Why we don’t ‘Scotch-Guard’ our upholstery:
- Fabric Backing
- Most all fabrics today have a thin rubberized backing which holds it together. Stain repellent chemicals eat away at this backing over time, effectively dissolving the fabric. As a result, manufacturers have stopped applying any such chemical and do not recommend its use.
- Warranty Voiding
- Applying the chemical yourself will void the manufacturer’s warranty. (generally one full year from the date of purchase)
If you must apply such a stain repellent, follow these guidelines:
- Test an inconspicuous area for color fastness.
- When applying to the full piece, use a very light mist coat – DO NOT SATURATE.
- Use such a chemical only on fabric which is easily changeable such as dining chairs. Do not use on large items like recliners and sofas.
***If you are worried about stains setting in, Earl’s recommends you choose a MICRO FIBER fabric. This fabric is made with 100% polyester and has a natural tendency to repel liquids and can be wiped down with a damp cloth or even vacuum cleaned if needed.
NEVER apply Scotch-Guard or any other stain repellent chemical to MICRO FIBER fabric!!
The first thing you should know is that leather is a live hide.
Leather also tends toward room temperature. (In the winter it will feel cold compared to your skin which is usually at about 90+ degrees)
It is important to keep leather soft and supple.
If the item is placed by a window or an air conditioning/heating vent, the hide will dry out quickly.
Every 4 to 6 months you should clean the leather well with a damp cloth to remove oils and dirt build up.
After cleaning, apply mink oil or a similar product.
Measure all doors the item must pass through when being delivered. Most upholstery items need a 31 inch door clearance. (a 32 inch door will barely give you this clearance with jams & hardware)
If your room is large enough, consider buying two sofas instead of a sofa and love seat. You will gain seating for one extra person and the price difference is not significant.
If at all possible, try to bring samples of carpet, drapes, and wall paint to match your seating upholstery. Once you have several fabrics picked out, we advise that you bring the fabric samples home to see them under lighting in the actual room where the furniture will be placed.
Most upholstery can be special ordered with the fabric of your choice, but there are a few which cannot. Special orders generally take as long as 5-7 weeks, with a limited few available in 2-3 weeks. Custom ordered upholstery usually changes the price as well.