Beautiful, comfortable furniture makes your house livable and aesthetically pleasing. However, in order to keep your furniture looking as good as it did when you first bought it you need to care for the upholstery properly.
Whenever you clean your home, make upholstery care part of the routine. Anytime you vacuum your floor, vacuum your upholstery as well. For the best results, do it on a weekly basis. By vacuuming upholstery, you remove dirt particles from the surface of your furniture and prevent them from becoming embedded in the fibers. Alternatively, you could use a soft brush to remove dirt from the surface of upholstery.
To extend the life of your furniture, flip the loose cushions over periodically so each side wears equally. You can also prevent your furniture from developing indentations that way. Keep your cushions in good shape by fluffing them each time you vacuum. Change the positions of the cushions on a regular basis so the amount of use is evenly distributed.
Keep your furniture out of direct sunlight to prevent fading. Also avoid exposing your furniture to airborne pollutants such as smoke and cooking fumes because they can harm the fabric. Be extra careful with silk upholstery because it can be easily damaged. Make sure your kitchen has good ventilation to prevent your furniture from being exposed to cooking fumes. Prevention is one of the most important steps when it comes to maintaining your upholstery. Set up some rules in your household to avoid staining and dirtying upholstery.
For example, prohibit people from eating and drinking on the couch, loveseat, and chairs. Also, do not let anyone put their feet up on the couch with their shoes on. If you have a dog, do not let him sit on the furniture or even enter the room that contains the furniture you are trying to protect. For dining room chairs that have fabric upholstery, use washable seat covers.
Using a fabric protector is a very effective way of keeping your upholstery stain-free. When your furniture is protected, all you have to do is blot it when there is a spill. The key to avoiding stains when you do not have a fabric protector is to act quickly. Blot up any of the extra liquid immediately with a dry cloth.
Do not rub it in otherwise you can damage the upholstery. Make sure to use a stain remover specifically designed for use on upholstery. Read the instructions on the label very carefully and test a spot on your upholstery first to make sure that it doesn’t damage the fabric. Rub the stain remover into the fabric with a soft brush using a circular motion. When the spot is dry, vacuum it.
At least every two years, you should consider hiring a professional to come in and clean your upholstery. After a large amount of dirt particles accumulate on your furniture, even regular cleaning is not enough to restore it and get it looking as good as it did when you first bought it.