Upholstered furniture is often subjected to heavy use and can show soiling and stains very quickly. Keeping it clean throughout its eventful life can be challenging and you will need to develop a thorough care routine if you want to maintain its appearance.
A good upholstery maintenance programme should include both regular self-maintenance and periodic (at least once every two years) professional cleaning.
SO… WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP MAINTAIN YOUR UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE YOURSELF?
1. Keep upholstery away from direct sunlight to avoid fading.
2. Place furniture at least 10 feet away from vents a
nd fireplaces to avoid hardening and cracking, especially in the case of leather and vinyl-covered items.
3. Rotate your upholstery cushions weekly.
4. Vacuum regularly using a soft upholstery brush attachment. Even if your furniture is not used often, dirt and dust particles can still cause wear on fabrics.
5. Consider adding protective coverings to the arms and back of your upholstery, or covering your items with light coloured throws (never use dark colours as the dyes may rub off onto the fabric when dry, or bleed when wet). Ensure these loose coverings are washed frequently.
6. Do not machine wash removable upholstery cushion covers, as this can result in a colour difference between them and the covering on the furniture’s frame as well as shrinkage and loss of texture and ‘feel’ of the fabric.
7. Avoid using dyes, paints, inks, nail polishes, etc. around your upholstered items.
8. Do not leave newspapers on upho:
lstered furniture as ink may be transferred onto the fabric.
9. If eating, place your food on a tray to avoid spillages.
10. Have an upholstery fabric protection treatment professionally applied. A protective treatment will allow you time to deal with a spillage before it becomes a stain.
11. If a spillage occurs, act quickly! Very carefully scrape up solids, and blot up liquids using white absorbent cloth or towelling (never use coloured cloth/towelling as the dyes may transfer onto the fabric). When blotting, apply gentle pressure – too much can push the stain further into the fabric. Call a professional upholstery cleaning service to help you remove any residual staining as soon as possible.
GETTING YOUR UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED
Even furniture that has been diligently conserved will still need regular cleaning. Like carpets and rugs, furniture should be cleaned professionally at least once every two years to remove the deep down soiling and grit which is a major cause of wear and tear.