Maintenance of Loose Upholstery Cushions
You can extend your upholstered furniture’s life by periodically turning over the loose cushions. What can be simpler? This easy maintenance method allows for an even distribution of wear and tear, and your cushions won’t develop indentations right away. Caring for cushions by fluffing them after you’ve cleaned also helps keep them in shape.
Change the cushions around from one part to the other in addition to turning them over. Some seats get more usage than others, so changing cushions around will ensure even wear.
Vacuum your upholstered furniture weekly for general cleaning and to remove surface soil. This also prevents dirt from becoming embedded into the fibers.
You can also use a brush to gently whisk the dirt away. Make sure to always use a soft-bristle brush so that you don’t snag the fabric.
Always follow fabric content guidelines. We all know, accidents will happen. Blot any spills immediately with a clean, folded towel: never rub, but blot gently.
Always test first in an inconspicuous area before you use any product for spot cleaning, and check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if you need a water-based or solvent-based cleaner. It is best to use a mild cleaning product. Apply with a soft brush in a circular motion to work into the fibers, then vacuum when dry.
Avoid Sunlight and Pollutants
Too much sun can damage your upholstery fabric, causing it to fade and even fray. Try to position it so that it doesn’t sit in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. This is especially true for silks or other delicate fabrics.
Airborne pollutants such as fumes from cooking or smoke can also harm your fabric. Having proper ventilation can help and will help with odor control. Upholstered furniture can easily absorb odors.
Call a Professional
It is best to have a professional clean your upholstered furniture every couple of years or so. Experts recommend having this done on a regular basis and not wait for it to get visibly dirty. The dirtier a sofa or chair becomes, the harder it is to restore it to its original glory.