The ABCs of Upholstery Care
Upholstered furniture is a fantastic
addition to any home, but it can quickly look dull and lifeless unless
properly maintained. For this reason, consider the ABCs of upholstery
care to keep your upholstered pieces looking fresh and new.
A – Act Quickly
When it comes to removing stains or spills, be
sure to act quickly. Allowing a stain to set for a few hours (or even days) is
the worst thing you can do since stains are much more difficult to remove once
they are trapped within the fibers of the upholstery material.
If you happen to experience a spill or stain,
immediately blot the area with a dry cloth. When the cloth is no longer picking
up any liquid, begin the removal process. If your upholstered fabric is
protected against stains, then the majority of potentially disastrous stains can
be wiped away quickly and easily.
However, you may need to use stain removal
products for those especially tough stains. Be sure to use products that will
not remove dyes from the upholstery fabric and keep the area as dry as possible,
since wet fibers can stretch and warp.
B – Bring in Professionals
Whether your furniture needs a proper cleaning or
you have experienced a particularly difficult stain, consider brining in
professional help for your upholstered furniture.
When choosing a professional cleaner, be sure that
the company does not use tetrachloride-based products, as they could damage the
integrity of the fabric.
Also, search for a cleaner that does not use wet
methods of cleaning upholstery, since wet cleaning can damage the upholstery
fabric or the filler inside your cushions.
C – Clean Regularly
A regular cleaning to remove dust from your
upholstery fabric is essential in keeping your furniture looking great. Gently
dust the surface of your furniture at least once a month.
In addition to removing any dusts and other
allergens, this cleaning will maintain the quality of the fabric fibers. By
cleaning your upholstery fabric on a regular basis, you are eliminating
potential problems caused by lack of proper maintenance.
This especially includes the head and arm rests of
upholstered furniture, as body oils can be transferred from the skin and hair
into the fibers of the fabric.
D – Dry is Best
Instead of cleaning your upholstered items with
wet cleansers, stick to dry ones. Wetting your fabric’s fibers can cause them to
stretch or break, while wet filling can mold, mildew, or rot.
Whenever cleaning your upholstery items at home,
stick to dry solutions and be sure to hire only professional cleaners with dry
solutions as well.