Tips for Caring for Your Upholstery

Which furniture in your home do you absolutely love? Why do you feel that way towards that particular furniture? For many people, it’s because of the way the furniture looks. But unless you take good care of your favorite furniture, its looks are going to fade. So if you want your favorite furniture to look as good as the day you bought it, you’ll need to know how to properly care for the upholstery.

The upholstery could use some vacuuming too so don’t forget to vacuum the upholstery whenever you’re vacuuming the carpet. It’s a good idea to vacuum the upholstery at least once a week. Vacuuming furniture helps in removing surface soil, preventing dirt from embedding themselves in the fibers. Aside from the vacuum, you can whisk away dirt with the help of a soft-bristled brush.

Periodically turn over loose cushions as doing so can extend the life of your furniture. This is because there will be even distribution of wear and tear, and your cushions won’t get indentations right away. Fluff the cushions too to retain their shape. Rearrange the cushions too. Swap cushions from one furniture to another or from one end of the furniture to the other. You want the cushions to get an even amount of use.

Make sure your furniture doesn’t get direct sunlight any time of the day. If it does, either minimize the sunlight by using heavy drapes or put the furniture in a different area of the room. Sunlight can cause fading, and if you’ve got furniture with silk fabric, sunlight exposure is going to ruin it soon enough. Make sure there’s good ventilation in the room too as airborne pollutants like smoke and fumes coming from the kitchen can damage your upholstery. Also, having proper ventilation helps keep the area clean.

To minimize stains and dirt on your furniture, put some rules up in place for you and other household members. For instance, don’t let anyone eat on the couch, chairs or love seats. For dining chairs, go with those that come with removable and machine-washable chair covers with seat cushion. Another thing is you can disallow anyone to lie down or put their feet up on the couch with their shoes on. If you have dogs, train them not to get up on the furniture whose upholstery you’re trying to protect.

A fabric protector is a wonderful thing to use on your furniture. If your furniture is already protected, it’s easy to remove stains…you simply blot them up. However, if your furniture doesn’t have fabric protector, you’ll need to act fast when it gets stained or something spills on it. First, don’t try to rub out the stain or the spill or you risk ruining the fabric. Blot up as much of the liquid as you can using a clean towel. Next, use a spot cleaner that’s specifically designed for upholstery. With a soft-bristled brush, gently work the spot cleaner in a circular motion. Vacuum the spot once it is dry.

It’s a good idea to have your upholstery professionally cleaned every two years or so. In between, make sure you exercise the proper care and maintenance of your upholstery. Once a piece of furniture becomes dirty, it is much harder to restore it to its original look.