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How to clean and care for upholstered furniture

28 May

How to clean and care for upholstered furniture

If you want your upholstery furniture to look its best for a long time, you should know how to properly clean and care for it.  Careful and regular maintenance is the key to prolonging the life and retaining the appearance of your upholstery. It’s not hard to care for your upholstered furniture.

First of all, it’s very important to choose the right fabric. The fabric you choose should be appropriate for the upholstered furniture and your lifestyle, of course. You should protect your fabric if you want it to look good as long as possible. A prompt attention to spills is required. The fabric protectors should be applied to your upholstered furniture in the factory, store or at home. These protectors will create a barrier to help keep stains becoming immersed in the fabric of your upholstery. But don’t forget that you should clean up any spills or stains as soon as they occur. Blot any spills immediately with a clean towel. Blot gently, never rub. Before using any commercial products for spot cleaning test them in an inconspicuous area. Also always follow manufacturers’ instructions for proper cleaning, care and maintenance methods.

Turning over the loose cushions is also a good method of extending your upholstered furniture’s life. Fluff the cushions periodically and especially after you’ve cleaned.

To prevent dirt from becoming embedded into the fibers, vacuum your upholstered furniture regularly. You can also choose to use a brush to clean the upholstery. But be careful when choosing the brush. Make sure that your brush doesn’t snag the fabric.

Position your upholstery furniture so that it doesn’t sit in the sun. Too much of sun may damage the fabric. Also try to avoid pollutants such as smoke or fumes from cooking. As upholstered furniture easily absorbs odors proper ventilation is a need.

Clean your upholstery regularly. The dirtier your upholstery becomes, the harder it is to restore its original appearance.

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