Our Auditorium Seating Finishes.
Our auditorium seating finishes are broken down into two categories: fabric and wood. Take a look at our finishes below, and if you have any questions about how these will affect your auditorium seating price, or need help determining which would be best for your project please contact us.
In addition to the pre-selected fabrics from CF Stinson, Theatre Solutions will consider the use of other fabrics. In this case, we strongly recommend that we be contacted before the final selection is made, so we may have a chance to determine the suitability of the fabric being considered in accordance with our upholstery methods.
Customer’s Own Material (COM)
TSI will make every attempt to upholster with a textile supplied by our customer. In order to confirm that we can upholster with your fabric, please provide TSI enough fabric to upholster one chair. TSI will determine the suitability of the fabric in accordance with our upholstery methods.
In all cases, TSI is not responsible for the future behavior of the fabric and does not give any assurances as to the fabric’s durability, light fastness, colorfastness, and resistance to soiling, wrinkling, creasing or other fabric problems. The fabric warranty is limited to the warranty provided by the mill or fabric company.
California Technical Bulletin 133 (CAL133)
Several states require that chairs sold for public spaces must meet CAL133 flammability testing requirements. CAL133 is available as an option on most TSI chair models.
*Although the wood species you’ll see below are our standard, we have worked with most other woods and will consider working with any species required for a specific project. We’ll also match any of our wood to a stain finish identified by the Architect.
Cherry Flat-cut, book-matched and centered
Light Cherry #22
Medium Cherry #26
Maple Flat-cut, book-matched and centered
Light Maple #31
Medium Maple #36
Red Oak Flat-cut, book-matched and centered
Light Oak #42
Medium Oak #46
Ebonized Oak #48
Need more options? No problem.
Although the options you see above are our standard wood finishes, we have and can work with a variety of other wood options. And if you’ve got a particular stain you want us to match to, just let us know!
TSI manufacturers all metal parts using a flat-black powder-coat finish. Custom colors are available; contact us for availability and pricing.
High Pressure Laminate Options.
A wide variety of standard laminates are available. Standard pricing is base upon solid-color, matte-finish laminates from Formica, Pionite, and Nevamar. For other laminates or auditorium seating finishes, contact TSI for availability and pricing. Contact the following manufacturer’s for samples:
Formica, 255 E. 5th Street, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45202: 800-367-6422
Pionite, One Pionite Road, Auburn, ME 04210: 800-746-6483
Care and Cleaning of Your Chairs.
In order to maintain the beauty of your chairs and keep them looking new, periodic cleaning must be done. Please refer to the guides below.
Fabric Care Cleaning instructions for upholstery.
Wood Care Wood finish care and maintenance.
Cleaning Fabric Finishes.
Weekly light vacuuming is desirable and greatly extends the life of the fabric. Annual or semi-annual cleaning preserves and enhances the upholstery. TSI recommends the use of a professional cleaning service. If you intend to do the job in-house, use only reputable brands of upholstery shampoo and follow maker’s instructions exactly. Test the shampoo solution on an inconspicuous part of the product. Never use soap, ammonia, bleach or other cleaners intended for use on hard surfaces. Do not over-wet the fabric and void pressing liquids through the fabric.
Removing Stains If something should get spilled or dropped on your product’s fabric, the golden rule for removing the stain is speed. Most spots will vanish if treated immediately and are not allowed to dry in, so keep the necessary cleaning materials all together in one convenient place.
Here’s a few other pointers:
- Mop up any excess liquid with an absorbent tissue (preferably white) or a clean cloth. Scoop up dry solids with a spoon.
- Most stains can be treated with one of three cleaning liquids – dry cleaning fluid, upholstery shampoo, or clean water.
- Always work inwards from the edge of the stain to prevent spreading. Use small amounts of cleaning liquid at a time and blot between applications. Avoid pressing liquid through the fabric. Continue until the stain has disappeared. Never rush or panic, work patiently and thoroughly. If the stain cannot be removed, get expert advice from a reputable dry cleaning organization. CAUTION! DRY CLEANING FLUIDS MAY BE TOXIC OR FLAMMABLE. The usual procedures should be taken when handling these products.
Cleaning Wood Finishes.
All wood surfaces are coated with a catalyzed lacquer finish, which is impervious to most common liquids and other stain producing materials. Use the following procedures to maintain your product’s finish.
Dusting is recommended as often as needed. Use a dusting cloth (preferably cotton or flannel) that is specially treated to attract and lock dust into the cloth fibers. Avoid using a dry or coarse cloth as it may scratch the wood surface. Feather dusters scatter the dust particles into the air only to resettle back on the product.
Cleaning The mot commonly used cleaning agents on the market today are water base. They are formulated to contain degreasing agents as well as cleaning additives that bring beauty to the wood. Recommended products are Murphy’s Soap or Johnson’s Pledge. Washing the wood with soap and water is not a recommended practice. It will leave the surface lusterless and in most cases will cause harm to the finish if left on the surface too long.
A good line of protection against environmental degradation of your product is a protective layer of wax. TSI’s finishes are durable and hard enough that in most cases no waxing is necessary. Depending on the wear and use a good rule to follow is to wax finishes approximately every six months. A good quality wax contains carnauba wax. A recommended product is Butcher’s Wax – Boston Furniture Polish. Waxes can be purchased with color additives that allow matching to the furniture’s original finish tones.
Repairs to the surface of your furniture are best left to professional furniture re-finishers who have the training and equipment to expertly repair wood finishes.