Category: Blog

Marble Flooring Pros and Cons

Is marble flooring a good idea? Marble flooring is elegant, lovely, upscale, and from a practical standpoint the veining and natural color variations hide dirt. Having said that, there are many concerns that should be considered when thinking about installing marble flooring. First, marble flooring can be expensive, often $100 – $300 or more per […]

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Is Colored Grout a Good Idea?

Grout often comes in white, beige, tan or gray, and can be used to blend tiles together, or to accent tiles with a contrasting tone or hue. A new trend, however, seems to be popping up in Europe and may transition to the U.S. in the near future. Vibrant colors of green, pink, blue and […]

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Best Process For Cleaning Carpets and Area Rugs

There are pros and cons for almost all types of carpet and area rug cleaning. Here are the basics: Hot water extraction/steam cleaning – generally provided by truck mounted equipment, this method provides the deepest clean, the most suction to extract the solution, and leaves the carpet in a more sanitary condition than other processes. […]

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What Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

Kitchen remodels can cost an arm and a leg, depending on how extensive the job is, and also depending on the geographic location. It turns out that a kitchen remodel in San Francisco, New York, or Los Angeles can cost almost double what a remodel would in Salt Lake City or Atlanta, Georgia. Average costs […]

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10 Reasons To Work With A Professional Designer

Designers are well worth their weight in gold! Here are ten quick reasons why they will make your life easier, save you money, and make your project a winner. Realistic expectations – The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills have an unlimited budget and a huge home to work with when they decorate, but most of […]

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Viscose Rug Blues

Rayon carpet goes by many names, one of the best known is Viscose. One of our designer clients frantically called to get advice on removing a pet stain from a very expensive Viscose rug, and we went to work. There are lots of challenges dealing with Viscose, and you should know the benefits and drawbacks […]

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Pet Stains Solution

Here is the problem. We love our pets, they are adorable and fun. But sometimes they leave a little surprise on our carpets or area rugs. And cleaning it up can be a problem. There are salts, urea, and acidic residue that often remain, even if we clean up with carpet cleaning spotters. Better let […]

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Decorating Indoors with Outdoor Fabrics

Lots of designers are now embracing the use of outdoor fabrics for indoor spaces, especially in high-traffic locations such as kitchens, kids rooms, and dens. Outdoor fabrics are typically water resistant and are often made from synthetics combined with natural fibers. They are also treated with coatings to protect against moisture, stains, mold, mildew, and […]

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Boat and Yacht Care

I love living in Orange County. I grew up in San Clemente and now live in Newport Beach. Part of the charm of living here is spending time on the ocean, but there is a catch. Boats and yachts require attention to keep them spotless and protected from the elements and messy passengers. I do […]

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Fiber Seal Designer Compensation

Fiber Seal has been providing expert fiber and fabric research and specialized products to designers, furniture designers, and consumers for over 45 years. Our penetrating sealers ensure treated fibers and fabrics stay beautiful and our one year free spotting service makes sure accidents aren’t permanent. But designers sometimes want to know how they benefit from […]

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Surf Ranch Photo Op

  We all have private lives and work lives, and it is great when we can mix the two. Derek Fisher, owner of FiberSeal West has many interests apart from his business. He has been a surfer and a sports photographer and videographer for many years, and was honored to be chosen as one of […]

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ASID OC Expo

Michelle Prata of Prata Studio visiting with Derek Fisher, owner of Fiber Seal West at the ASID OC Expo on April 19th, 2018. Derek took time to explain the Fiber Seal process as well as new services such as tile and grout cleaning and sealing, and stone counter top cleaning. Michelle and Krisitin of Arizona […]

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ASID OC Expo, Thursday, April 19th

We are super excited to be participating in the American Society of Interior Designers Expo at the Renaissance Hotel this Thursday, April 19th, 2018. We will have a booth and look forward to meeting with many of you and talking about the latest and greatest trends. The Renaissance Hotel in Newport Beach is a beautiful […]

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9 Outdoor Decorating Trends for 2018

Southern California weather means we can extend our living area to the outdoors virtually year around. Here are nine trends that are gaining traction. Artificial grass has dramatically improved and looks lush and real. Native plants are big this year. Floating seats or benches sustain the flow of an outdoor area. Lighting in the trees, […]

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2018 Decorating Trends

Keeping up with the latest design trends will please your clients and add some zing to interiors. While there are always differences of opinion, here are some predictions for 2018: Ruby red will be a favorite accent color to add fun and eye catching zest to interior spaces Velvet is a plush, versatile, and comfortable […]

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EPA Recommended Cleaning Schedules

People wonder how often they should clean their carpets or upholstery. That’s a good question that varies depending on usage and environment. For example, upholstery that is outdoors like the pieces above should be cleaned frequently and covered when not in use. And high traffic areas, homes with children and pets, and homes or facilities […]

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Spring Cleaning Tips – Easter/Passover Are Coming!

Easter and Passover mean friends and relatives will be stopping by, and that Spring Cleaning is immanent! Here are some Spring Cleaning tips to help you prep for the holidays: Kitchen sink – clean with soap and water, then mist with vinegar and finally with hydrogen peroxide (don’t mix) to ensure your sink is clean […]

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Design Trends for 2018

Style and trends can challenge the best designers. Here are some of the outgoing and incoming design trends for 2018 as presented by House Beautiful: The “it” color for 2018 will be lavender, while Millenial Pink is on its way out. Bamboo flooring is losing favor due to low durability. DIY storage, popularized through Pinterest […]

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Fiber Protection That Really Works

We can empathize…. No matter how careful you are, accidents happen. Kids, friends, and pets spill, spot, and stain upholstery, carpets, rugs, and more, no matter how careful you and they are. You need to find  fiber protection or a fabric treatment so your nice things stay nice and clean up easily if there is […]

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Spots, Spills and Stains

Holidays are wonderful, with family and friends coming by, and celebrations galore! But along with guests come lots of spots, spills and stains from wine, greasy food, soups, and Aunt Martha’s special casserole, leaving chairs, sofas, rugs, and other upholstery soiled and spotted. We get it, and we sympathize, since we have messy friends and […]

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Free Fiber Seal Training Seminars Available

Fiber Seal West 2018 Training Seminars We appreciate the many designers, upholstery artists, and furniture manufacturers we work with, and this year we are planning visits where we can help educate work partners about fabric protectant, stain and spot removal, and other areas that we excel in. We know that a happy client is a […]

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Sticky Residue on Carpets from Protector Sheets

Polyethylene carpet protectors and sticky residue problem The Fiber Seal techs ran into a not uncommon problem recently when they went into a home that had some adhesive coated polyethylene film sheets attached to the carpet to keep it clean during a recent remodeling project. Unfortunately, the sheets had been left down for over 60 […]

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