When first discovered vinyl was
When first discovered vinyl was considered to be a useless
material. Since then however, it has become a favorite for many different
Vinyl is extremely durable and will hold up under almost any
conditions. Therefore, it is a preferred upholstery fabric for boat cushions,
car interiors and patio furniture.
Our vinyl comes in a variety of colors. We also have vinyl
with patterns and varying textures.
As tough as our vinyl fabrics are, there are some things you
can do to maximize their lifespan.
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Vinyl Fabrics
Vinyl is not impervious to harm. Some of the factors which
most affect vinyl are thermal heat, ultraviolet radiation, abrasion and the
solvents found in some cleaning products. Heat can cause grime to bake into the
surface of your vinyl fabrics, while ultraviolet radiation will cause them to
fade and crack.
First of all, there are certain cleaning products which are
best avoided: household cleaners, abrasives, steel wool, industrial cleaners,
dry cleaning fluids, petroleum distillates, waxes, silicone oils, undiluted
bleach or detergents.
To clean your vinyl fabrics, instead use a soft bristled
brush with warm, soapy water. Rinse the vinyl with a sponge or cloth and cool
water and dry it off. For stubborn stains you can use an alkaline - or soap -
based cleaner. Never use a solvent - or acid - based formula.
The cleaning care your vinyl needs will depend on how soiled
it is. For lightly soiled vinyl fabric, a solution of 10% household liquid dish
soap with warm water applied with a soft damp cloth will do the trick.
For the most difficult stains use a solution of 10% bleach to
90% water and apply with a soft white cloth. Gently rub the vinyl then rinse
with a clean, water-dampened cloth.
As always, any of the above mentioned methods should be
applied on an inconspicuous area of the vinyl before moving on to a more visible
part. Avoid using paper towels. When cleaning vinyl make sure that you are in a
well ventilated area.
Storing Your Vinyl Fabrics
If you are going to store your vinyl fabrics for any period of time, be sure to
clean them first to prevent dust, soil and stains from
attracting critters. Furthermore, avoid storing your vinyl 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 vinyl fabrics out of direct sunlight.
Always store your vinyl fabrics rolled, not folded, in order
to prevent permanent and unsightly 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