When Chap Manning registered for Business & Ethics at The Citadel in the mid-2000s, he had no idea that his instructor would not only teach him the basics of business ethics but change the trajectory of his life. His professor, Bonnie Oulla, was the original principal of Fiber-Seal of the Lowcountry, and she hired Manning when he graduated in 2008. Manning bought the company in 2017 and invited his best friend, John Cobb, and brother, Michael, to join him as owners. The trio next recruited family members to join the team of a company that they adore running.
And why wouldn’t they love working for a brand that allows them to work together and help maintain the Lowcountry’s loveliest homes? Fiber-Seal has been the one-stop fabric and furniture care resource for more than 50 years. Founded in 1971, Fiber-Seal was a pioneer in the field of fabric care, launching a revolutionary product that could be applied to fabrics, carpeting and rugs to repel liquids and soils, and keep fibers cleaner longer. Better yet, the Fiber-Seal Fabric Care System includes expert assistance for difficult stains—and it’s included at no additional charge. The company’s personalized services allow you to relax and know you are covered.
“Working together as one big family to provide the absolute best customer service and protect our clients’ investments throughout the great state of South Carolina is an honor and joy,” says Manning. The company works with customers and more than 250 interior designers in its territory, which stretches from Mount Pleasant to Savannah.
“Fiber-Seal is a family-run business that gives every client the time and attention they deserve. They run a very efficient operation, from response to quotes to service and product,” says interior designer Melissa Ervin. She used the company in her own home with vintage rugs. “We added a puppy to our busy lives a year ago so the rug protective service that has a year warranty was priceless,” she adds.
Fiber-Seal of the Lowcountry works with many high-profile clients and A-list celebrities, including on the Lowcountry’s resplendent Kiawah Island, and is dedicated to delivering top-notch service to all clients. During the pandemic, it became an essential business by helping people disinfect and maintain their homes. “The kids were home from school and there were lots of accidents,” says Manning.
Since 2020, the business has grown as many new clients got familiar with Fiber-Seal and appreciate its value, especially the 12-month service agreement for primary homes, where the team will come to your home for free spill and spot removal. “We have such an appreciation of the beautiful waterfront properties in the Lowcountry and are privileged that clients trust us to maintain them,” says co-owner John Cobb.
The team is also committed to giving back to the community and supports many charities. “We try to give back whenever we can,” says Cobb. Along with volunteering and supporting Surfers Healing and Pet Helpers, Fiber-Seal of the Lowcountry regularly donates to raffles and silent auctions to help area charities. The team is also very active in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
One of the high points of every week is Fiber-Seal Fridays, when the business closes at 2 p.m. and everyone goes out to relax and enjoy lunch at one of the local Charleston restaurants. “We never thought in a hundred years we would be running a company like Fiber-Seal. However, we truly enjoy coming to work every day and can’t imagine doing anything else,” says Manning.
Stacey Marcus is a Boston-based freelance lifestyle, luxury and travel writer. Her works have appeared in Art New England, Boston, Boston Common Magazine, Coastal Design Magazine, Charleston Style & Design, Modern Luxury Chicago, Ocean Home Magazine, Playboy.com, RD.com and many others. A lover of big words and little white dogs, Stacey’s biggest joys are found in life’s simple moments.