Caring For Commercial Furniture: Fabric

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Submitted by: Tony Nibbinsworth

Fabric furniture can be quite lovely to have in the home and is often quite comfortable. Unfortunately fabric doesn’t present quite the same easy cleaning options that other furniture types may allow. One important thing to remember is that not all fabric furniture is going to have the same durability and cleaning procedures as other pieces of fabric furniture. You will find a few general bits of information on caring for and cleaning your fabric furniture in this article but you need to consult your manufacturers instructions before using any sorts of chemical cleaning agents or serious scrubbing on your fabric furniture.

Protecting Your Fabric Commercial Furniture from UV Rays

One excellent rule of thumb when it comes to caring for your fabric commercial furniture is that you need to protect it from the damage of the sun whenever possible. The sun’s UV rays can lead to fading of your furniture. This is especially true if part of your furniture comes into contact with direct sunlight while the remainder of your sofa or favorite overstuffed armchair does not. The result will be fading and discoloration that is not consistent. This will diminish your enjoyment of your furniture and the potential resale value should you decide to sell your furniture in the future.

You can protect your furniture from the damaging rays of the sun by installing heavy drapery and keeping the drapes drawn. If that is not an option or you love sunshine and want it to shine into your rooms then you will want to arrange your fabric covered furniture in a manner that it isn’t directly in the path of the sun’s damaging rays. Another option would be to install awnings outside the window that will allow you to enjoy the light of the sun without it beaming directly into the room and onto your furniture.

Protecting Your Fabric Furniture Before Bringing it Home

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Many stores today offer some sort of stain guard or stain protection for fabric furniture. These plans are a little above and beyond the cost of the furniture but often serve to extend the life and usefulness of your furniture. If you plan to keep your fabric furniture for quite a while (it is a rather handsome investment after all) then you should do your best to protect your investment-even if it means paying a little more up front.

General Care and Cleaning of Fabric Furniture

Commercial furniture that is covered in fabric offers some cleaning and care options that are somewhat unique to it. Unlike wood, fabric furniture doesn’t require dusting and oiling to keep it looking beautiful. There’s no chrome to polish and no glass to attempt to keep streak free. However, fabric has a tendency to be a little more fragile than wood, chrome, and even tempered glass when it comes to ordinary wear and tear.

So how can you keep your fabric commercial furniture looking good as new when it gets a rather heavy amount of traffic from family and use? By caring for it regularly. Fabric furniture in high traffic areas are going to need more tender loving care than furniture that is reserved for special occasions (such as furniture that would be found in formal living rooms). Dust has a tendency to collect on the surface with use and can be ground in leaving stains and an overall dingy look to the fabric. Frequently vacuuming your fabric furniture can prevent this from occurring. The added benefit is that regular maintenance such as this will limit the need for deeper cleaning.

To further prolong the life of your fabric furniture you will want to avoid placing it in close proximity to heat sources. Heat is actually damaging to most fabrics and can lead to the breakdown of the fabric much more quickly than if it were placed further away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, and radiators. The lighter the weight of the fabric the more susceptible to damage by heat it will be. If you cannot avoid having your fabric commercial furniture near a heat source of some sort it is a wise idea to invest in furniture made of heavier weighted fabrics.

Care for all spills and spots immediately. It is important to remember that you should never rub vigorously. Blotting is the best course of action for handling spills and spots. If you use stain removers that are designed for fabric furniture you will want to first test the remover on an area of the fabric that isn’t visible in order to be certain that it will not leave fade the fabric or leave a stain of its own to replace your existing stain. This is a small price to pay (and you can continue blotting while testing the fabric) to prevent further damaging your costly furniture.

Another option that isn’t all that uncommon when it comes to caring for fabric furniture is to invest in slip covers. You can find many slip covers that are completely machine washable. This prevents many of the everyday dust and dirt from becoming problematic and allows you the option to rather quickly tidy up your furniture by removing the slip cover if you have unexpected company dropping in. One thing to remember when using slip covers is that whenever there are spills you will need to remove the slip cover immediately and treat the furniture beneath to avoid potential problems. If you do not do this you risk having the slip cover fade onto the fabric in your furniture, potential mold or mildew problems, and damaging the fabric when it is removed by pulling or snagging the two fabrics, which may be fused together.

