We all want our furniture to last as long as possible. That’s why it’s important to care for it properly, so you can enjoy the comfort and style of your upholstered pieces for years to come. I’m going to in this blog share some tips and tricks with you today that will help keep your furniture looking good and lasting longer.
How to care for upholstered furniture
● Protect your furniture from sunlight
● Keep your furniture away from the fireplace
● Place away from the kitchen
● Don’t place furniture in the bathroom
● Keep animals off your furniture
Remove spills immediately.
Spills are one of the most common sources of stains on upholstered furniture. If you don’t clean them up immediately, they can quickly become sticky and permanent.
To clean up a spill:
● Use a clean cloth or paper towels to soak up as much liquid as possible from the surface of your chair or sofa. Make sure to use a dry cloth or paper towel after each pass to absorb any residual moisture. It’s best for this step if you use warm water mixed with a small amount of dish soap (if needed) until you have removed all visible liquids from the furniture; only use cold water if absolutely necessary due to circumstances that require it (for example, if someone spills coffee on their favourite chair). Never rub at spills; instead, dab gently on dampened areas until all colour is gone from both sides.
● If there is still an oily residue left behind after cleaning with water alone (such as during an oil-based paint job), apply white vinegar diluted in equal parts hot water directly onto affected areas and let stand for several minutes before wiping away with a damp cloth.
Brush away debris.
● Brush away debris with a soft-bristle brush. It’s important to remove any small particles, like grit and dust that could scratch your upholstery over time.
● Vacuum furniture with a brush attachment. Cleaning your sofa with a vacuum cleaner is the easiest way to remove any dirt or crumbs that may have gotten stuck in its fibres over time (or even recently). Simply use an attachment that has bristles on it, then move it back and forth through all of the cushions until everything is gone!
● Use a lint roller on anything visible from afar. If there are larger pieces of debris such as pet hair on your furniture, grab one of those sticky lint rollers so you don’t risk scratching up anything else while trying to get them off manually!
Caring for upholstery is a simple enough task, but it’s important to use the right cleaning products. Not only will this keep your furniture looking great, but it’ll also protect both the fabric and its colour. Do not ever clean upholstery with household cleaners or harsh chemicals—they may damage your piece. Instead, opt for a professional-grade fabric cleaner specifically designed for this purpose (and read the label carefully). Be sure that any product you use is labelled as safe on all types of fabrics; if you’re unsure about what kind of material your upholstered furniture is made from, do some research before using anything at all!
Steam cleaning sofa cushions.
If your cushions are removable, you can steam clean them in the washing machine. Use a mild detergent and let them soak in hot water before placing them into the washing machine.
If they’re not detachable, you’ll need to do this by hand. Fill a sink with hot water and add some detergent to it, then gently wring out each cushion by hand before placing it in the sink and rinsing it off with fresh water until all traces of soap are gone. Take care not to wring too hard or rub too vigorously; that could damage the fabric or even cause tears or stains! Let everything dry completely before using again
Turn and rotate.
Turning your cushions over periodically is the best way to keep them in good shape. The bottom side of a cushion is often the most exposed to wear and tear, so flipping it will help prevent damage from occurring. Doing this every few months will ensure that your furniture lasts for years without any problems. Turning cushions over can be done in one of two ways: by hand or with a special tool called an “over-the-arm” sofa turner. If you are using the latter, simply place the tool under each arm of your sofa or comfortable chair and push until it clicks into place. Then, lift up on the handle to lift both arms together and turn them over using them as leverage. You may need someone else’s help in lifting if they’re heavy pieces! Once they’re turned over, press down on each arm again until they click back into place (you’ll hear a click when they do), then replace any loose pillows or covers before sitting down again at your new favourite spot in front of Netflix! It is also important to rotate your cushions over to the opposite side of the sofa, put them in front of or behind the sofa, and then do it again on another day. This will prevent them from getting too worn out in one spot and you’ll have a more even-looking seat that’s more comfortable to sit on as well!
How to keep your upholstered furniture looking its best,
• Use a soft brush or vacuum cleaner attachment to remove dirt from the surface of upholstered furniture. If fabric is not damaged by tearing or shedding fibres, use a damp cloth to wipe away dust and grime that has accumulated in cracks and crevices.
● If necessary, use a steam cleaner on upholstered items as well as carpets and rugs. Be sure to test for colourfastness before applying steam cleaners to any fabrics (check tags for directions).
● Turn cushions over regularly so that they wear evenly; rotate them occasionally if uneven wear is apparent when you turn them over.
Now that you know how to care for your upholstered furniture, it’s time to get started! Remember to use the right kind of cleaner and vacuum attachment for the job. With these tips in mind, you can keep your upholstery looking beautiful for years to come. We have many years of experience in everything to do with furniture so if you have any questions please do call in and see us!