Fortress Performance Fabric Cleaning

The Fortress Home Performance brand features upholstery and drapery-weight fabrics for residential use. It is designed to withstand the challenges of everyday life – kids, pets, and spills. This collection boasts easy clean properties, extreme durability, and is water and stain resistant. To clean, please follow these simple directions:

There are two basic types of staining substances, liquid and viscous.
Liquid Stains: This would include water, coffee, and wine.
Take a paper towel or a clean absorbent cloth. Use it at the edge of the spill to soak up all the liquid. After this, any remnant of the stain still visible on the fabric should be wiped with a wet, lint-free cloth. Clean the fabric gently from the edge towards the center. Let the area air dry.
Viscous Stains: This would include Ketchup, Mustard, and anything else of this consistency.
The first step is to take a flat instrument like a butter knife. Use it to remove the excess contaminant. Work slowly and carefully. This is very important, as wiping an entire “blob” of a viscous contaminant can actually drive it into the fabric. Next take a wet, lint free cloth and slowly clean the fabric from the edge to the center.
Difficult Stains: Several factors can make a stain more difficult to remove. 

  1. The surface area of the stain. An entire bowl of chili will be more of a challenge than a dime size drip of mustard.

  2. The color of the fabric that has been stained. A white surface will be more critical than a midnight color.
  3. When the stain has been allowed to dry when dealing with either type of stain, if the initial procedure does not completely clean the fabric, do the following: 
If the spill is viscous and has dried, use the butter knife to break up the crusted area. Remove as much of the spill as possible, then follow the procedure below:
Mix a solution of 1/4 cup mild detergent with 1 gallon of lukewarm water. Fill a small spray bottle with this solution. Spray the affected area thoroughly. Then take a soft-bristled brush, a toothbrush will work fine, and gently scrub the area. After this, take a wet cloth and clean the area. Repeat this step until all of the soap residues is removed. Let the cleaned area air dry. 
Note: Keep the cleaning to the affected area. For example, if the stain is 1/2 inch in diameter, don’t clean a 4-inch diameter area.