Durafab fabrics are made from Duralene Olefin synthetic fibers which do not absorb liquids and moisture. Any staining which remains on the fiber surface is easy to clean. Water-based cleaning agents and foam or mild, dry cleaning solvents may be used for cleaning this fabric. It is important to vacuum upholstery regularly to remove the surface dust that builds up and slowly contributes to a graying effect that diminishes the clarity of the original color.
In addition to regular vacuuming, a professional cleaner should come in at least once or twice a year to thoroughly clean the fabric and remove the soiling that a normal vacuum cleaner cannot reach. The expense of this service is small compared to the reward of seating that looks good as new after a lot of use.
There are two types of stains: water-based and oil-based. The key to removing either type is prompt action. The longer a stain is allowed to remain on a fabric, the more difficult it will be to remove.
For water-based stains, a solution of warm soapy water (not overly soapy) used in the following manner should remove them.
In removing oil-based stains, the same procedure can be followed, but instead of warm water, a spray dry cleaning solution is used. Either treatment should be tried in a concealed part of the fabric first, to make sure there will be no adverse reaction between the color and the cleaning solution.
Step 1. Soak up excess staining material immediately with a soft absorbent material such as tissue, paper towels or colorfast cloth. Do not dry the stain completely or it may set. Scrape and vacuum away dry, solid material. Avoid working soilant deeper into the fabric.
Step 2. Either by using warm soapy water or a dry cleaning solution and a clean sponge or soft bristle brush, begin brushing the stain with light, quick strokes. Start at the outside of the stain and work toward the center to avoid ringing. Be careful not to overly saturate the stain with cleaning solution or you may get a ring. Also, overwetting may spread the stain and damage cushion material under the fabric. Do not rub too vigorously or you may damage the nap of the fabric or break fibers. Turn the damp cloth frequently to a clean surface to avoid redepositing the soilant.
Step 3. Once the stain is removed, soak up all remaining cleaning solution and then use another clean cloth or sponge dipped in cool water to remove any residue that will attract further soiling. Cleaning the entire fabric panel, or at least a large area around the spot reduces the likelihood of ringing.
Step 4. Allow fabric to dry thoroughly and then vacuum well before using.
Step 5. Several light applications are less harmful to fabrics than one concentrated one. If you go through the above steps and there is still a stain, repeat the entire procedure.
Note: never use anything hot to clean fabric, as heat will set stains. Also, avoid a scrubbing motion. If the stain is stubborn, call a professional cleaner and ask for their advice.
Stains and Recommended Cleaners
- Tea, coffee, cola, ketchup, chocolate, juice, inks, carbon, watercolors, wine
- 50/50 solution of warm water and detergent or hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate based bleaches
- Heavy stain, gravy, pickle juice, urine, vomit
- 50/50 solution of warm water and detergent or hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate based bleaches; or water and detergent solution with 3% ammonia
- Furniture polish, beer
- 50/50 solution of warm water and detergent or hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate based bleaches; or water and detergent solution with 3% ammonia; or undiluted white vinegar; or 10% acetic acid solution
- 50/50 solution of warm water and detergent or hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate based bleaches; or undiluted white vinegar; or 10% acetic acid solution
- Nail polish
- 50/50 solution of warm water and detergent or hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate based bleaches; or solvent
- 50/50 solution of warm water and detergent with 3% ammonia
- 50/50 solution of warm water and detergent with 3% ammonia; or solvent such as paint, oil or grease remover
- Undiluted white vinegar or 10% acetic acid solution
- Rubber cement, shoe polish
- Crayon, Latex paint, linseed oil, lipstick, oil, oil paints
- Paint, oil, grease remover
- Oxalic acid