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Old 05-01-2019, 12:23 AM   #1
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I have looked at probably thousands of upholstery samples online and am not crazy about most of them. I want to go with maple and the stock Formica and flooring and want a black background, so that limits me a little. I really wanted to order Sailrite/Sunbrella fabrics since everyone thinks highly of them, but can’t find anything I like. I have recently found several similar ones I love (and I will order samples before making a decision) but they seem to be dry clean only or something about spot clean with solvent. Has anyone used dry clean only fabric in their trailer and regretted it? We aren’t that dirty or messy a people and even our dogs are pretty clean. In twelve years I’ve never dumped a drink (soda or iced tea, don’t drink wine) or food on a cushion in our trailer. Is it worth chancing? Also, how wide are the valances? Want to make sure the print isn’t too big. ��
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We are going, aftermarket, with an ultrasuade. On sailboats it holds up well, has a soft finish, is not hot like leathers or naguas, and cleans easily with just water. Our problem is finding a color we like. The patented Ultrasuade can be found online. We also looked at Sensuade, as ultrasuade is a patented name. Sensuade has interesting colors but at 2 weeks of ordering samples with none showing up, we are are now looking at another brand of ultrasuade like product.
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you might try fabric.com

path home decor--canvas and duck--gives you a choice of black combined with 8 different colors to search for. I found them pretty quick with samples and they shipped fabric directly to ETI. (there was a small customs charge ETI paid and added to my bill).

my fabric was inexpensive enough that I stockpiled some in case of needing to recover. are you having full wrap cushions?
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The valances are 2" wide - I just happen to have our kitchen valance handy having removed it to install a hanging utensil rack there so here's a photo.

We had our previous trailer 15 years and I don't think we ever removed the cushion covers and tried to launder them, a little spot cleaning was all that we ever needed. Mary looked at Sailrite and didn't like the texture, she found something else from another supplier that has a softer feel - not dry clean only but does have more restrictive cleaning requirements than just tossing in the washer. However, like you we are pretty careful and liked the feel of a softer, more residential fabric. When you get custom upholstery there will be a good bit of fabric left over, so if you do ever have a spill or accident that stains or ruins a cushion you can easily get a replacement cover made.

We got our fabric from www.decorativefabricsdirect.com in Georgia, one of approximately three million suppliers Mary checked out before finding just the right one It is Bella-Dura Marley Kiwi.
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:07 PM   #6
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Yes, Fabric.com is a great place and I found some there that seemed like they would match and look fine. I don’t feel the need for full wrap cushions, so vinyl will work on the back for me (same as the Casita).

Oh shoot, messed up the quote... I checked out the other website mentioned and found one I liked a lot except guess what...dry clean only!!

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Has anyone removed their cushion covers and cleaned them? Do the cushions fit back in after?
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Has anyone removed their cushion covers and cleaned them? Do the cushions fit back in after?
I've read about people actually throwing them in the washer, don't remember what they said about drying but I would think line dry. They then put Saran wrap around the foam and it was much easier to slide the cushions back into the covers. Then they just reached in and tore out the Saran wrap. I'm trying it tomorrow on my Casita covers and will report back.
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thanks, the one I sit on could use cleaning.
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Old 05-11-2019, 04:20 PM   #10
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Ok, reporting back. I threw the 21 year old Casita cushion covers in the washer on gentle, allowing soaking time, and then line dried them. They came out nice and I guess a shade lighter in color, maybe. The foam was still in excellent condition (IMHO), so did not change. I put the small covers on with no Saran Wrap thinking they are small and how hard can it be? Dumb move. I wrapped the large ones in Saran Wrap and had them done in less than half the time.
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