The Mitchell Group

Established in 2004, The Mitchell Group is a leading worldwide distributor of faux leather upholstery fabrics featuring various leading brands including Sta-Kleen®, ReCast®, NuLeatherTM and the Mitchell Collection of popular patterns. In November 2017, The Mitchell Group partnered with Innova International as its exclusive Australian distributor of its faux leather ranges.

Mitchell's faux leather upholstery collections include everything from traditional leather looks to unique specialty fabrics and novelty patterns for high-traffic commercial applications that answer the industry's demand for durability in fashion-forward designs.

Located in Chicago, Mitchell also serves the contract market with the finest quality polyurethane and vinyl fabrics. All products are subject to the most rigorous testing standards in strength, UV stability, hydrolysis and abrasion; and are compliant to Australian and International fire standards.  Sta-Kleen® Performance Fabric, the first truly dry-erasable 100% polyurethane is available in a wide range of patterns and colours.

What does Sta-Kleen® Performance Fabric mean for you?
Durability It meets or surpasses industry performance standards for strength (flex resistance, grab tensile, and trap tear), abrasion, hydrolysis, and UV stability.
Easy maintenance It is truly cleanable, the first urethane upholstery to handle ballpoint pen. Sta-Kleen® will remove tough stains including ketchup, coffee, and wine. Its stain shield is part of the fabric, where stains can be easily wiped off with a clean cloth. It can be cleaned repeatedly without surface damage.
Safe It is anti-bacterial and mildew resistant. It can be disinfected with a 5:1 ratio of water to bleach solution.  It is phthalate and formaldehyde free; and meets Australian and International flammability requirements.
Looks great A whole new world of fashion-forward patterns and colours are available, suitable for both commercial and residential uses, which will continue to look great for the life of the furniture.
Feels wonderful The first truly cleanable faux leathers with a tactile feel closest to real leather.

 

 

 

 

STA-KLEEN®

Sta-Kleen® is a stain- and ink-resistant triclosan-based antimicrobial additive for faux leather textiles. It does not render the textile "ink proof." Sta-Kleen is a registered trademark of The Mitchell Group.


Sta-Kleen® Performance Fabric is a revolution in faux leather upholstery -- the first stain resistant urethane fabric. Sta-Kleen® offers permanent protection, created with a proprietary bonding process inherent in the manufacturing process of the product. It is not a topical application: it will last the lifetime of the upholstery.

Sta-Kleen® faux leather offers outstanding appearance, performance, maintenance and environmental qualities for both commercial and contract upholstery. Highwood, Crisscross and Congo are the first truly cleanable faux leathers with a tactile feel closest to real leather.

Designed specifically for high traffic areas, the Sta-Kleen® ranges are suitable for commercial interiors, hotels, restaurants, clubs, education, healthcare and aged care. Combining aesthetic appeal with enhanced durability, these fabrics are also resilient enough to withstand the effects of commercial cleaners used in healthcare facilities and other commercial environments.

The Mitchell Group is committed to developing products with reduced environmental impact, as well as ensuring that materials used in the Sta-Kleen manufacturing process are phthalate, formaldehyde and PVC free. Sta-Kleen® Performance Fabric (in selected colours) meets the goals set forth by the Healthier Hospitals (HH) Safer Chemicals Challenge, Version 2*.

* TEXTILES DESCRIBED HEREIN MEET THE HEALTHY INTERIORS GOAL OF THE SAFER CHEMICALS CHALLENGE ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURER. PRACTICE GREENHEALTH DOES NOT VERIFY THIS INFORMATION AND HEALTHIER HOSPITALS IS A RECOMMENDATION, NOT A CERTIFICATION.

The Sta-Kleen® faux leather collection will initially be offered in three patterns:

  • Highwood, a subtle two-tone leather look in 9 colours;
  • Crisscross, a shimmery linen look in 7 colours; and 
  • Congo, an animal hide inspired design in 5 colours.

