Fabric Care and Information
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After choosing your perfect piece of upholstered furniture, Magic recommends that you follow some simple tips to protect your investment and ensure that you enjoy your furniture for many years to come. Looking after your furniture will not only extend the life of your furniture but also maintain its appearance and performance.

It is important that you get off on the right foot and chose a fabric that is appropriate to the performance you require and expect from your furniture. To assist customers in choosing a fabric that will suit their needs, most samples from reputable fabric suppliers are labeled with relevant product information such as performance categories as listed below.

PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES

LD - Light Domestic: Suitable only for upholstery intended for occasional, decorative or light usage.
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GD - General Domestic/Light Commercial: Suitable for most styles of upholstery for general daily use.
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HD - Heavy Domestic/Medium Commercial: Suitable for upholstery normally subjected to heavy domestic and occasional commercial daily use including motion and fixed lounge furniture, bar stools, tub chairs and dining chairs.
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HC - Heavy Commercial: Suitable for upholstery normally subjected to heavy use including bar stools, tub chairs and dining chairs and seating where the furniture is used throughout the day in commercial environments.
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D - Drapery: All fabrics that are labeled D should not be considered for furniture applications.

  

GENERAL CARE

When planning and arranging your furniture, care should be taken to avoid touching external walls or radiators to prevent problems of moisture build up and/or scorching damage. Don’t place the fabric in direct sunlight or near heaters as they can fade and damage the fabric. Use curtains and blinds to protect your furniture from direct sunlight through windows and doors, as prolonged exposure will result in fading and damage. Constant exposure to the direct rays of the sun will break down fabric fibres, causing them to become brittle and resulting in the effected area breaking when cleaned.

Dust settles on upholstered furniture just as it does on hard surfaces and mixed with crumbs and other particles can have an abrasive effect on the fabric. Regular weekly gentle vacuuming with the upholstery attachments supplied with your vacuum cleaner will minimize its effect.

Rotate and plump reversible seat and back cushions regularly and where possible swap their positions from left to right to ensure even wear. Try to use all positions of a sofa equally rather than only a “favorite seat” as this will result in your furniture wearing evenly and aging as one. Over time some fillings including foam and fibre can lose up to 25% of their original volume and firmness. This in most cases is through natural wear and tear and is not considered a fault. 

Take care to prevent sharp objects such as rings, buckles and pet’s claws from coming into contact with your furniture, as this may cause snagging or tearing of the fabric. Don’t pull loose threads but cut them instead.

Heavy perspiration, occurring mostly on heavy use armrests and headrests, can also affect the long-term durability of fabric suites. Armrest and headrest covers should be considered as once these areas are impregnated with perspiration and or stained through everyday use, they may be impossible to clean completely. Armrest covers also work to prevent the arms from being the first area of the furniture to wear. Do not sit on the arms or shoulders of the lounge or allow children to jump on your suite as this will void any warranty and alter the look and shorten the lifespan of your furniture dramatically.

OXIDATION & YELLOWING

Fumes from chimneys, auto exhausts, open fires, gas fires, stoves, or whatever combustion is present, produce a sulphur compound which when combined with humidity and oxygen in the air produce a mild sulphuric acid. This matter is absorbed by or clings to the furnishing fabric and contributes to discolouration and deterioration of the fabric. Fumes and atmosphere in any room where tobacco is smoked will cause a yellow/brown stain on most fabrics. This is a particular problem in modern fabrics with a white or light background. 

PROFESSIONAL FABRIC SERVICING

Magic recommends that water based chemical fabric protectors be applied by licensed applicators only. Fabric protectors do not eliminate the need for vacuuming, routine cleaning or proper care. They will, however, make spot cleaning and vacuuming quicker, easier and more efficient between professional cleans and keep your fabric looking cleaner for longer, as well as extending its life.

PROFESSIONAL CLEANING FREQUENCY

This is determined by the furniture use, your own maintenance, upkeep and environmental conditions. As a good “rule of thumb” overall professional cleaning is recommended every 12-24 months for “high use” lounges. Remember, any professional fabric protection application will have to be re-applied after most professional cleaning !!!

CLEANING GUIDE

OUR SPOT CLEANING ADVICE IS OFFERED IN GOOD FAITH AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS A GUARANTEE THAT ALL STAINS MAY BE REMOVED.  FOR SEVERE STAINS PLEASE CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL UPHOLSTERY CLEANING COMPANY.

SPOT CLEANING

Treat spills and stains as soon as possible.  Test on a hidden area to ensure fabric and colour are not removed.  Gently scrape any soil or mop any liquid from the surface of the fabric.  Use of soap or detergent with water should be approached with caution since over zealous rinsing to remove soap residue may result in over-wetting, water marking and possible wetting of the substructure, which may cause other stains or structural damage.

1. FOR NON OIL-BASED STAINS

Use warm water and non-toilet soaps which do not contain optical brighteners (consider Velvet soap, Lux flakes, Softly).  Mix a small amount of soap and warm water solution and apply to stain, rubbing gently.  Blot dry with a clean towel.  Apply cool water (preferably rain or distilled water) and blot dry again.  Then with a hairdryer working out from the centre of the stain, dry quickly to prevent rings forming.  It is generally preferable to clean whole panels of fabric in this way rather than trying to spot clean specific areas.

