How to Maintain Upholstered Furniture

The furniture in our homes is one of investment we make, so it’s really best to maintain its condition so we can keep on using it for a long time. Upholstered furniture is not difficult to maintain, as long as you know how unique your furniture is. The following are the ways to maintain your upholstered furniture.  

Upholstered Furniture

Choose the Right Fabric 

The lifespan and condition of your upholstery will depend on how you buy it. When you first choose what you’re buying, make sure you know about the fabric. Once you choose the right fabric, you will then know how to maintain the furniture. The fabric should also match your lifestyle so the cleaning and maintenance tasks can be easily done. For example, if you have pets, you might opt to buy synthetic fibers, or other fibers that do not loose weaves when used too much.  

Protect Your Fabric 

The top on your fabric protection list should be attention to spills and stains. When you buy one, ask the seller or manufacturer about the fabric protectors applied during the manufacturing. Usually, upholstered furniture undergoes process where it is treated with water repellents or soil. These protectors will keep the spills from being absorbed right away, and then you will conduct a treating method proper for the furniture.  

Turn the Cushions 

To extend the furniture’s life, periodically turn the cushion over. It is a simple maintenance method and you’re able to allow even distribution of wear and tear. After you clean up, fluff the cushions too. In addition to turning the cushion over, you can also change them from one part to the other. Some seats get used than others, so change the positions of the cushions to get even usage.  

Vacuum Regularly 

Just like carpet, upholstered furniture needs regular vacuuming too. It is a way to remove surface soil and prevents dirt and dust from penetrating deep into the fibers. You can also use a soft bristled brush to whisk some of the dirt away. This should also be part of your regular furniture cleaning 

Spot Clean 

Regular cleaning maintenance for your upholstered furniture is necessary, but you shouldn’t settle on that alone. Accidents happen, like stains and spills. It’s inevitable no matter what kind of precaution you’re taking. When this happens, make sure you blot the spills and stains right away using a clean folded towel. Do not rub, just blot the spot gently. If the stain stays, make sure you spot test a cleaner first before you treat the stain. Always follow the instructions. After applying, vacuum the furniture to dry.  

Avoid Sunlight and Pollutants 

Place the furniture away from the sunlight; it can damage the fabric causing it to fade and even fray. Get the best position where it’s not hit with a direct sunlight, especially if it has a delicate fabric. Avoid air pollutants too. For example, smoke or fumes from cooking can harm the furniture’s fabric. Make sure that your house has proper ventilation so your furniture is protected from odor.  

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