One final option that is available for cleaning many fabric furniture pieces is steam cleaning. If you have carpet in your home you may want to have your fabric furniture steam cleaned whenever you have your carpets cleaned. This will draw out the deep seated dirt and stains that you may miss in your everyday cleaning of your furniture and prolong the life, good looks, and usefulness of your commercial furniture that is covered in fabric.

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British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’

Saturday, March 14, 2009 

Rico Daniels is a British TV presenter living in France who is known for his two television series — The Salvager — whilst he still lived in the UK and then Le Salvager after he moved to France. Rico has been in a variety of jobs but his passion is now his profession – he turns unwanted ‘junk’ into unusual pieces of furniture. Rico’s creations and the methods used to fabricate them are the subject of the Salvager shows.

Rico spoke to Wikinews in January about his inspiration and early life, future plans, other hobbies and more. Read on for the full exclusive interview, published for the first time:

Wikinews How was it you first came to be interested in salvaging?

I grew up in Basildon New Town very close to the enormous spoil heap that later became the green hills of Gloucester Park. There was all sorts of stuff dumped by developers and local businesses that was pure treasure trove to all the London kids that had moved down there. I suppose I was actively seeking play material from as young as 5 I suppose. My dad had big plans for me and tended to buy me “educational” stuff for Xmas. Things like encyclopaedias, microscope, chemistry set. That sort of stuff. Great for the brain but not what you’d call a toy. I ended up playing with my dad’s tools and using whatever I could drag off the spoil heap as material.

WN What makes ‘good’ rubbish, and how do you tell it apart from other junk?

I dont look at junk as junk. To me its raw material like any other but with added benefits. I like to preserve the patina of age and sometimes decay where it brings an interesting element to a build. Faded paintwork and oxidised metal are dripping with history and add shedloads of character to anything they’re included in. Materials obviously have to be sound and usable otherwise you’d just be using crap to make more crap.

WN What differences are there between salvaging in your home of France and back here in Britain, and what simply doesn’t change when you cross the border?

The advantages of France as a source of build material is that there are so many more opportunities to chance on stuff that may be 2 or even 3 centuries old. Hand made hinges and latches, ancient oak boards etc. My favourite hunting places are the ashes of old farmers fires . I pull out astonishingly interesting bits of hand forged ironwork. The thing that stays constant from one country to the other is that people can have amazingly good stuff but see little or no value in it leaving the field wide open for anyone that has a little vision.

WN You say on your website that you are working on an idea for a new show. Can you tell us a bit more about that?

Theres not much I can say about doing a new show apart from the fact that whatever I did I would insist on retaining my integrity. My shows have all been optimistic and upbeat which I would have thought the essential ingredients of any TV to take us through a recession. Don’t think I could do the nasty vote -the -others off type show. I certainly wouldn’t be happy adhering to the clicheed scripts so many celebs seem happy to stick to and you will never see Rico Daniels wearing a frock on the Paul O Grady show. Seems a step too low for a bit of cash.

WN When you go out looking for materials, presumably you never know what you’re going to find. When you look at what’s available, how do you come up with a vision of what you’re going to make from it?

The best work I do grows over time. I have hundreds of galvanised boxes full of “components”. I like assembling the elements of a build to be like a piece of art. TV demands a faster pace than I normally like which was fun though at some point I would like people to see what can really be created with a bit of care and careful planning.

WN You are also into a bit of axe throwing, I understand. Do you ever do this competitively?

My axe throwing which has been more implied than seen was something that I started doing at “western” camps in Germany. It was organised as a competition there hitting a range of targets on marked posts. I use it now as a way of letting off steam. I also throw circular saw blades usually at a target I call WMD Tony. Chills you right out.

WN As you rightly mentioned when you announced your new show concept, it is very hard to get a hold of money these days in any sizable amount – people are holding on to it. What effect has this got on salvaging – will it encourage it as people look for alternatives, or will the supply of cheap materials be decreased?

