Finish with fabric
Advice & Tips
What should I consider when choosing fabric?
What type of fabric should I choose?
For upholstery, we strongly recommend investing in a commercial or heavy commercial fabric that can withstand a multi-use environment. These synthetic fabrics have many great qualities including durability and will stand up to rigour of daily living.
+ Durable & strong
+ Will not absorb moisture
+ Pre-shrunk and resists stretching & creasing
+ Resistant to sun & mildew damage
For other applications such as curtains and cushions there are a wide range of synthetic, natural and blended fabrics to choose from.
What fabric treatments should I consider?
Ultra Protection Factor (UPF)
Colours and fabrics will fade in the harsh NZ sun so we recommend you opt for fabrics with UV treatment which blocks the sun’s rays, reducing damage and minimising fading. Fabric needs protection, just like your skin needs sunscreen.
Get fabric with built-in stain protection or have this applied after market. Fabric protectors do not eliminate the need for regular cleaning. It keeps furnishings cleaner for longer, extends their life and makes routine cleaning easier and more efficient.
What is a high thread count and is it worth paying extra for?
We recommend buying the highest quality fabric you can afford. It is worth it in the long run.
Colour & Pattern
How do I choose a colour scheme?
Are neutral colours better?
How do I Include a pattern or a bold colour?
A word of caution. Some patterns and bold colours are often attractive because they are ‘of the moment’. They can however quickly date your vehicle’s interior when they are no longer the latest trend. Therefore, think about whether the pattern or colour is one you truly love or whether you will tire of it quickly.
+ Incorporate a pattern or strong, bold colour as an accent.
+ Cushions & throws are an instant, cost effective way of adding colour and texture. They can be easily replaced to update the look of your interior.
How do I clean my fabric?
+ Maintain your fabric by finding out how to best care for the fabric and style you’ve chosen.
+ Vacuum regularly to collect crumbs, dust and dirt particles.
+ Use a soft microfibre cloth to wipe dust and dirt from leather.
+ Always deal with spills immediately to avoid your fabric staining
How do I deal with stains
+ Deal with spills immediately to avoid your fabric staining.
+ Gently mop liquid or scrape soil from the surface of the fabric. Avoid rubbing so you do not damage the surface.
+ Check the care instructions for your fabric or contact the manufacturer for specific instructions for your upholstery.
+ Avoid excessive use of detergents/soap as rinsing may result in water stains or damage. Test on a hidden area to ensure colour fastness.