2. FOR OIL-BASED STAINS

Following the same basic guidelines as above apply a proprietary brand solvent base cleaner and try to clean generally in panels rather than spot cleaning specific areas.  A helpful “industry secret” is for spot removal of oil-based biro marks by the application of a conventional hair spray.  To further enhance spot cleaning results, Warwick have introduced the “Halo Fabric Care Kit” which includes Halo spot cleaner for most household stains, Halo fabric deodoriser to help neutralize pet and general odours and Halo fabric protector to restore liquid repellency on fabric sections that have been spot cleaned.

STAIN REMOVAL

OUR STAIN REMOVAL ADVICE IS OFFERED IN GOOD FAITH AND NO RESPONSIBILITY IS ASSUMED BY MAGIC FOR ANY DAMAGE THAT MAY BE CAUSED BY THE FOLLOWING ADVICE. 

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

After the moisture has been blotted up, dab at the stain with a clean cloth dampened in rubbing alcohol.  Then blot repeatedly with liquid detergent mixed with cool water.  Blot dry with a towel.  Dab again with clear cool water and blot dry.

BLOOD

After the moisture has been blotted up, dab at the stain with a clean cloth dampened in rubbing alcohol.  Then blot repeatedly with liquid detergent mixed with cool water.  Blot dry with a towel.  Dab again with clear cool water and blot dry.

CHEWING GUM

Rub an ice cube over the gum to harden it, then crape off the excess with a dull knife.  To remove what’s left, use dry cleaning fluid.

CHOCOLATE (and other soft candy)

This is a combination greasy/non-greasy stain.  Scrape excess away, and then go over the spot with cool water mixed with a liquid detergent.  Blot thoroughly and then clean with dry cleaning fluid.

COFFEE AND TEA

Sponge with warm water.  Apply warm glycerine.  Leave for 30 minutes.  Flush out with water and dry quickly.

COSMETICS

Sponge with warm water.   Apply warm glycerine.  Leave for 30 minutes.  Flush out with water and dry quickly.

FRUIT AND FRUIT JUICES

After excess is blotted up or scraped away, blot the spot with cool water.  If a stain remains, add liquid detergent and a drop of vinegar to the water.  Dab the spot with this mixture and blot until there’s no trace of a stain.  Then go over the area lightly with clear water to remove traces of vinegar.

GREASE (including hair grease and oil)

Scrape away excess if necessary and then dab repeatedly at the stain with dry cleaning fluid.  If any stain remains, go over the area with a lukewarm mixture of liquid detergent and water.  Always make sure you use a clean portion so you don’t put the stain back in the fabric.  Last, go over the area with a clean cloth moistened with cool clear water.

ICE CREAM

Scrape away excess and apply cool water mixed with liquid detergent, blotting frequently with a dry cloth so as not to saturate the fabric.  Let dry and then go over any remaining stain with dry cleaning fluid.  Blot dry.

INK

Moisten with warm glycerine.  Leave for 10 minutes.  Apply liquid detergent and brush lightly.  Flush out with water and dry quickly.

IODINE

Rub with cut lemon before sponging with warm water.  Apply small quantity of detergent with clean cloth.  Blot stain then remove soapy residue with cloth wrung out in warm water and white vinegar solution (1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water).

MILK AND VOMIT

Blot or scrape away the excess, then take a clean soft cloth and blot.  Apply clear cool water to the area, blotting frequently.  Then blot with a detergent solution to which you’ve added a small amount of ammonia.  Blot dry and wait a few minutes.  Go over the area with dry cleaning fluid, blot dry.  Finally, blot the area lightly with a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol.

SOFT DRINKS, SWEETS AND SYRUPS

Sponge with water, add warm glycerine and work into stain. Flush out with water and dry.

SHOE POLISH

Apply liquid paraffin to loosen the stain, and then sponge with dry cleaning fluid.

URINE

It is especially important to treat this stain right away, before the urine dries.  Otherwise, the urine may react with the fabric dyes and cause permanent discolouration.  First, dab at the stain with a solution of white vinegar and water and blot dry.  Then apply a mixture of liquid detergent and cool water, blotting frequently and with a dry cloth to avoid saturating the fabric.  Finally, dab the spot with clear cool water and blot thoroughly. 

WATER SPOTS

Blot thoroughly and then dampen the entire spot with clear white vinegar.  Wait a few minutes.  When the area is dry, moisten it again with clear water, blotting with a dry cloth after every application of the damp cloth.  If the fabric has a pile, brush in the direction of the pile when it is dry.

With many thanks to “Warwick Fabrics” and the “Wortley Group” for their contributions.

MAGIC STOCKS A FULL RANGE OF FABRIC CARE PRODUCTS IN STORE AND CAN ARRANGE PROFESSIONAL FABRIC PROTECTION SERVICE IN HOUSE OR BEFORE YOUR FURNITURE IS DELIVERED.

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