Taking Care of your Vinyl: Tips and Advice

Taking Care of your Vinyl: Tips and Advice

 When it comes to your vinyl upholstery fabric project, you want to know how to take care of the textile and what you should or shouldn’t do. Often, we think that just wiping down the surface of our vinyl upholstery is enough, but it’s not. Let’s take a quick look at how to take care of your vinyl.

Vinyl is a type of plastic textile which is great because it’s easy to clean. But, you have to know how to take care of the fabric without accelerating the natural aging and deterioration process. So, what does this mean? It means you should use the right sprays, sponges, and cleaners to keep the vinyl looking new and shiny. Here’s a quick list of things you can do to take care of your car’s vinyl:

  • Use cleaners that are specially made for vinyl upholstery.
  • Use vinyl protectant
  • Use soft sponges and brushes to clean your vinyl.
  • Don’t use abrasive materials, you can scratch or tear the fabric.
  • Make sure the vinyl fabric used in your project is also designed to block UV rays; this helps prolong the life of the textile.

Keep in mind that taking vinyl fabrics includes doing your research. That means you need to know what kind of vinyl you’re using. Not all vinyl fabrics are created equally. Some have protectant coatings, some are designed to withstand the cold or block out UV rays. The environment you live in – your weather patterns – will help dictate the kind of vinyl you use for your upholstery project. This also means, you will have different ways of taking care of your fabric. The best way to ensure you are using the best techniques to take care of your vinyl upholstery is to check with your supplier or manufacturer. Ask them for a manual on how to care for your vinyl fabric.

Remember, your vinyl project is an investment and every little detail counts, including how you care for it. Using liquid cleaners, like our fabric/vinyl cleaner is a simple way of ensuring your project will stay looking good.

Now that you know a little more about how to take care of your vinyl fabric, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.




Vinyl Auto Upholstery Fabric: What You Need to Know

Vinyl Auto Upholstery Fabric: What You Need to Know

 Cars are made up of a variety of parts, fabrics, and metals. The interior of your car is really a landscape of textiles. In fact, vinyl is a commonly used fabric in auto upholstery and it’s not just the shiny stuff; it’s a versatile material.

Vinyl – which is one of the most produced man-made synthetic fabrics in the world – is actually a type of plastic. Vinyl is used in everything from gloves to clothing, to car coverings and upholstery. This versatile textile is often used in auto upholstery because of its strength, resistance to moisture and humidity, and color variety.

Auto vinyl upholstery like our Arctic line is a tough seating vinyl that is meant for cold weather. This is what makes vinyl such a great fabric to use: it can withstand the cold, heat, and basically weather that would make other textiles crack.

In fact, auto vinyl is meant to be durable and easy to clean. Vinyl can also be combined with other textiles like polyester to create an even stronger fabric. In cars, vinyl is great for upholstery, especially in restoration projects.

Remember, you want auto upholstery vinyl like our Patriot fabric because of the flexibility in colors, its strength because of its polyester backing, and because we offer PERMABLOK, a topcoat proven to protect vinyl from germs, abrasion, and stains.

Vinyl upholstery for cars should be:

  • Strong
  • Offer a Variety of Colors
  • Withstand the Elements
  • Easy to Clean
  • Protected with a Top Coat that Prevents Stains, Germs, Cracking, Abrasion, and Fading

When using vinyl for an auto upholstery project, keep in mind that vinyl is an excellent choice because it offers so much in terms of cost and flexibility. There are a variety of other textiles you can use for your auto project including but not limited to:

  • Leather
  • Tweed
  • Cotton
  • Acrylic
  • Polyester

So why choose vinyl? Since it was first invented in 1920, vinyl textiles have come a long way. These fabrics can now mimic the look and feel of other natural fabrics like leather or cotton. Vinyl is also a low-cost textile which means you can stay in budget and still have a great-looking fabric for your auto upholstery project.

Now that you know a little more about vinyl auto upholstery fabrics, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Specialty Fabrics in Cars: What you Need to Know

Did you know that your car is made with a variety of specialty fabrics? In fact, vehicles are made up of more than just metal. The interior of your car is a swath of textiles that vary from vinyl, polyester, nylon, acrylic, and leather, to name just a few. The upholstery that makes up the seats of your vehicle are designed specifically for cars.

But what does this all mean anyway? Why should you care? The bottom line is that the longevity of your car’s interior is dependent on the quality of the fabrics they are made from. This means that your car seats and dashboard should be made from specialty textiles designed to withstand sunlight and the constant wear and tear of use by the driver. Fabrics like our Softouch or Upholstery Vinyl are created to do exactly that.

Our Auto Upholstery Textiles feature a variety of types, colors, and sizes for multiple weather settings and environments. Here’s a quick list of some of the things our auto fabrics offer:

  • Cold Weather: Our tough Arctic seating vinyl is designed for the cold weather and features a minus 30-degree cold crack resistance as well as flame resistance. This fabric can be used for motorcycles, snowmobiles, or machinery seats.
  • Auto Covers: Our Softouch fabric is great for covering your car or other auto product. This textile features a non-abrasive surface and a three-year warranty. Our Evolution fabric is also excellent for car covers because it blocks out 99 percent of UV ray light and helps keep your car protected.
  • Seating/Interior: Our Nuance seating vinyl is great for not just car seats but for the interior of a vehicle as well. This product is made of 100 percent polyester and is designed specifically for the automotive industry.

Remember, your auto project requires fabric that is made to last and using textiles that are developed specifically for the automotive industry is one way to ensure that it will. Keep in mind, the fabric you see in a vehicle is not just in the seats or the dashboard, it includes, but is not limited to things like:

  • Seat belts
  • Floor mats
  • Door panels
  • Floor carpet
  • Convertible tops
  • Steering wheel cover
  • Ceiling, Moon, or Sun Roof

As you can see, the interior of a car is made up of multiple fabric parts. This is why it’s important to find the right textile for your next auto project. After all, you don’t want your car’s fabric cracking, fading, or tearing after just a short period of time.

Now that you know a little more about automobile fabrics, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Blogs Coming Soon!

We’re excited to announce we will be posting blog articles on topics regarding specialty fabrics, hardware, and tips and advice on various topics related to textiles.

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