impregnated into the yarn itself, during the yarn production process, (this is what makes it ‘inherently’ stain resistant) this gives it a lifetime of stain on stain removal. As an inherent stain resistant construction, FibreGuard performs much better and lasts longer than topical stain treatments. FibreGuard protection will last as long as the fabric lasts you.

CAN YOU CLEAN HAIR PRODUCTS AND OILS OFF FIBREGUARD FABRICS? I.E. BEDHEADS

Yes.  With the usual cleaning process, (please follow cleaning instructions), you can remove hair care products and oils from FibreGuard fabrics.

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