Maintaining and cleaning your furniture will help you combat the effects of everyday wear and tear as well as the occasional spills and stains that are impossible to avoid. Extend the longevity of your furniture and keep it looking clean and fresh with these helpful tips.
- Dust your furniture regularly to cut down on the amount of dust and dirt that can build up on your furniture’s surface. While it might not appear as a thin film the same way it does on hard-surfaced furniture, dust and dirt can still settle on your upholstered furniture. Use vacuum attachments and soft-bristle brushes to remove most of the surface dust and dirt from your couches, arm chairs, and ottomans. If you have down cushions without ticking – a liner that keeps the down from coming through –gently dust them with a soft brush to avoid sucking up down through a vacuum.
- No stains on the couch! Keep items that are likely to stain your furniture, such as newspapers, wine, coffee, pets, and juice, off of your sofas, chairs, and love seats.
- Cover up your valuable furniture with matching covers or throws to protect them from pet hair, skin oils, and potential stains.
- When a spill or accident does occur, treat the stain quickly to offset it from setting in and becoming permanent. Blot up excess liquid with a clean, white absorbent cloth. Apply gentle pressure – too much could push the stain further into the fabric, or worse yet, into the furniture’s filling. Repeat until the cloth comes off of the stain clean and dry.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for regular maintenance and stain removal to avoid further damage or discoloration. Check your furniture’s tags to determine which cleaning method is recommended for best results.
- When performing a thorough cleaning or dusting, make sure you treat the entire piece of furniture – cushions and all – to prevent uneven fading, wearing, or discoloration.
- Another way to avoid uneven fading, wearing, or discoloration is to rotate your cushions weekly. Flipping and fluffing the cushions will also help you prevent sagging and sinking cushions.
- Furniture should be cleaned professionally at least once a year, much like carpets and valuable area rugs, to help keep it maintained. Houses with high traffic, pets, people with allergen sensitivities, or anyone who smokes indoors, should consider having upholstery cleaned professionally more frequently.
- To further extend the longevity and appearance of your furniture, keep pieces at least 10 feet away from vents and fireplaces to avoid hardening and cracking – especially for leather- and vinyl-covered furniture. It is also important to keep furniture out of direct sunlight, which can rapidly cause discoloration and fading.
- If you choose to use store-bought upholstery cleaner, choose one that is recommended for your furniture’s type of fabric. Follow the instructions on the product. Some products must set in before they are removed; others need to dry into a powder before being vacuumed. It is a good idea to test the cleaner on an inconspicuous section of the fabric to determine if it will harm or discolor the fabric.