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Care & Cleaning


Morbern vinyl requires periodic cleaning to maintain its appearance and prevent the build-up of dirt and contaminants that may permanently stain and reduce the life of the vinyl if not removed. The frequency of cleaning depends upon the amount of use and environmental conditions to which the vinyl is subjected. Vinyl upholstery will absorb stains and dyes from fabrics that “crock” or bleed, for example blue denim or bright prints. A vinyl protective finish, sold in furniture or automotive stores, may help to protect the upholstery by resisting or retarding the absorption of these stains. Some household cleaners and solvents remove plasticizers from vinyl making it brittle and should not be used.

The procedures used for cleaning are dependent upon the end use circumstances.

For Normal Cleaning

In general, most stains can be easily cleaned using warm,
soapy water and clear water rinses. Moderate scrubbing
with a medium bristle brush will help loosen soiling
materials from the depressions of embossed surfaces.
For more stubborn stains, use the following commercially
available mild detergents in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions:

Tex Aktiv* and 303 Product Detailer*

*When opening a new container, please test the cleaner in an
inconspicuous area as cleaner manufacturers may change formula
without notice. Morbern cannot be responsible when unknown changes
are made by the manufacturer of the cleaner to their formulations.


Detergents should never be used on a regular basis for
normal cleaning. Morbern recommends repeated rinsing
with clear water after any cleaning procedure.

Full strength rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits may be tried
cautiously as a last resort on very stubborn stains, if the
above suggestions do not work. Indiscriminate use of any
solvent, or solvent containing cleaner, can severely damage
or discolour vinyls.

Bleach and Antiseptic Surface Treatment

(for products specified as bleach cleanable)

Bleach can be diluted up to a 9:1 ratio (10%). Liberally
apply diluted disinfectant using a sponge. Rinse with cold
water several times. Wipe dry. Repeat if necessary.
Please follow the guidelines on the bleach label for
antiseptic or antimicrobial purposes.


Unspecified cleaners should not be used. Powdered
abrasives, cleaners containing abrasives, steel wool,
and industrial strength cleaners are not recommended
for Morbern vinyl. Use of citrus-based cleaners is not
recommended by Morbern. Any lacquer solvent will cause
immediate irreparable damage to the vinyl.

Wax should never be used on any vinyl upholstery, as
it will cause premature embrittlement and crocking. If
flammable solvents such as alcohol, turpentine or mineral
spirits are used for cleaning, then only small quantities
should be employed in a well ventilated area.

Exercise proper care by advising personnel in the area
and keep away from any ignition source. Always wear
protective gloves.

Common Stains

Certain stains may become permanently set unless they are removed immediately. The procedure for the removal of the more severe staining agents are outlined below.

Ballpoint Pen, Permanent Marker

Ink spots will stain vinyl permanently. Immediate wiping
with rubbing alcohol in a well ventilated area will remove
much of the stain.

Oil Based Paint

The use of turpentine in a well ventilated area will remove any
fresh paint. Dried paint must be moistened carefully with a
semi-solid gel-type stripper so that the softened paint can be
gently scraped away. Rinse with soap and water


Direct contact with paint strippers will remove the print
pattern from vinyl. Paint strippers are flammable and toxic.
Take care to avoid skin contact by wearing protection.

Latex Paint

Fresh paint can be wiped off with a damp cloth.
Hot, soapy water will normally remove dried latex.

Tar, Asphalt

Remove immediately, as prolonged contact will result in
permanent staining. Use a cloth lightly dampened with
mineral spirits and rub the stain gently, working from the
outer edge of the stain towards the center in order to
prevent spreading. Rinse with soap and water.

Crayon, Mustard, Ketchup

Sponge with mild soap and water. For stubborn stains that
may have set, use a cloth soaked in diluted mild detergent
with gentle rubbing. Any remaining stain should be washed
with diluted bleach. Rinse repeatedly with clear cold water.

Blood, Leaf Residue

Rub out any spots with a clean cloth soaked in cool water.
If stubborn spots remain, use household ammonia or diluted
bleach and rinse repeatedly with a clean, wet cloth. Do not
use hot water or soapsuds, as this will set the stain.

Lipstick, Grease, Oil, Eyeshadow, Shoe Polish

Apply a small quantity of mineral spirits with a cloth
and gentle rubbing. Take care not to spread the stain by
extending it beyond the original boundary. Shoe polish
should be removed immediately, so permanent staining
does not occur. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Chewing Gum

Scrape off as much as possible with a dull knife. Rubbing
with an ice cube will assist and make it easier to remove
upon scraping. The remaining gum should then be removed
in a well-ventilated area using a cloth saturated with
mineral spirits. Use light rubbing. Rinse thoroughly with
clean water

Candy, Ice Cream, Coffee, Tea, Fruit Stains, Alcohol, Wine, Suntan Lotion, Soft Drinks

Use clear, lukewarm water and a sponge repeatedly. Any
loose material should be gently scraped with a dull knife.
Any soiled area remaining after drying should be gently
rubbed with a cloth spotted with a mild detergent solution.
Rinse thoroughly with clean water.

Bird Excreta, Nausea Stains

Sponge the stained area with soapy water, containing a
diluted bleach, until the stain is removed. Rinse thoroughly
with water.

Urine Stains

Sponge with soapy water containing a small amount of
household ammonia. Rinse thoroughly with clear water.

Surface Mildew

Wash with diluted bleach, use a soft brush for stubborn
growth. Rinse repeatedly with clean water

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