KUKA fabrics need to be treated with care ;) Here are some tips to follow in order to enjoy their quality and uniqueness for as long as possible:
Fabrics should not be rubbed together when wet nor wrung out. This is due to the print technology that we use - the print is most likely to be damaged on folds when wet.
During the first washing (both in washing machine or dry-cleaning) the excess of ink (not soaked during printing or fixation) is being rinsed. It may affect the initial look of the print.
Most vulnerable to washing are large areas printed in dark colours.
NANSUK, SATIN, PERKALE, LINEN, BAMBOO, LAWN
- wash in temperatures below 40 C/ 104 F
- use a gentle machine cycle
- spinning: max 400 rpm
Do not use bleach or any decolourisers nor strong stain removers.
We suggest to dry in a horizontal position and do not dry in tumble dryer.
For the best effect use dry-cleaning. This way fabrics will preserve their quality and uniqueness.
We recommend two types of dry-cleaning:
1. Water wash in the gentle cycle (in lower temperature). This one is the safest for KUKA fabrics due to the lower level of spinning.
2. Chemical wash in tetrachloroethylene in the gentle cycle (lower temperature). The effect is similar to the water wash.
Grammage describes how heavy a piece of the fabric is; it’s usually described by grams per square meter.
You could say that it tells us how heavy a square meter of a given fabric is.
Yes, our fabrics, wallpapers and posters are safe for children.
Firstly, our fabrics are certified by Oeko-tex Standard 100, a world-leading safety certificate for textile products. Products that receive this certificate are free of harmful substances in a concentration that could have negative effect on human health like pesticides, chlorophenols, formaldehyde, allergenic dyes, banned nitrogen-based dyes and extractable heavy metals.
Secondly, our wallpapers and posters have a DoP (Declaration of Performance) declaration confirming that they include no harmful compounds, such as PVC, heavy metals, solvents, formaldehyde, glass fiber. Cellulose used for production has FSC Certificate, and final wallpaper has CE marking, hygienic certificate and is certified B-s1, d0 fire retardant according to DIN EN 13501-1. Additionally vinyl coated non-woven fleece wallpaper has Bio-Pruf Anti-Bacterial wallcovering system (reducing the formation of unpleasant odors, molds, aesthetic problems on the surface).
Thirdly, we use water-based inks (pigment ink for fabrics and latex ink for wallpapers and posters) that are non-toxic.
Fourthly, our kids use the materials printed at KUKA :)
Wall surface preparation:
The wall on which we plan to stick the wallpaper must be clean, dry, slightly absorbent and properly prepared:
- fresh wall - covered with plaster surface, plasterboard or other absorbent materials must be primed with a special primer (or a diluted wallpaper paste) min. 2 hours before application. Primer should soak into the base. It should not leave any layer on the surface, which may cause weakening of the adhesive/wallpaper paste,
- wall covered with paint - it should be washed with paint soap, and in the case of a thick layer of paint (eg. silicone, washable) wipe it with sandpaper (to increase the adhesion of the paste to the base) and degrease.
- wall covered with wallpaper - remove all layers of old wallpaper. If, after removing the wallpaper, any damage to the wall is noticeable it should be fixed (you can close any holes or irregularities with plaster-based filler) and then the entire wall should be primed.
Before hanging the wallpaper, you must check the condition of the wallpaper. In order to assess the condition of the wallpaper it is best to spread all the panels side-by-side on a dry and clean surface, imprinted side upwards. If the wallpaper consists of several rolls/parts, check whether the pattern is correct, and whether the color or grammage of individual fragments on joints does not differ.
Pastes/ Wallpaper glues:
For pasting of fleece wallpaper, you can use pastes like: Metylan Direct, Metylan Direct Control, Super Vlies, Diall Special
The paste should be used according to the instructions and recommendations of the manufacturer printed on the packaging.
Pasting and hanging the wallpaper:
1) Paste the wallpaper using the "double tab" method which gives a perfect fit of the wallpaper
2) You should start by planning the arrangement of the wallpaper on the wall (it is recommended to hang the wallpaper in direction from the window towards the door).
3) The vertical line must be marked on the wall to set the first panel placement, before pasting.
4) Cut the wallpaper into pieces with the required height, remembering to match the pattern accordingly. Leave a small reserve of about 5 cm to the length of the wallpaper.
5) Evenly apply a thin layer of paste to the wall with a roller or brush. Apply the adhesive systematically so that it does not dry before placing the wallpaper. It's best to apply the paste on slightly larger surface than the size of placed piece of wallpaper.
6) Lay the trimmed dry wallpaper pieces on the glue-painted wall.
7) The wallpaper pieces should be laid from the top of the wall, in such a way that one of the folded parts can fall down freely. The next piece pattern should be closely matched to the previously laid piece.
8) You can achieve perfect fitting of the panels by overlapping them with adjacent edges (overlap of about 2 cm) while matching the pattern. Next, apply a metal ruler in the middle of the tab, press and cut with a knife (or use a special knife for wallpaper double-cutting). Cut both layers of wallpaper. Cutting should be started from top to the bottom.
9) Then remove the cut wallpaper strips of both panels and smooth the edges of the wallpaper.
10) The edges of joined pieces should be pressed with a roller or a soft brush. You should do it particularly gently in case of thin wallpapers or wallpapers with textures.
11) Remove the air bubbles with a roller or a soft brush.
12) Cut to align the top and bottom edges of laid wallpaper with the sharp special-purpose knife.
13) Remove overflowing paste with a slightly damp and clean sponge. This should be done after applying each piece of wallpaper so that the paste does not dry out. Do not rub the same spot multiple times and do not use chemical cleaning agents. The drying paste can damage the surface of the wallpaper.