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PIGMENT PRINTS... Special Fabrics Need Special Care


Textiles may be colored during the fiber, yarn or fabric stage. The vast majority of interior fabrics are colored using dyes. Generally, textile dyes are particles that are thoroughly dissolved or dispersed in water or some other carrier in order to penetrate the fiber. In order for the fiber to be dyed, the dye must penetrate the fiber and either combine chemically with it or be locked inside the fiber.

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As early as the 1700's, cellulosic materials were being made flame retardant by a patented process using a mixture of several inorganic salts. Current versions of these topical flame retardants are much improved and inherent problems with the chemistries are gradually being addressed. A discussion of the more important potential problems follows.

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OFFICE PANELS... Keep Them Looking Like New


Since the introduction of the first open-plan office system in 1964, the use of “cubicles” has become an integral part of the office environment. Today, one-third of the world’s office workers use daily what has become a $5 billion installed base of systems furniture.

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RAYON RUGS... Readily Ruined, But Still the Rage


We have published various articles over the years explaining the shortcomings of rayon. Despite our best efforts, rayon rugs remain extremely popular with designers and their clients. Undeterred, we bring you—again—our best information about the limitations
of these products.

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ORIENTAL RUGS... Handy Maintenance Tips


“Oriental rug” is a term that encompasses a wide variety of floor coverings, some of which have a thick pile look while others appear more flat. These rugs can be made from many different fibers such as silk, rayon and wool, but in this article we will discuss the subset of Oriental rugs made with wool.

Many consumers believe that Orientals require a lot of maintenance but that is not true. They don’t require a lot of time, but they do require thoughtful care.

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LINEN FABRICS... Timeless Look and Luster


Linen is a natural cellulosic fiber derived from the flax plant, Linum usitatissimum. Since it is made from the stem of the plant, it is considered a “bast” fiber (as are jute, hemp and ramie).

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RAYON CHENILLE... All the Rage, But Readily Ruined


Chenille fabrics are incredibly popular in today’s home fashions. With interesting textures and a soft hand, they are available in a vast array of styles and qualities. Design possibilities are broadened by the use of different fibers, the most common of which are cotton, rayon, acrylic and polypropylene (olefin).

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FELT RUGS... Special Fabrics Need Special Care


Felt is a fabric formed when sheep's' wool or animal fur is subjected to heat, moisture and pressure or agitation. Soap, or an alkaline environment, helps the felting process. Heat and moisture cause the outer scales along the fiber to open, and the soap allows the fibers to slide easily over one another thereby causing them to become entangled.

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