If you have purchased a fabric sofa, sooner or later you may need to remove the covering in order to wash it. It is important to remember, that due to the construction complexity of some sofas, this operation is not always easy to perform; so the first indication would be to follow ordinary cleaning rules to minimize the need for washing.
If you have chosen a practical stain-resistant fabric such as our EMI or EVIA collections, you can remove stains very easily. Even a delicate brushing along the direction of the fabric fur, a light passage of vacuum cleaner, the rearrangement of the cushions, can postpone the moment of washing.
When even these little precautions are no longer enough, then the time has come to learn how to remove the sofa's covering.
Removing the entire sofa's covering (including the structure) is an operation that takes about half an hour. Remember that each model may have some construction details that modify some passages, but in this article we will try to explain the general procedure to be followed for the most of Doimo Salotti sofas. Whenever you need it, our customer service is at your disposal to answer your questions or solve every doubt.
The first step is to remove the seat and back cushions. In some sofas the cushions are free, in others they are attached to the structure through zippers or velcro. To remove them, open the zipper or detach the velcro. (fig.1)
On the back of the pillow you will find the zipper to remove the cover. Most of our cushions have a "U" closure which facilitates the extraction of the sofa padding. In some models, however, you will find a linear hinge. (fig.2)
Once the cushions have been removed you will now have the structure of the sofa in front of you. If your sofa is modular, divide the pieces that compose it. For example, a linear element is hooked to a corner or a peninsula through metal supports either on the side or under the sofa. (fig.3) Once all the pieces have been separated, if the model allows, also remove the armrests.
If the armrests are removable, they are attached to the main structure in two ways: with a bayonet coupling or with a screw-like attachment under the sofa base (handwheel).
In the first case, to detach the armrest, pull upwards, in the second case you have to unscrew the handwheel from below first and then extract the armrest from the seat by pulling upwards. In both cases, do not strain by pulling from the fabric but from the base of the armrest. (fig 4)
As a last step you have to remove all the covering from the sofa structure. The fabric is attached to the white canvas that covers the structure through the velcro, making it easy to remove. If your sofa is modular and with detachable armrests, the operation is simpler than sofas with fixed structures. In both cases, start from the bottom by pulling upwards and folding the velcro outwards. (Figure 5)
Velcro is an adhesive element which tends to stick to the fabric and could pull the threads of the coating. When you are pulling out the sofa structure, keep the tape against Velcro close at hand. In this way all the stages of sofa undressing and dressing will be easier. (fig 6)
The sofas of the Sartorial collection are already equipped with them, upon delivery. In other cases you can easily find it in the haberdashery. It is a light fabric strap that attaches to the velcro and prevents it from sticking to the fabric during washing.
We remind you to always look at the washing instructions of the fabric and to respect them scrupulously. It is important to rely on a serious laundry also for dry cleaning when required. With wrong washing procedures, you can shrink the fabric making it difficult or even impossible to re-cover the sofa. We always suggest to wash the fabrics inside out and never use the dryer. Some fabrics can also be ironed, some can not. Always check the washing symbols tof the technical sheets attached to the sofa at the time of delivery.
If you have a modular sofa or a sofa with removable armrests, you are facilitated. If the structure is more compact, proceed starting from the top. It is important to start well from the tip corners, and then slowly go down to the bottom of the sofa.
When all the high and side seams fit well with the original angle, you can turn the covering under the sofa, and detach the tape against the velcro to definitively fix the fabric.
To attach the armrests, proceed in the reverse order of when you disassembled them. The same goes with the seat and back cushions.
To cover the cushions, slightly fold the padding, thus facilitating the fitting of the cover. The corners of the cushions must be matched with the seams of the fabric. Before closing the cover, go with your hand between the padding and the fabric and try to spread it as far as possible towards the corners.
Pay attention when closing the zippers, you will not have to fit the padding.
Nubuck is a fine workmanship of real leather. We want to underline this statement because there are different materials on the market that simulate the effect of nubuck, but they are fabrics or technical materials and not real leather, with significant differences also on the final price of the product.
The value of nubuck is mainly given by the processing of the raw materials: only the most precious parts of the leather are used, with a thickness of about 1.3 / 1.5 mm. The hides are dyed in pure aniline barrel and then treated by hand, carrying out a slight grinding on the surface of the same skin. This process highlights the velvet effect and that light layer of soft nubuck hair. The final aesthetic effect is magnificent and the nubuck leathers elegantly cover the sofas, highlighting their shapes. In the Doimo Salotti collection, we offer three different Nabuk leather color choices:
The nubuck sofa is delicate, and precisely because the surface has this "frosted velvet effect" finish, it fears all the stains of water and grease. To always keep a nubuck sofa beautiful, you must have particular attention both in its use and in any cleaning. Among the rules for normal use we mention the most important such as:
Never expose the nubuck sofa to direct sunlight or heat sources, including halogen bulbs.
Avoid rubbing the surface with fabrics that can yield colors, such as jeans.
Even the simple ink of a newspaper, if left in contact with nubuck skin, can stain.
The velvet effect, to be maintained over time, must not be covered with oils or detergents of any kind.
As mentioned before, some nubuck leathers are finished with a surface treatment called 3M Scotchgard which although on the aesthetic side tends to make the skin more uniform and slightly less velvety, on the other hand it guarantees greater protection against the number one enemies of the nubuck , i.e. the aqueous and oily spots. It should be remembered, however, that this protection is not absolute as it can be, for example, for a stain-resistant fabric, so attention to the correct use and maintenance must not decrease.
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Use a soft cloth or brushes to remove the dust. Never dab it by squeezing the stain, you will get the opposite effect making it penetrate even more. Do not use common detergents but special products for cleaning suede.
Together with each sofa, Doimo Salotti delivers the nubuck the CARE KIT, that is a box containing two specific products and a soft microfibre cloth. The Nabuk Cleanerserve to clean gently and effectively, while preserving the velvety effect of Nabuk skins, while the Nabuk Protector, is used to protect against water, oil or alcohol-based stains and should be used regularly six to twelve times a year.