The Wild West has spawned some of the most famous characters and stories that we know: Wild Bill, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Jesse James and others have become part of American folklore. Other events and expressions, such as the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and showdowns at high-noon, have also become part of the popular lexicon. Those rough-and-tumble days still hold much fascination more than one hundred years later.
The interest in these vivid, larger than life characters and stories even extends to something as mundane as fabric. Therefore, we are delighted to present our customers with the opportunity to purchase western-styled upholstery fabrics from our Southwestern Upholstery Collection.
J&O’s Southwestern Upholstery Collection encompasses a wide variety of fabrics, including chenille and tapestry. As you investigate this category you’ll see how easy it is to add a Southwestern flavor to your home décor. Besides upholstering, many of these fabrics are versatile enough to be used for other craft and decorative purposes.
Even rough and tough upholstery fabrics like the ones found in this section need to be properly cared for in order to remain in the best possible condition. To that end here are some care tips for our Southwestern Upholstery Fabrics:
Vacuum or lightly brush your Southwestern 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 Southwestern 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 Southwestern Upholstery Fabric
A basic warning before you clean your Southwestern 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 Southwestern upholstery fabrics.
When cleaning your Southwestern upholstery you can employ a very soft brush (such as a baby’s hairbrush) for brushing the nap of the fabric.
Southwestern 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 Southwestern upholstery fabrics. 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 Southwestern 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 Southwestern Upholstery Fabrics
If you are going to store your Southwestern 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 Southwestern 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 Southwestern 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.
It is best to store your Southwestern 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.