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Contemporary Upholstery Fabric Category Description:

Have you ever been confounded by modern art? Well, why not shake up your home décor with some of our Contemporary upholstery fabrics? In this category you'll find a wide range of iconoclastic fabrics which defy categorization. Find just the right thing to express yourself, from chenille to satin and more.

Our palette of Contemporary upholstery fabrics can turn any old couch or sofa into a canvas ready for your imagination. The fabrics under this category are uniform only in their durability. With these fabrics you can create a gallery in your own living room!

To keep your fabrics looking contemporary for years to come, we offer you the following suggestions on preserving and cleaning your contemporary upholstery fabrics.

Protecting Your Contemporary Upholstery Fabrics

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 animal print upholstery.

Our Contemporary Upholstery Fabrics section at any time may include chenille, velvet and other fabrics with piles. The care for these fabrics may also vary depending on their composition. To see specific recommendations on the proper care of these upholstery fabrics please visit their respective description pages.

Keep Your Contemporary Upholstery Fabrics in Great Condition

To preserve your contemporary upholstery fabrics it is essential that you vacuum or lightly brush them weekly to protect them against the accumulation of dust and soil and to prevent dirt from becoming embedded between the fibers. This simple measure helps the colors of your upholstery fabrics maintain their vibrancy for longer. Also remember to rotate and turn your cushions weekly to prevent uneven wear. This will also balance exposure to sunlight.

Do not place newspapers directly on your contemporary upholstery fabric because the ink could cause permanent stains. Dyes, corrosives, acids, paints, inks, nail polish and chemical-based removers should not be used in the vicinity of your upholstered furniture.

Upholstered furniture should be kept out of direct sunlight to protect it from fading.

About Stain Repellants

The stain repellants with which most of our contemporary upholstery fabrics are treated provide protective barriers around the individual fibers. The intention is for liquid spills to bead up on the surface of the fabric for easy blotting before it is absorbed by the fabric. However, a fabric's stain repellant properties do not make it waterproof. Keep in mind that the effectiveness of a stain repellant will deteriorate over time with the wear and abrasion caused by normal use.

The Best Way to Store Your Contemporary Upholstery Fabrics

If you are going to store your contemporary 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 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 contemporary 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 your upholstery fabrics.

If possible, store your contemporary upholstery fabrics on a roll rather than folded to prevent difficult to remove creases from forming. If folding the fabric is your only option, try to remove the fabric 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.

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