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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Medical Exam Tables
« on: July 16, 2017, 05:02:25 PM »
Not sure if Stamskin-One would work.  Anything used must meet the following requirements.  Most polyurethanes don't meet the requirements.

No DEHP (plasticizers)
No Mercury
No Formaldehyde
No Perfluorinated Compounds
No Flame Retardants, unless need it to meet building fire safety codes. If present must meet GreenScreen Benchmark 3 or 4 of equilavent
No added Anti Microbial.  Triclosan and triclocarban are explicitly prohibited. No other added or built-in chemical antimicrobials are allowed unless they are registered with the U.S. EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and have published data that show efficacy in a hospital/clinical setting measured by a reduction in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) as part of comprehensive infection control measures. Antimicrobials added to materials or products for the sole purpose of preserving the product are exempt.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Medical Exam Tables
« on: July 10, 2017, 07:24:59 PM »
The way I look at it is I have told them my reservations on using polyurethane, and they say use it anyway.  So polyurethane they will get.  I will probably use Ultraleather on most of the stuff.  The Hydrolysis test is 14+ weeks, the highest rating I have found so far.  If they want to pay $125 per yard retail, who am I to complain.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Medical Exam Tables
« on: July 09, 2017, 10:03:40 AM »
Thanks MinUph and sofadoc.  I have already told the powers that be, the costs involved.  They are one of the largest hospital systems in the state, and a non profit also, so the admins just look at it as money they already have to spend.  Not to mention, they are all in on this Healthier Hospitals Initiative.  I really don't care about the cost, as long as they are willing to pay it.  But my suspicion is that none of these products are going to hold up under the disinfecting and wear they are going to get.  Especially since no one actually uses the cleaners properly.  After seeing that Pelton Crane will not warranty there Ultraleather upholstery on their dental chairs, I am assuming that they do not feel confident that it will last long term.  So at this time, they will pay what it costs with no guarantee on the material.

The Business Of Upholstery / Medical Exam Tables
« on: July 08, 2017, 02:38:40 PM »
I have been upholstering medical and dental exam tables and chairs for almost 30 years, and have finally run into an interesting issue.  One of the large hospital systems I do work for is involved with something called the Healthier Hospitals Initiative.  http://healthierhospitals.org/   It is a way for them to go completely "Green".  I have been told that all upholstering going forward will use either certain polyurethanes (ones that meet the requirements) or silicone based products like Silica.  Does anyone have any experience using these products on medical exam tables or chairs?  I have seen Ultraleather cushions on dental chairs fail within 3 years from the factory and was not covered under warranty.  I don't believe these products will hold up under the cleaning and heavy use, the way the good commercial vinyls do.  Wondering if anyone is using this stuff, and if so which ones have given the best results, without getting into the $165 retail range that some of the products from C.F. Stinson go for.  To me, the $125 for Ultraleather is ridiculous enough.  Any information is appreciated.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: vinyl/leather repair franchise or classes
« on: September 08, 2016, 08:20:49 PM »
I noticed that the link to Refinish Coatings does not work anymore.  The new link is http://refinishcoatings.net/

June below is a link to the Marine Fabricators Association Times Standard Manual.  There is several pages of time estimates for cushion, seat and panel upholstering.


General Discussion / Re: How long should restaurant booths last?
« on: February 19, 2014, 01:01:43 PM »
Another thing to consider.  Do the booths have springs in them?  I have found that if the ties break and the springs start to spread apart, this will allow more stretch in the material and cause premature cracking.  Especially when the servers kneel on them to clean the tables. 

Finally, I have three restaurants that have someone come in to clean the windows, and they stand on the booths to get to the windows.

General Discussion / Re: Decorative nail trim strips
« on: January 23, 2014, 07:38:29 PM »
The job was approved.  They want me to do one chair with the 130 nails and see if they like the look.  If not, then we will be installing 500+ nails in the 32 chairs and I will be buying the gun.  If I do I will let you know how it works.


General Discussion / Nauga Soft
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:04:22 AM »
I had a restaurant call me in to look at doing 10 booths.  The vinyl on the booths is a dead ringer for Nauga Soft.  The backing is the same, the grain pattern is exactly the same, the dull finish and feel are exactly the same.  But the color is not on the sample card.  The color is close to Deep Sea but not the same and farther off then one would find with a dye lot discrepancy.  Anyone know of any vinyls that are an exact match to Nauga Soft except for the colors offered.


General Discussion / Re: Decorative nail trim strips
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:19:45 PM »
I emailed the quote today to the facility giving them 2 prices, one with the 500+ nails and one with about 130 nails per chair.  The job is large enough that it is not a problem figuring in the price for the Uffy decorative nail gun if they go with the higher quote for the 500+ nails.  I read that there can be a problem with the nail heads scratching, but I figure if I use an oxford head it should cut down on this.  If I end up buying one of these guns, I will let you know how it works.


General Discussion / Re: Decorative nail trim strips
« on: January 08, 2014, 06:17:23 PM »
Thanks for the input Gene and Sofadoc.  From what you say using the strips are out of the question.  The facility is one of the top country clubs in the area, and if it does not look good it is not an option.  Did not even think about the gun to shoot the nails.  I will look into that.  Thanks again.


General Discussion / Decorative nail trim strips
« on: January 08, 2014, 04:00:56 PM »
Does anyone have any experience with using the decorative nail trim strips.  I have never used them before and am wondering how they look compared to using the nails exclusively?  I am bidding on a job on doing 32 leather upholstered captains chairs that currently have approximately 530 nails per chair.  The customer wants it bid with a minimum amount of nails being used and doing it the exact same way it is currently upholstered with all the nails.  Not looking forward to installing 17,000 nails, and I am sure they will be surprised by how much labor this is going to add.  Because of this I was wondering about the nail trim strips if they are a viable alternative or if they make the job look cheap or second rate?


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Leather.
« on: December 05, 2013, 07:59:23 PM »
Thanks Johann.

MinUph.  This has a pretty distinct print to it and they will be very particular.  But I am leaving this as a last resort due to the cost involved.

The Business Of Upholstery / Leather.
« on: December 04, 2013, 09:21:02 AM »
I have a country club that has asked for a quote on doing 32 leather captain's chairs.  They picked a specific leather off a furniture leather line sold by Coast to Coast Leather.  Of course after calling them I am informed that it has been discontinued for a year or so, as an aside I would love to ask them why is it still showing on your web site after all this time, but I digress.  The country club is being very particular about the color because they have leather cushioned booths in the same area and are trying to match it.  What leather suppliers do you use other then Coast to Coast and Garrett?  Over the years most of my leather experience has been with automotive, hence my working with Coast to Coast, so I need some other suppliers that I hope I can find something close to the discontinued leather my customer is looking for.  Thanks for any help you can give.


General Discussion / Re: Patients patience
« on: October 14, 2013, 11:29:26 AM »
Sofa there is no way I could put it off even if I wanted to since my wife is well aware of it.

Rich.  The work I am doing is for 3 of the hospital systems in the area.  The bulk of the work is done for the medical offices that they manage, and this consists of exam tables and chairs and waiting room furniture.  The hospitals themselves don't seem to throw as much work at me but I usually don't complain since it is easier to get stuff in and out of the office buildings then the hospitals.  From talking to others it is easier to do what I do living near a major city since these entities have vendors lists and if your not on them, you don't get any work.  In less metropolitan areas I believe each hospital makes it's own decisions and it's just a matter of finding the person in the building that makes the decisions.

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