Fabric guide

Our furniture fabrics are made of 100% wool or recyclable polyester and are 100% free of heavy metals, such as nickel, lead or chrome.
The wool we use in our woolen fabrics is certified by IWTO (international wool/textile organization). IWTO has conducted tests that ensure that the animals are treated in the most respectful way.

Our wool has also undergone the international "REACH" test, which indicates that it meets the highest European standards for wool.
We choose our fabrics based on stringent quality requirements and we know how important it is that ease of cleaning and durability are the very best.

The fabric that is best for your home is determined by your requirements. When used, furniture fabrics will stretch and acquire a "patina", just like with leather.

You can preserve its appearance by regularly changing your favourite seat to ensure more uniform fabric and cushion wear. However, fabric will inevitably stretch and wear through use.

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Normal maintenance and cleaning is typically something you can manage yourself, using Bolia’s care products.

When you initially use your furniture, the fabric will be relatively taut. As you use it, the fabric and the thin cotton layer underneath the fabric will quickly stretch, which can result in crimples in the fabric. This usually occurs within the first month, depending on how the furniture is used. Afterwards, the fabric will stretch only slightly more.

The furniture should be lightly "brushed" over with the hand so as to redistribute the excess material on the cushion. These wrinkles are perfectly normal and are not an indication of defective fabric or quality.

Furniture fabric will not be at its best if left in direct sunlight. Some fabrics fade faster than others. But in general, fabric made from artificial fibres and light colours will fade the least. If you therefore need a sofa that will stand in plenty of sunlight, then synthetic fibres will be a better choice that than natural fibres. Bolia recommends that you do not select a colour fastness below 4 (scale from 2-8).

In the case of hard wear and tear, abrasion resistance (Martindale) should exceed 20,000, while under normal circumstances, an abrasion resistance of 10,000 or more is enough. The abrasion resistance of our selected fabrics varies from 20,000 up to 120,000 Martindale. Fabrics with a Martindale exceeding 80,000 are suitable for public use. 

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Wool, a durable and elastic material that repels dirt, is a very popular choice for furniture. If you want a natural fabric with excellent properties, and which contains natural lanolin as extra protection, then wool is the ideal choice.

Initially, wool may shed a little excess fibre (pilling) from the surface. This has no bearing on the quality and is solely an indication of good natural quality. Embers from cigarettes etc. that are removed immediately will not leave a mark. Dark clothes such as denim can leave a mark if they are rubbed against white fabric, such as a new pair of jeans against a light-coloured fabric sofa.

Wool care

To proof the fabric and to remove any stains, we recommend you use the Bolia Care Kit, which contains products that have been tested and approved. Do not rub hard on the fabric surface when vacuuming and removing stains, as this can cause "pilling" and discolouring. You can get the wool to “contract” by steaming it with a steam iron.

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Cotton fabric is a 100% natural fabric, often with an average abrasion resistance. Rough clothing such as denim etc. wears harder on cotton fabric. We do not recommend that this fabric be exposed to direct sunlight, as it will make the colour fade, particularly in dark shades.

Cotton care

Fabric proofing, vacuuming and removing stains. To proof the fabric and to remove any stains, we recommend you use the Bolia Care Kit, which contains products that have been tested and approved. Do not rub hard on the fabric surface when vacuuming and removing stains, as this can cause "pilling" and discolouring of the fabric.

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Polyester and nylon fibres are durable and easy to maintain. These types of fabrics are warmly recommended for hard-wearing environments. Fabrics such as velour change colour when exposed to light coming from different directions. This is not a defect but is due to the nature of the fabric and adds an interesting touch.

Care for polyester and nylon fibres

To proof the fabric and to remove any stains, we recommend you use the Bolia Care Kit, which only contains products that have been tested and approved. Do not rub hard on the fabric surface when vacuuming and removing stains, as this can cause "pilling".

Dark clothes such as denim can leave a marks if they are rubbed against white fabric, such as a new pair of jeans against a light-coloured fabric sofa.

See our textile care products here

It doesn't matter if you look good naked if you dress bad. Our extensive collection of fabrics and leather will suit up your sofa and other upholstered furniture sharply. This year's collection of contemporary and classic covers has been handpicked to suit any style. Choose from very practical, very classy or very fashionable.

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