Friday, 30 August 2013

Caring for Upholstered Furniture

Proper cleaning, care, and maintenance of your upholstery will allow it to look its best for a very long time. It pays to be consistent with your upholstery, and this is not difficult to do. Below are a few tips you need to keep in mind regarding upholstery care.

Cleaning spills

In the event of a spill, the first thing to do is blot the affected area immediately with paper towels. Keep doing this until much of the liquid has been removed. You can use a hair dryer or other heating materials to dry up the spill, but be aware that this can cause shrinkage or make the stains permanent. Afterward, stop and consider whether the damage wrought is acceptable or not. If in doubt, consult an upholstery cleaner for further treatment.

Turn the cushions

You can contribute to your upholstered furniture's longevity by turning over loose cushions. This allows for the even distribution of wear and tear. Plus, it prevents your cushions from developing indentations too quickly. Fluffing them after you've cleaned them also helps retain their shape.

Vacuuming the upholstery

Vacuum your upholstered furniture once a week. This will prevent accumulated dirt to become embedded in the fibers. You can also use a brush to comb the dirt away, just make sure to always use a soft-bristled brush, and brush gently so you don't create snags in the fabric.