Tips for Upholstery Care
Caring and cleaning upholstery should be part of the household cleaning checklist. This should include keeping couches, sofa’s and chairs. Vacuum the upholstery at least once a week in order to remove the surface dirt that can get caught in the fibers. Vacuuming is especially important when there are pets in the home. The hair that they shed can easily get caught in the upholstered furniture. If the material of the furniture is too delicate for vacuuming, use a soft brush get rid of the dust and dirt.
Turn over the cushions once in a while to keep them plump and extend their life spans. They tend to last longer because it evens out the wear and tear of the upholstery and lessen the risk of indentations. Fluff the cushions everyday to help them keep their shapes.
Cleaning upholstery is an easier task to accomplish when they are kept away from open windows. That way, the dirt from the outside does not float and settle to its surface. Doing this also has the added benefit of keeping the furniture out of direct sunlight.
When fabric is kept under the sun, there is a tendency for the prints to fade. Another little known fact in keeping upholstered furniture clean is to increase the ventilation of the room. Pollutants such as smoke or cooking fumes can harm the fabric.
If the upholstered furniture needs to be stored, drape sheets over larger ones to prevent dust from gathering on the surface. For cushions, store them in plastic bags to keep out the moisture.
Choose chairs that have removable and machine washable covers to make cleaning easier. Do not allow shoes on the couch nor people to eat in places other than the table. Pets such as dogs and cat should also be trained not to jump up chairs and coaches. These rules may seem strict but they are necessary to keep the home clean. Upholstered furniture is a lot easier to protect than they are to remedy when they become stained.
The use of fabric protector can also do wonders into having clean upholstery. It makes the removal of a stains becomes much easier when there is already a first line of defense. Test out the product in a small, unseen portion of the furniture to make sure that the fabric takes to the fabric protector well.
For stains, blot up the liquid with a clean towel and use a spot cleaner to get rid of it. It is important not to rub the fabric because this can cause tears to happen in the fibers leading to a worn look. In addition to this, rubbing may draw the stain deeper into the fabric and make the stain worse.