I have always found an increase in the amount of stuff available in a recession. A lot more people turn to DIY, ripping out salvageable stuff that a man such as myself could use. I have seen tons of good gear as Ive been going round London over the last fortnight. It broke my heart to leave it in the skips.

WN Between writing for Brit Chopper magazine and customizing your jeep, you clearly enjoy the open road. What do you look for in a vehicle? Given the chance to have any one ride you wanted, what would you be driving?

As far as vehicles, go, the Jeep Wrangler presses all the right buttons for me. It is totally suited to the area I live and though an accursed 4×4 I plan my trips carefully to do as many things on a single journey as possible. I would lay money that I create less CO2 than a lot of eco drivers in “green” vehicles and what I do create I hope is being absorbed by the huge number of maturing trees I planted on my own land. I would like to build a trike for France though the French law is difficult in respect of a custom vehicle. Hopefully there will be a way through the red tape and I can get one under way. I also have an emergency 250 in the barn that so aint as harley I ain’t gonna dignify it with a description.



International exhibit of chair art starts in Canada

Monday, November 21, 2005 

The international entry mail art show SAT: An Exhibit of Chairs was put on display Friday in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Held in the Fridge Front Gallery at the Shoppers World Brampton mall, SAT is a diverse collection of artworks focusing on a generally mundane object, the chair.

Works in the show range from realism to abstract, dadaism to surrealism, post-modern to collage.

While some of the entries were submitted directly to Visual Arts Brampton, most came from a previous exhibit. Organized by Pati Bristow, No place to rest, chairs you can’t sit on ran at Shopping Trolley Gallery West and Seaman’s Library at Foothill College, both in Los Altos Hills, California, earlier in 2005. Guest curator Nicholas Moreau was unaware of the similarly themed exhibit, held so soon before. The theme for SAT was based on that of a 1987 juried art show organized by Visual Arts Brampton at the now-defunct Chinguacousy Library Gallery.

Works in Visual Arts Brampton’s showing of the exhibition are from 17 countries including Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Romania, Spain, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

This is Visual Arts Brampton’s third mail art show. In 1999, Susan Williamson created The Great Canadian Mail Art Show for Artway at Bramalea City Centre; the show was so successful that the Art Gallery of Peel adopted it in 2001. The concept of a mail art show was revived in 2004 by Moreau, held at the new Artway Shoppers World. The Snail Mail World Postcard Art Show has been held annually since.

Visual Arts Brampton’s Fridge Front Gallery primarily hosts artwork by youth from its kids classes, and from schools in Brampton and Oakville. In contrast, the nearby Artway Gallery hosts artwork by professional and amateur adult artists from across Peel. VAB has successfully sought permission to create a third display space in Shoppers World, in the Zellers corridor. The space will host shows of mail art and works on paper year-round. The planned “World Art Gallery” will be the first ever permanent display space for mail art.



Palace “Ukraine”

Coordinates: 50°25?20.31?N 30°31?16.7?E? / ?50.4223083°N 30.521306°E? / 50.4223083; 30.521306

National Palace of Arts “Ukraina” (Ukrainian: ???????????? ????? ???????? “???????”) or Palace “Ukraina” is one of the main theatre venues for official events along with Palace of Sports in Kiev, Ukraine. The venue is a state company administered by the State Directory of Affairs.[1]

It was opened in 1970 as the biggest center of culture and arts. The building was designed by a group of architects P. Zhylytskyi, I. Vayner, under the directorship of the project’s author the distinguished architect of Ukrainian SSR Yevhenia Marychenko.[2] All of the architects were awarded Shevchenko National Prize (1971) for its design and construction. The building is trapezoidal, twenty eight meters tall and consists of over 300 rooms.

Although it was finally built on a former market square on Krasnoarmeyskaya street (present vul. Chervonoarmiyska), it was originally suggested to be built in the place of St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery.[3]

Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Luciano Pavarotti and Sofia Rotaru are some of the artists that have performed there.[4] The main concert hall has a capacity of 3,714 people.[5]

Director of the building until 2010 was Mykola Mozhovyy.[6]

Usually taking place in the Verkhovna Rada building, on 30 November 1999 the venue hosted presidential inauguration of the newly elected president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma.[7]

The arena hosted the 11th Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013.[8]








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