The characteristics of textile products essentially depend on the type, quality and quantity of the fibre and on how it is processed. Fibres can be natural (wool, silk, cotton, linen, hemp, etc.), artificial (viscose, acetate, etc.) or synthetic (polyester, acrylic, etc.) Our fabrics comply with the reliability requirements set by the UNI standards for upholstered furniture covers and with our company’s quality standards.The most important aspects that determine the quality of a fabric are its resistance to abrasion, to fading when exposed to light and to pilling.
The leather selected by Désirée is mainly cowhide from the best pastures which ensures quality aesthetics, is soft to touch and doesn’t change over time. Leather is a natural, breathable product that does not cause allergies, adapts to the temperature of the human body and is easy to dust. The most prized side of leather, its coated surface, is called the grain side. It is called “full grain” leather when it is unimpaired and has a natural grain, has not been sanded and displays the marks collected by the animal when it was alive (scars, differences in grain, lines, etc) which testify to the natural quality of the leather. Corrected grain leather has been sanded with emery paper. Before being used, full grain leather must pass the tests set by the UNI standards.
The main features of padding for an armchair, sofa or bed are: softness, which concerns the ability to adequately support and distribute body weight; breathability, for heat and humidity dispersion from the human body and for a pleasurable sensation of wellbeing; and reliability, which indicates the performance of elastic materials over the years.
The ecological aspect must be added to all this: protecting the environment is a fundamental requirement. The materials used are: polyurethane, down and wadding. Polyurethane is created from the chemical reaction of polymerization combined with the physical reaction of expansion.
Avoid products containing solvents or cleansers and always use a soft and non-abrasive cloth
Maintenance of leather
In most models, the leather upholstery is completely removable. The maintenance of a skin depends on the type of flower. The "full grain" gives maximum comfort and less resistance to stains, the "corrected grain" gives a less comfort but more resistant to stains. For normal cleaning of the skin using a cotton cloth mild non-abrasive soft cloth dampened with water and skim milk in equal parts. The liquid or other substance accidentally fell, should be removed immediately by blotting gently with a damp sponge or even eliminating, never wipe vigorously. In the case of stubborn stains use products for cleansing the skin, do not use solvents or alcohol.
Maintenance of fabric
The fabric covers are completely removable and the removable cover allows the maintenance or replacement of the liner without the intervention of a technician. For routine cleaning, you may want to brush regularly with a soft brush coating. The chenille, the bouclé, velvets and linens "" peach "" are to be treated with special care. The normal maintenance are: ventilation, washing, drying and ironing. For washing in water or dry, are considered four factors: temperature, time, detergent and mechanical action. The care symbols present on the label sewn to the lining, indicate the recommendations to avoid damaging the textile. The first wash water in the fabric, as well as pre-wash, make the coating more soft and elastic. The fabrics of natural fibers or artificial, after washing, undergo a slight narrowing, only the synthetic fiber is pre-shrunk. The fabrics as "crude", made with fibers in natural color, in the washing step, may release the impurities removed with a subsequent washing. The fabrics with more complex and heavy armor are more receptive to dust. In this case it is recommended that a more frequent maintenance in order to avoid the root of the dirt. It is recommended before washing the lining, cover with a velcro strap.
Maintenance of pillows
From time to time, we should where possible reverse the position of the seat cushions and back, in order to obtain a uniform softening. Polyurethane cushions give maximum comfort after a few months of use, against rotation of the various components of the padding. cushions in feather or feather mix must be periodically "" spiumacciati "" and exposed to the air, in order to cause the shaking of the material and promote the reabsorption the maximum amount of air. This operation returns to its original shape and cushion minimizes tolerable leakage of foam, do not use a vacuum cleaner.
Elements in wood or lacquer must be cleaned with a soft cloth moistened with diluted alcohol in plenty of water (about 90%) and dried immediately. Wood products must be cleaned in the direction of the grain. When cleaning lacquered elements for the first time, the cloth may remove any lacquer dust from the surface. It is advisable to use specific detergents for other materials. Avoid using products that contain solvents or abrasive detergents, and always use a soft non-abrasive cloth.