1. 5 Ways to keep your car interior clean this winter

    5 Ways to keep your car interior clean this winter

    Interior of a car

    Muddy boots, damp coats, even soggy dogs; all things which can play havoc with your car’s interior, making it a less appealing space and even affecting its value over time.

    But if you take the right precautions there are ways to minimize the effect of winter weather on your vehicle and the damage it can cause in the long-term, making it a much more inviting space for you and your family.

    So here are five precautions you can take before the bad weather takes hold so there are no nasty surprises by the time spring comes around.

    Care for your Carpets

    Once carpet becomes damp it can be very difficult to clean it again and as for the smell, that can stay around for months if not years, so the key is to prevent moisture from getting i

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  2. Five of the Best Waterproof and Water Resistant Fabrics

    Rolls of colorful fabric which are made from OilCloth

    When it comes to a long-lasting, durable and weather-resistant fabric there are a number of options available; but choosing the right material is essential if you’re looking for a product that can repel everything that Mother Nature is prepared to throw at it.

    So here are five fabrics which are water resistant or waterproof meaning they are perfect for everything from garden chairs to protective covers.

    1. Polyurethane Laminate (PUL)

    Polyurethane Laminate, or PUL, is a fabric with a plastic backing coated with a thin waterproof /water resistant skin which is durable, breathable with a slight cross grain stretch for extra flexibility. Usually sold in thicknesses of one or two millimetres one of the greatest attributes of P

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  3. How to Choose the Right Boat Cover Fabric

    Boat with Fabric Cover

    When you set out to make a new cover for your boat you want to be sure it’s going to hold up for years to come in rain or shine and in order to do that you need to select the right fabric.

    To ensure you make the right decision, it’s important to weigh-up the facts about different types of fabrics to work out what is best for your boat and your local environment.

    So here are a few options to consider when choosing a fabric for your new boat cover and just why you should or shouldn’t chose them.

    Cotton Canvas

    Cotton canvas is usually the least expensive option, and provides good all-around protection in mild climates. Cotton is a natural fiber that is very breathable, but i

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  4. 10 Ways to Protect Your Boat Cover, Vinyl & Upholstery

    White speed boat on trailer, with vinyl cover

    If you're a boat owner you know that it's a 24/7 365 day a year job to keep it looking its best.

    Sure, we get great satisfaction when we take to the waters, but as anyone who owns a boat will tell you, that is only half the story. We spend hours making sure our vessels are seaworthy and ready to set sail.

    So here are just a few handy hints when it comes to keeping your boat cover and upholstery ship-shape and ready for life on the ocean waves.

    However, if you find that your boat's seating fabrics have been neglected for far too long, causing them to become warn and tear. It's recommended that you look to purchase new materials, which you can find in our marine vinyl section.

    Take Good Cover

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  5. 7 Quick Leather, Boat & Car Interior Cleaning Techniques

    7 Quick Leather, Boat & Car Interior Cleaning Techniques

    Techniques to Maintain Leather, Vinyl & Headliner Fabrics

    Whether it's a new piece of leather furniture for the front room or dining room in your home or if you've recently purchased a new boat or car, you'll be keen to keep it clean and clear of any odors, which above all will lead to these materials, looking great and lasting much longer.

    Above all, if you want these types of materials to last longer, firstly you'll need to know how to properly clean them and with what cleaning agents you should go about using.

    Below, we've put together a list of some of the best ways you can do just that, for a number of materials that you're generally likely to find as part of your furniture or vehicle.


    A material which is generally found on new furniture such as sofas, dining chairs etc is leather, with leather being a common feature within many homes across America, it's one which we are more than likely to spend more money on that any other, thus

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  6. Marine Vinyl - Mold Cleaning Tips

    Vinyl Mold Removal and Prevention Tips for your Boat

    Though advances in marine vinyl production have resulted in the development of mold-resistant materials, boaters are still frequently finding unsightly mildew spots on their seats. The reason for this stubborn mold growth is quite simple. Passengers are often swimsuit or bikini-glad, and yacht on the open sea
    either covered in sun-tan lotion, or still carrying some residual soap on their skin. As you hit the water and enjoy the warm sun, your passengers will sweat, and all of their exposed skin will leave this oily residue wherever it touches your marine vinyl.

    To give you the best possible start into maintaining your boats vinyl interior, Midwest Fabrics provides an effective

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  7. How to Effectively Clean Your Vehicle's Carpet Stains

    Cleaning Stains From Your Vehicles Carpets

    With the winter months fast approaching, if you don't have additional protection on your carpets in your vehicle, you leave it prone to stains. Remnants of slush, mud and salt will saturate your carpets. Salt stains leave pesky white marks that don't go away with just water. If you have already fallen victim to winters wrath on your vehicles carpets, here are some ways to clean them.

    Removing Stains

    car carpet cleaningGrab a spray bottle and mix a solution that is half warm water and half white vinegar. Vinegar is an amazing, natural cleaning agent that is very powerful. Although the smell is not that great, it does dissipate.

    Generously spray the mixture on the salt stain. Grab a clean, dry towel and dab at the area where you sprayed your mixture.

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  8. The History of Silk & the Production Process

    Silk is a filament fiber that is created from the proteins that silkworms secrete. Despite being named silkworms, they are actually caterpillars. Silk has been known as a luxurious fabric that has been prized for its softness and strength, it comes with a bit of a price tag because it the fibers are a natural animal product.

    Silk production originated in China where they managed to hold on to the secret for thousands of years. They exported the fabric to Europe via trade routes. Eggs from the silkworms were smuggled out of China and in the 13th century, Italy began production in the west. The cost of silk still remained the same as the amount of work required did not change.

    The process begins when female silk-moths lay eggs. One moth can produce hundreds of teeny eggs which will be kept incubated until they hatch into larva. The larva are then kept warm and fed mulberry leaves until they have reached their peak in size, and have enough energy to pupate.

    When the

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  9. Simple, Effective Boat Cleaning Tips

    How to correctly maintain your boat for a longer life

    Boating and fishing is a great relaxing activity but in order for your boat to stay in tip-top shape, you must care for it and clean it. Taking care of your boat after every trip adds value by protection and restoration it also stops the spread of any invasive species.

    Knowing your boat is in its best shape every time you head out on the water is a feeling like none other, so here is some advice on how to keep your vessel clean.

    Carpet - Possibly, the most abused part of the boat. The carpet takes a beating from people walking on it, dripping fishy slime and sometimes spilt beverages. To clean the carpet a power washer is your best bet to lift the dirt and grime from the fibers. Work from the bow to the stern and if you have a wet/dry vacuum you can use that to clean right away. If you are using a regular vacuum wait until the carpet is completely dry.

    Refer to the cleaning

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  10. Cordura History & Care

    Cordura is a fabric that is used in a wide variety of items. These items range from luggage and backpacks to trousers and military wear.

    This fabric is extremely durable and is resistant to tearing and scuffing and it is also water resistant. It is specifically designed for lightweight durability and weighs just over 10 oz per yard of fabric. It is extremely soft and breathable making it a comfortable fabric explaining why it is coveted by many.

    It was originally developed by the company DuPont in 1929 as a rayon type fabric. During World War II the fabric was advanced and being used by the military for manufacturing tires. In the 1960's Cordura was transferred to a nylon product and when researchers discovered that the fabric can be dyed, it opened up a whole new commercial market. Luggage was being made using Cordura by companies such as Jan Sport. They began using the material in their original backpacks, and still continue to use it today.

    Beyond being used in

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