Friday, February 17, 2017

My Fabric Stinks! Help!

Vinyl Fabric
If you have ever sat in a new car, you have probably smelled that "new" smell. Most of the time it smells clean, but there are times when the smell is less than desirable.

What is this odor?
The "new car" smell is a result of "off gassing" or releasing its chemicals. In layman's terms, it's airing out.

Why does my stuff smell?

We receive this question many times when people open a new roll of fabric or pre-made drapery products. Many times the dyes in the fabrics can cause various smells because it is woven or printed and then stays rolled up until you purchase it. Vinyl fabrics do this because they are made of plastics.

How do I get rid of the smell?

The easiest answer would be to let it air out. If you are concerned about the smell, leave the furniture or fabric in your garage or another room for at least a week. You can also try sprinkling baking soda on the furniture and leaving it for 24 hours and then vacuuming it off. Vinyls can be wiped with a baking soda vinegar mixture to help alleviate some of the smell.

Most products are going to smell, but with time they will air out and smell just like home.

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