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FibreGuard: How To Clean | Part 2

WHY DO SOME STAIN GUARD FABRICS HAVE A LIQUID REPELLENCY AND FIBREGUARD DOES NOT?

This was a product development choice to achieve the best possible handle of the fabric and to retain the permeability of the fabric, so spills will not spread by running across the upholstery, but are contained to a specific area. It’s also the addition of water during the cleaning process, which further breaks down stains and allows it to be blotted out of the fabric with ease. Not having a liquid repellency on the surface of the fabric ensures that FibreGuard’s fabrics are the most luxurious feeling stain-resistant fabrics on the market.

CAN A STAIN SEEP THROUGH FIBREGUARD AND ONTO THE CUSHION?

Yes, this is possible. As FibreGuard is not a moisture resistant fabric but instead stain resistant, the weave construction may allow moisture through the weave when cleaning or when large spills occur. If you are worried about moisture further soaking through the fabric when spot cleaning, a good idea is to remove the cover if possible, then clean as directed, or machine wash (30 degrees). If a moisture-barrier or water-repellence is required, please look to the FibreGuard Pro and FibreGuard Outdoor range of products.

WHY IS THERE A WATERMARK ON THE FABRIC EVEN THOUGH IT’S DRY?

Soap residue can give the appearance of a watermark and is generally caused by the application of too much soap. Soap and water should generally be applied at a 20:80 ratio. To minimise this risk, ensure the fabric is not left with excess soap residue on its surface through applying more water and dabbing off the excess. Or if preferred, machine wash the fabric (if removable) to dissolve the residual soap.

CAN FIBREGUARD FABRICS BE DRY-CLEANED AND/OR STEAM CLEANED?

All specific cleaning instructions are on the website and the fabric sample information card. Steam cleaning is really a last resort, and should only be done by an upholstery cleaning professional. FibreGuard fabrics can be machine washed at 30º.

CAN FIBREGUARD FABRICS BE BLEACHED?

Bleach is a very harmful product for the environment. Many competitors will proclaim the ability to use bleach on a fabric as an attribute, however this is not eco-friendly, entirely unnecessary and doesn’t align with our OEKO-TEX 100 certification. Bleach whitens fabrics but can also yellow some white fabrics. Applying bleach to a colored fabric can be risky and is not recommended.

HOW DO YOU CLEAN FIBREGUARD WHEN STAINED WITH MILDEW?

Mildew is a product of a wet or moist environment, follow your cleaning instructions as standard guidelines, and generally keep your fabric clean to reduce dirt and residual build up which will promote microbial and bacterial organisms.

WHAT IF A STAIN HAS BEEN ON THE FABRIC FOR QUITE A WHILE?

FibreGuard protection is for accidental spills and marks that occur in our everyday life. It is always recommended to remove the stain as soon as possible for easiest and best removal. However applying water and following the standard cleaning process hours, days, or weeks later, is still the same recommended cleaning method regardless the duration of the stain. If stains are stubborn, repeat the soap and water cleaning method, taking your time to work on the affected area until the stain is removed. Of course, you can always machine wash if the fabric where the stain is located is removable.

DOES THE NEW FIBREGUARD OUTDOOR RANGE HAVE AN ANTI-MICROBIAL / ANTI-BACTERIAL FINISH?

Yes. But did you know that anti-microbial /anti-bacterial are the same thing? Different markets refer to this treatment by different names. This finish is used in FibreGuard fabrics, and you can be confident in knowing that rigorous laboratory testing has been done in all relevant areas on this outdoor range to insure it will perform in all the ways specified.

WHY DO YOU USE SOLUTION DYE POLYOLEFIN AND NOT SOLUTION DYED ACRYLIC FOR THE FIBREGUARD RANGE?

Although an excellent outdoor fibre, acrylic is quite restricted in development terms. We have found acrylic to be limited in design options and yarn colour choices from mills, it can also be price prohibitive. Polyolefin has fewer limitations, has a better handle and appears less synthetic. Polyolefin is naturally water repellent, dries quicker and is more eco-friendly due to its recyclability and less water being used during manufacturing. This is still a solution dyed yarn which provides extremely high UV light fastness. Additionally, our FibreGuard protection solution cannot impregnate into acrylic, another reason we have moved to polyolefin.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIBREGUARD OUTDOOR AND UV PRO?

UV Pro is woven from solution dyed acrylic which has been previously known as an ideal fabric for outdoors. As above, the advances in FibreGuard’s stain resistant technology and the introduction of new anti-microbial / anti-bacterial properties to the FibreGuard range, we are now able to offer an easy clean, fade-resistant, water-repellent outdoor fabric with a superior range of colours, textures and designs in comparison to other competitors in the market.

WHAT IS A MOISTURE BARRIER?

Our FibreGuard Pro has a micro perforated (breathable), synthetic membrane or film on the back of the fabric, which creates an impermeable moisture barrier.

CAN YOU ADD A TOPICAL TREATMENT TO FIBREGUARD FABRICS?

No. You do not need to add topical treatments to FibreGuard fabrics. Anything applied to fabric after production will not be permanent, or environmentally safe. Aftermarket finishes wear away, and can emit fumes that can be odorless, tasteless and harmful and which are commonly known as VOCS.  

Note - Application of an after-market treatment to a FibreGuard fabric will invalidate the 5 year residential and 3 year commercial stain resistance warranty.

To see our full range of FibreGuard fabrics please visit our product page.  

Inspired by the nostalgia of celebrating and entertaining with friends and family, the new Fireworks Collection is a decorative and joyful addition to the James Dunlop FibreGuard range.

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