The history of Ultra-suede can be traced back to 1970 when the first micro-fiber was invented by Dr. Miyoshi Okamoto. Within the next few months, one of Dr. Okamoto's colleagues successfully developed a process which would turn these fibers into the fabric now known as Ultra-suede.
Maybe that explains why micro-fiber has such a serious retro vibe to it. In any case, you’ll find that, whatever your home décor needs are, there is always space for a selection from our Ultra-suede/Suede Upholstery fabrics.
Durability and softness define the Ultra-suede feel. And while it is stain resistant, that won’t lessen its whimsical versatility.
What can you do with the most beautiful manmade suede? Ultra-suede and lounge chairs are a match made in heaven, and when you add ultra-suede lampshades you’ll have created the perfect ambience for sitting back and relaxing. Try upholstering your car or your couch with it.
You can also make jackets, pants and other garments. Even pillows, bedspreads and ottomans can all be renewed with a touch of ultra-suede.
If nostalgia’s your game, then use Ultra-suede to upholster your dining room chairs. Without your pasta getting cold you can go back to all those greasy spoon, burger dives from back in the day.
So, do your furniture a favor and treat it to some Ultra-suede. At the same time, do your Ultra-suede a favor and take the best care of it possible with the following tips.
Keep Your Ultra-Suede/Suede Upholstery Fabric Looking Fresh
Vacuum or lightly brush your ultra-suede upholstery fabrics weekly to guard against the accumulation of dust and soil and to prevent dirt from becoming embedded between the fibers. Also remember to rotate and turn your cushions weekly to prevent uneven wear. This will also balance the fabric's exposure to sunlight and allow its colors to remain vibrant for longer. Do not place your upholstered furniture in direct sunlight.
Placing newspapers directly onto your ultra-suede upholstery could permanently stain the fabric. Dyes, corrosives, acids, paints, inks, nail polish and chemical-based removers should not be used in the vicinity of your upholstered furniture.
Cleaning Your Ultra-Suede/Suede Upholstery Fabric
A basic warning before you clean your ultra-suede upholstery fabrics is to never remove cushion covers for separate dry cleaning or washing. Doing so can destroy the backing and shrink or otherwise damage your upholstery fabric. The zipper is to make it easy to stuff the cushion filling into the fabric cover — not to remove it.
Gently blot up stains as quickly as possible with a clean, white cotton towel being careful not to rub the fabric. If the substance spilled is thick (i.e. mud, candle wax, etc.), allow time for it to dry before prying it off and brushing away the residue. Prompt attention to stains increases success in removing them. Even stain-resistant finishes such as scotch-guard offer only temporary protection. Periodic cleaning by professional upholstery cleaners will maximize the lifespan of your ultra-suede/suede upholstery fabrics.
When cleaning your ultra-suede upholstery you can employ a very soft brush (such as a baby’s hairbrush) for brushing the nap of the fabric.
Ultra-suede upholstery fabrics can be spot cleaned with a mild solvent or dry cleaning product. Follow the usage directions for such products and make sure that the area you are cleaning in is well ventilated. Avoid using products that contain the highly toxic ingredient carbon tetrachloride. An upholstery shampoo or the foam from a mild detergent can also be employed on ultra-suede. Always test the cleaning product on an inconspicuous area before proceeding. If the upholstery fabric requires more extensive cleaning, we recommend calling in professional upholstery cleaners.
A Note on Stain Repellants
The stain repellants many ultra-suede upholstery fabrics are treated with form protective barriers around the fibers. Therefore, most liquid spills will bead up on the surface of the fabric for easy blotting before they sets in to cause a stain. However, an upholstery fabric's stain repellant properties do not make it waterproof. Keep in mind that the effectiveness of a stain repellant will deteriorate with the wear and abrasion caused by normal use.
How to Store Your Ultra-suede/Suede Upholstery Fabrics
If you are going to store your ultra-suede upholstery fabrics for any period of time, be sure to have them properly laundered first to prevent dust, soil and stains from attracting critters. Furthermore, avoid storing your ultra-suede upholstery fabrics in attics, basements and other places that tend to be vulnerable to mold, mildew and insects and other threats. The best storage location is a cool, dry room. If using a closet, make sure there is sufficient air circulation to prevent mold growth. Always store your fabrics out of direct sunlight.
Your ultra-suede upholstery fabrics can be stored in bags of linen, cotton or muslin. Do not use plastic bags, cedar chests or cardboard boxes for storage. Fumes from polyurethane foam, cedar closets and acids in unvarnished wood and cardboard can damage your upholstery fabrics. Acid free tissue paper can also be employed in the storage of ultra-suede upholstery fabrics.
It is best to store your ultra-suede upholstery fabrics on rolls rather than folding them to prevent difficult creases from forming. If folding the fabric is your only option, try to air the fabric out and refold it regularly to prevent permanent creasing.
* The above information is intended to aid our customers in their fabric projects. These suggestions are based on manufacturer's recommendations and customer insights. The above statements are not intended to be understood as unequivocal or applicable to every circumstance. Therefore, J&O Fabrics is not responsible for the results of the implementation of these cleaning methods.