Sta-Kleen® exceeds the performance standards set by the Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) - USA for commercial grade upholstery as shown in table below. Contact Innova International for further information or for full product technical specifications. 

Performance Test ACT (USA) Standard Value Sta-Kleen Typical Value
Grab Tensile 50 lbs./in. x 50 lbs./in. 80 lbs./in. x 70 lbs./in.
Seam Strength 25 lbs./in. x 25 lbs./in. 60 lbs./in. x 60 lbs./in.
Wyzeenbeek Abrasion 50,000 cycles 100,000 cycles

Instructions:

All PU faux leather fabrics require a degree of maintenance and care. A regular, minimum weekly cleaning regimen with appropriate products will prolong the life of the upholstery.


Sta-Kleen® Performance Fabric is the first erasable urethane fabric that enhances fashion for designers and brings the convenience of easy cleaning to the end user. Moreover, its looks and feels so much like real leather, you'll hardly believe it’s faux. 

Sta-Kleen is the best choice for high-traffic areas where sacrificing beauty for performance simply isn’t an option. Whether you’re choosing fabrics for a living room or a lobby, a restaurant or a casino, a waiting room or a dining room, Sta-Kleen succeeds where style and elegance are as important as withstanding stains and wear.

Cleaning tough stains is a breeze, and Sta-Kleen has staying power – for the life of your furniture. Sta-Kleen is not a topical treatment. It is a permanent application chemically bonded during the manufacturing process. 

Ballpoint pen can be dry erased.  Oil-based stains like butter, salad dressing, sauces, and cosmetics can be easily removed. Topical antiseptics, lotions and creams that would stain conventional urethane upholstery forever are wiped away. Regular cleanings and the removal of difficult stains will not damage nor diminish Sta-Kleen's finish, performance or high-style appeal. 

Day-to-Day Cleaning -- Remove ordinary dirt and smudges with mild soap and water. Dry with a soft, lint-free cloth or towel. The use of conditioners or protectants is not required nor recommended for use on Sta-Kleen upholstery – its cleanability is permanent, and won’t wear out.

Disinfecting -- A 5:1 ratio of water to bleach solution may be used as a disinfectant. Rinse the surface with clean water after disinfecting. Dry with a soft, lint-free cloth or towel. 

Stain Removal -- Upholstery protected with Sta-Kleen is resistant to most common stains. To keep your furniture looking new, stains such as ballpoint pen can be dry-erased with a clean, lint-free cloth. Gently rub the area until the stain has been removed. Wet or gooey stains such as food stains (e.g., ketchup) or topical stains (e.g., antiseptics, lotions and creams) should first be wiped off with a clean cloth or sponge, then follow the instructions above.

Stubborn Stains -- If a ghost stain remains, apply a small amount of household rubbing alcohol (91% isopropyl alcohol) to a clean, lint-free cloth and rub the stain until it has been removed. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth and go!

Chemical Cleaners - Sta-Kleen products are used in many commercial applications. The housekeeping crews often use strong chemicals for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.  It is imperative that when these chemical cleaners are used that they are rinsed off with a wet sponge or damp cloth.

Blue Jean Dye Resistance - Sta-Kleen creates an invisible barrier to keep the indigo dye from transferring to the upholstery. However, as there are many types of both natural and synthetic dyes used in coloring clothing, we cannot guarantee there will never be any dye transfer. In the unlikely event that any blue jean dye transfer occurs, follow the Stubborn Stains cleaning instructions above.

DISCLAIMER: This guide addresses the care and cleaning of Sta-Kleen Performance Fabric. The care and cleaning methods covered in the guide will provide the best protection for these products. However, not all stains can be removed, especially if the stains are not addressed immediately. This information does not relieve the user from the responsibility for the correct and safe use of the product and cleaning methods. The Mitchell Group and Innova International are not responsible for any defect caused by the use of cleaning solutions not included in this guide. In addition, the product warranty will be voided if any other cleaning methods are used on this product.