Faux Leathers Maintenance

**Note : stain resistant is never stain ‘’proof’’

**Note : Faux Leathers are not breathable

Clean with warm water. Rub gently in a circular motion. Remove all stains and spills immediately.

Warm water will clean stains such as soda, coffee, tea, milk, oil, ketchup, mayonnaise, chocolate, lipstick and make up.

Avoid over wetting. Do not dry in direct sunlight. Do not dry with a hair dryer. Do not use chemical cleaning agents.

**Note : Always test any cleaning agent in a hidden part of the furniture before using.
May be cleaned with a water based product such as foam from a mild detergent, (Ivory Flakes and Tide have been found suitable) or a non-solvent upholstery shampoo or foam.

**Note : Alcohol based products will deteriorate PVC. Ink and shoes polish will permanently stain PVC.

**Please note : Polyurethane is subject to color migration from other colors of this same fabric. To avoid color transfer, the surface of this fabric should not come in contact with another color of this same fabric. Color transfer may also occur with fabrics such as denim and sensuede or faux suede in dark colors that are naturally subject to crocking. Crocking often occurs in these types of fabrics in dark saturated colors like black, blue and red.
Color transfer is a known phenomenon that occurs with Polyurethane (vinyl). When a PU surface comes in contact with another PU surface, a chemical reaction occurs which causes color migration from dark colors to light colors. This chemical reaction will not occur when this fabric comes in contact with another type of fabrics or cloths.

**Please note : Upholstery nails/tacks are recommended as glue may react negatively with the chemicals in the PU or PVC.

**Special remarks : for patterns Angelfire, Serpent and Cheers – Please note that due to the special nature of this fabric and in order to avoid any damage, the fabric should be kept away from oil, paint and other chemical liquids, direct exposure to the sun and should be packed with waterproof packaging.

General Customer Responsabilities
It is the customers’s responsability to :

  • make sure proper care instructions are followed. It is important to check before ironing or steaming to prevent puckering or shrinkage.
  • decide whether to add treatments to fabrics that do not list Teflon/Scotch guard finishes.
  • ensure a large enough seam allowance is used to prevent seam slippage.
  • decide whether to serge fabrics after cutting & before sewing to prevent fraying and tearing at seams.
  • carefully calculate pattern repeats.

- Please note : due to circumstances beyond our control and variances in the manufacturing process, all pattern repeats listed are approximate, and do vary. We recommend making extra allowances for pattern repeats when calculating cuts.

-          decide the appropriate application for each fabric.
- please note : Maxwell Fabrics is commited to carrying fabrics from suppliers that meet or exeed all industry testing and standards. However, no tests are conducted with consideration to pet us as this is not considered normal use for residential fabric. Therefore, Maxwell Fabrics cannot guarantee/warrantee any fabric where pet are present under any circumstances. It is the customer’s responsability to choose fabric appropriately with consideration of pets in the home/environment.

-          Note : In order to avoid any damage, the fabric should be kept away from direct exposure to the sun.

-          Upholstery Specific Customer Responsabilities
consider the backing of a fabric before proceeding with upholstery pieces and select appropriate backing when necessary and to decide whether to add a backing fabric that does not have a latex backing for additional stability.

**Note : Faux leather/vinyl has a tendency to wrinckle or pucker when upholstering long pieces, such as benches or sectionals. To help prevent this, tufting or seaming is recommended.

Environmental Shrinkage or Stretching
When these situations come up it is usually a result of unpredictable and uncontrollable ‘’environmental conditions’’. Fabrics react to dryness, heat and humidity in the air and can shrink or stretch. The industry accepts a 3% change in fabric lenght. It is completely normal for a drapery treatement to shrink up or stretch out 2-4 inches, so this should always be taken into account when making a hem.

The fabric might stretch or shrink back again when weather or seasons change ; however, it does not always recover. If a fabric shrinks, the customer hopefully has enough of a hem allowance to let it out. If this is not the case the customer will have to make a ‘’false’’ hem to lengthen the treatment. If a fabric stretches, the customer can hem the treatment, but should not cut the fabric in case it shrinks back.