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How to maintain Upholstered Furniture

Upholstery is the major part of your interior. So, if you truly wish to maintain your interior, you need to take care of your upholstery. The best thing about maintaining upholstered furniture is that it is easy to do, and doesn’t take much of your effort. And as a result, you get to have beautiful and great-looking furniture year after year.

I hereby present you a few tips on how to have well-maintained furniture that lives for ages.

Choose the right fabric

Choosing right fabric for right place helps make upholstery maintenance easier. Not just that, but choosing the fabric that is appropriate for your lifestyle and the upholstered piece can extend the life of your furniture. You can look for the fabric durability, style, and color for the purpose of selecting right fabric for your furniture. For example, in a high traffic area, synthetic fibers are a better choice. Similarly, if you have pets, use the fabrics that don’t have loose weaves or too much texture. This way, you can easily give yourself an advantage of easier maintenance.

Protect your fabric

Upholstery fabric undergoes various processes, where it is treated with soil and/or water repellents. Some form of mildew inhibitors may also be used. This helps keep spills from being absorbed into the fibers right away, and thus ensures proper care of your furniture. However,don’t let this give you a false sense of security. You must always give prompt attention to spills to protect your fabric. Clean up any spills or stains in a timely manner for proper care of your upholstery.

Turn the cushions

Turning the loose cushions periodically ensures for an even distribution of wear and tear and helps extend your upholstered furniture’s life. What can be simpler? This easy maintenance tip prevents your cushions from developing indentations right away. Fluffing the cushions after you’ve cleaned also helps keep them in shape. Few seats are used more than others, so changing cushions around from one part to another, in addition to turning helps ensure even usage and extends the life of your furniture.

Vacuum and clean

You need to vacuum your upholstered furniture weeklyfor general cleaning. This helps remove surface soil and prevent dirt from becoming embedded into the fibers. Instead, you can also use a brush to gently whisk the dirt away. Make sure you use a soft bristled brush to ensure that the fabric is not snagged.

Spot clean

While regular vacuuming and cleaning helps maintain your upholstery, you may require to spot clean your upholstery as soon as it meets an accident. Do not rub the spills, but gently blot them with clean folded towel. If the fabric has been pre-treated with the fabric protector, blotting is enough to get rid of the stains. Do not forget to check the manufacturer’s instruction before you spot clean, and always use a mild cleansing product. Apply the product with a soft brush in a circular motion to work into the fibers, then vacuum when dry.

Try to avoid sunlight and pollutants

Position your furniture in a place where it doesn’t come in contact with the sun for an extended period of time.  Too much exposure to sun can damage your upholstery fabric, causing it to fade and fray. Similarly, the airborne pollutants like fumes from cooking or smoke can also cause harm to your fabric. If the fumes and smokes are unavoidable, then proper ventilation works against their odors.

Hire a professional

It is best to have your upholstered furniture cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. Experts recommend having the professional cleaning done every couple of years or so. The dirtier your furniture is, the harder it becomes to restore it to its original glory.

So, if you wish to ensure that your furniture has a long life, clean and maintain them properly. Consider the above mentioned tips and you will be able to deal with the problems easily. If you are about to reupholster your furniture, contact a reliable upholstery service provider.

3 thoughts on “How to maintain Upholstered Furniture

  1. I agree that hiring a professional to help you keep upholstery clean can be the best option. I understand that sometimes we can damage our items because we don’t always know how to properly care for them. I would want to make sure I hire someone that helps me take care of my items and gives me tips on how to keep them looking great. Thank you for the tips.

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