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Don’t follow the hacks - FibreGuard cleaning tips

Have you noticed that the web is full of ‘one trick’ wonders for cleaning pretty much everything in your home? From baking soda to rid carpet stains, grapefruit to clean your bath, and vinegar for bad odours, there is a home remedy for any occasion. 

We all like natural products, but sometimes things are taken a bit too far and it is hard to know what actually does and doesn’t work.

It is due to this (unscientific) information that we are frequently asked about using different cleaning hacks on our stain-resistant fabrics, especially when it comes to FibreGuard sofa fabrics. 

In this article we will cover some key questions relating to the cleaning of your FibreGuard fabric.

Can I use my own homemade cleaning solutions on my FibreGuard couch?

Simple answer: no. 

There are two DIY cleaning remedies that show up when it comes to cleaning fabric upholstery: vinegar and bleach and neither of these products should be within reach!

Why not Vinegar? This abrasive liquid seems to be everywhere online as a household cleaning hack for any surface or application, most commonly with baking soda. Using vinegar to clean your soft furnishings will give off a very potent smell – this is just one reason as to not to use it!

There are plenty of recipes online for homemade cleaning products and FibreGuard fabrics don’t need this suspicious cleaning method used on them.

Follow the cleaning guide here for the four steps and two of them are ‘use water’.

Why we detest bleach

We strongly advise against using bleach to clean your sofa, whether it’s FibreGuard fabric or not.  Bleach, especially chlorine-based bleach, is hugely toxic to the environment and our own health.  It is damaging to skin and eyes, which is especially dangerous in family homes with younger children. As a substance it’s not biodegradable, and chlorine-based bleach is banned in the European Union.  Irritation and burning can occur if used over long periods. 

All of our fabrics come with our stamp of approval that they will cause no harm to the environment, or you. 

Read more about how our fabrics are free of harmful levels.

Should I use a toothbrush to clean FibreGuard fabrics?

This is a commonly asked question:

No all you need is water, a microfibre cloth, and perhaps a small hard bar of white household soap (or clear liquid soap) to clean FibreGuard fabrics. You don’t need to use harsh items like a toothbrush or similar on our fabrics. 

With FibreGuard fabrics, we do recommend accidental stains are cleaned up as soon as possible, and they will still be removable even if there is some time between messing and cleaning. 

Please read more here.

Can I steam clean or dry clean FibreGuard fabrics?

We know that it makes life a lot easier if you didn’t have to dry-clean or steam clean your furniture. The FibreGuard stain resistant attributes are permanent. All you need is water, soap and the right technique. If you still feel it’s necessary, you can wash our fabrics in a washing machine, generally at 30 degrees. And yes, you can professionally clean our fabrics, but there really is no need to. 

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What about stubborn stains like wine or pet urine?

Some stains are more difficult to clean up than others.

With FibreGuard fabrics, the cleaning ritual is always the same, and it works on all these stains and more. It is good to remember though that immediate stain removal will be less work for you. If however you don’t get to the stain immediately, it’s still easily cleaned up. 

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Long-term FibreGuard fabric protection and maintenance 

The best thing about our fabrics is that they are durable and cleanable from day one and long into the future.  There is no need or an aftermarket topical cleaning product either. 

Are you excited about this hassle free, stain free fabric solution?  

Contact the Zepel team today to find out more about our FibreGuard range.  

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