A sofa or chair is not just a piece of furniture – it is a haven to escape to. Every sofa, chair and ottoman we build is crafted in high quality materials designed to withstand the various stresses to which it is subjected during its working life. Each range is expertly matched to give the ultimate combination of style and comfort, working with some of the largest fabric mills to bring you a collection of modern fabrics which are all tested to industry standards for durability, resistance to fading, pilling and abrasion to ensure that your fabric will hold up to daily use. To ensure your sofa will be with you for years to come, it is important to understand fabric upholstery and the care and maintenance that is required.Characteristics of Upholstery Fabrics
Depending on which fabric you choose and how you use and maintain your furniture will determine how long it lasts and maintains its look and feel. Today’s advanced upholstery fabrics primarily utilise man-made synthetic fibre yarns to help to:
Prior to your sofa leaving the factory, it will receive a final inspection. It will then be wrapped in order to protect it and minimise movement whilst in transit. Once unpacked, fabric sofas may require “dressing” which involves plumping up the back cushions and the arm pads of each sofa. Sofas with fibre or feather filling may require “dressing” or “modelling” to ensure they return to their initial look.A Quality Sofa Doesn't Wear Out, It Wears In
If your new freedom sofa feels or looks a little different to the one you saw in the store (the seat may feel firmer; the fabric might look tighter), that’s because your furniture is brand new, unlike the store’s floor sample which may have already been well “run-in” by many visitors. During the first 3 months of use, polyurethane foam in the seats and cushions tends to soften and then should permanently stabilise.
Similar to a new car, your sofa may have a strong smell after it is unpacked. This is normal and after airing in a well-ventilated room or open space, the smell will dissipate. Depending on the surrounding environment the smell may dissipate quickly or over a longer period of time.
The additional plushness that a feather filled cushions provide is hard to beat for comfort. Before modern foams came about, feather was used as the primary fill for cushions. Below are some tips to understand how to maintain them and what to expect during use:
Pilling as a result of normal daily wear and should not be considered as a fault. There are many variables which can trigger pilling, including climatic conditions, atmospheric purity and user environment. Even specific clothing types (fleecy tracksuits, etc) can transfer pills from the clothing to the furniture fabric. As the fabric surface is rubbed, a single or small group of loose fibres on the surface begins to twist upon itself, forming tiny balls or ‘pills’. Often the catalyst that starts this process is a foreign fibre or speck of dirt. Pilling can be successfully removed with battery operated pilling tools available to purchase from freedom. ‘De-pilling’ only removes unsightly loose surface fibres and does not affect fabric performance.
Correct care will extend your furniture’s life and value. Various factors determine the life expectancy of your fabric, for example colour, weight and fibre content. Due to so many variables, some fabrics may require specific, specialised cleaning solutions or procedures. See the Fabric Care Label attached to your sofa or consult a furniture sales specialist at your closest store and follow our tips below.DO
We highly recommend purchasing a freedom Fabric Care Kit with your sofa purchase. This will provide you with the correct products in order to care for your fabric sofa. These fabric care products are for spot cleaning only. Closely follow the individual usage directions for each product in the Care Kit. If stains persist, consult a Professional Upholstery Cleaning Service.