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Atmosphere Care

Thank you for choosing fabrics from Atmosphere.

We have listed out simple, everyday care instructions for your fabrics, to preserve their beauty and character. Every fabric however, has its own specific care requirements and it is important to read the manufacturer’s care instructions.

Careful and regular maintenance is the key to prolonging the life and retaining the appearance of soft furnishings. We hope you find this fabric care guide useful.

General Care

The principal causes of every day soiling are dust, smoke, gas and accidental staining. Most of these can be avoided or reduced and others remedied by timely and appropriate maintenance.

Fabrics should be vacuum cleaned regularly with an appropriate attachment to prevent dust from settling in. This can significantly extend the life of furnishings.

The professional application of a proprietary stain resist agent can aid in preventing premature soiling, particularly on upholstery.

Silk should always be dry cleaned by professional cleaners with experience of furnishing fabrics. Silk fabrics may be ironed at low temperatures with care, without steam.

Linen fabrics, whether 100% linen or mixed with yarns such as cotton or viscose, are more prone to shrinkage than other fiber types, especially in washing. For this reason we recommend that all linen fabrics should be dry-cleaned.

Avoid exposure to h5 direct sunlight.

Silk/Silk Blends

It is well known that silk fabrics can be more fragile than other types and a certain amount of care should be exercised in their make up and maintenance.

Sheers

Sheer curtains and blinds are particularly vulnerable to fading. Whenever possible hang lining curtains to protect them from fading and sun damage.

Ensure curtains and blinds are professionally dry-cleaned. Remove hooks and drapery hardware before dry cleaning. To prevent damage along fold lines, hang drapes as soon as they return from the cleaners.

Do not cut or pull out loose threads. Use a needle or pin to push the thread under the fabric.

Avoid exposure to h5 direct sunlight.

Curtains may shrink or extend in use owing to fluctuations in atmospheric temperature or humidity. This is particularly so with fabrics that contain a high proportion of viscose.

Curtains should always be made with an adequate hem, loosely tacked until after the first cleaning. An allowance of at least 5% should be added to the length required.

Regular turning of seat and back cushions should prolong the appearance, together with regular vacuum cleaning using an appropriate attachment. Take care not to spill liquids onto velvets, especially those with a viscose pile. It will cause staining or watermarks which are extremely difficult to remove.  Cotton and Silk velvets are natural products with dimension and when made up as drapes and upholstery will change in appearance with use and natural  humidity of the surroundings.

Pressure marks, rolling stripes and smaller irregularities, which are inherent to the  product, improve in a ventilated and relatively humid environment.  As an aid to restoring the pile and removing pressure marks the use of a soft brush and light steaming may be effective.

Dry Cleaning Impact On Flame Resistant Fabrics

An essential thing to keep in mind when assessing flame-resistant technologies is that inherent flame resistant properties cannot be washed out or damaged through exposure to chemicals in laundering, whether at-home or commercial.

FR-treated fabrics, however, may be damaged by chlorine bleach, the combination of hydrogen peroxide (‘oxygen bleach’) with hard water, or exposure to oxidizing chemicals.

Bed Linen

Home laundering is recommended for all of our linens, except where dry cleaning is indicated. Water temperature should not be above 40°C.

Use a gentle laundry detergent, with a final cold rinse. Linens should be separated into light and dark color batches. Pre-soak in cold water for stubborn stains if required. Products with bluing agents or whiteners are not recommended for colored linens.

Avoid overloading the machine to prevent breakage of long fibers in fine cottons. For best results iron the fabric while still damp.

To enhance the softness of cotton fabrics, and reduce wrinkling, use a fabric softener. However fabric softener makes cotton less absorbent.

To ensure the longevity of bedding: We recommend rotating your sheets, with a set in the closet and a set on the bed. This ensures that no one set receives more wear than another.

Sewing

While working with our fabrics, do ensure that they are used as recommended.

All fabrics need to be sewn with careful consideration to their unique weave structures. Open weaves require lining, stability reinforcements, fusing etc.

Fabrics with heavier decorative yarns will benefit from interlocking before seams are sewn.

Heavy satins may require a change in needle size to avoid pin marks.

Interlining/Backing for all upholstery qualities are h5ly recommended.

Drapes

Ensure that curtains/ blinds do not hang too close to windows or radiators. Excessive moisture from condensation or excessive heat and dryness can have dramatic effects on dimensional stability and soiling.

Curtains and blinds should always be lined and, if possible, drawn right back from the windows during daylight hours. Shutters or sun awnings will give added protection in sunny areas.

Lightproof linings and interlinings must be used when making silk curtains and blinds to protect them from sunlight. Living in locations that receive less direct sunlight does not guarantee a lack of fading - damaging UV rays that cause fading, do penetrate cloudy skies.

100% silk fabrics are not recommended for roman blinds where any degree of  fading could be more apparent. Movement of curtains in situ cannot be accepted as a fault in the fabric and claims will not be accepted.

Upholstery

Vacuum regularly with a special upholstery nozzle in order to prevent dust and dirt from locking into the fabric.

Remove damp or wet stains immediately with white, soft, lint-free, absorbable cloth or clean with a mild stain remover. Do not rub. If the stain persists, contact a specialist.

Do not treat fixed covers with soap or detergent, this is to prevent color bleeding. Fixed chair and sofa covers may be professionally shampooed.

All woven fabrics, particularly those made from natural fibers such as cotton or linen will shrink minimally. It is quite normal for furnishing fabrics to shrink in cleaning, sometimes by as much as 6 - 8%.

Dry clean loose covers. Remove rivets, hooks and trims before dry cleaning

Dry-cleaning (which, unlike the name suggests, is not a ‘dry’ process) can also cause shrinkage, although to a lesser extent.

For fabrics labeled 'washable', hand-wash with gentle detergent and lukewarm water. Squeeze gently and rinse - do not rub fabric. Dry flat, away from direct sunlight. Do not tumble dry.

Iron covers lengthways while damp, on mild heat. Iron on reverse at low temperature.

Silk, in general, has low light fastness characteristics and no claims will be accepted for fading. Furnishing should not be kept in direct sunlight.

Rotation of seat and back cushions should prolong the appearance.

Velvets

Marking or pile distortion are normal characteristics of velvets and are not an indication of poor wear.

Movement or displacement of the pile is quite normal and should be expected, especially in areas of high use such as arms, seat fronts and back cushions.

During use shading and pressure marks should diminish or disappear altogether.

While working with velvets, make sure that the quality you choose is suitable for upholstery and be sure to apply the right upholstering methods.

Take care to seam cut edges and fold the edge twice before nailing or stapling. This prevents the velvet from unnecessary rupture and tearing.

Always use an interlining while upholstering a velvet, even one that is back coated. The fabric will last longer and pile loss will be limited.

Decorative Made Ups

Decorative accessories are by nature delicate and artistic.

Dry clean at specialist dry cleaners.

Store in soft linen bags when not in use to avoid snags and pilling.

Products with large floats and embossed textures should not be ironed flat.