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How to Care for Your Upholstered Furniture
How to Care for Your Upholstered Furniture

There are a multitude of reasons why many people fall in love with their furniture, one of those is that they like the way it looks. However, in order to give it the proper care that can help you keep it looking brand new you do need to know about upholstery care.

Proper upholstery care should always be included in your normal household cleaning chores. For instance, take the time to vacuum your upholstery when you vacuum the floors. You should do this every week, since vacuuming your furniture will help remove any surface soil, while reducing the amount of dirt that can become embedded into the fabric fibers. On the other hand, you can always us a soft bristle brush to sweep away any dirt from your furniture.

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Another thing to keep in mind is that you should turn over your loose cushions from time to time as this can aid in extending the life of your furniture. Your cushions will not develop indentations right away, since this allows an even distribution of wear and tear on your cushions. You should also fluff your cushions to help keep them in good shape. Changing your cushions around from periodically also helps them stay in good shape. Since some seats are used more often than others, changing you cushions will help distribute an even amount of use.

Since too much sunlight can cause your furniture to fry and fade, you should never place it in direct sunlight. Silks are even more delicate.

Remember, airborne pollutants from cooking fumes and smoke is harmful to your fabrics. Proper ventilation can help when it comes to cooking fumes. However, prevention is the best means of keeping your things clean.

Set up some ground rules to reduce dirt and stains from your furniture. Do not allow anyone to eat on your chairs, loveseats or couch. Choose removable and machine washable covers for your dining room chairs with a fabric seat cushion. Do not allow shoes on your couch by making a rule that everyone take off their shoes before sitting on it. Never permit animals on your furniture or even in the same room when you are trying to protect your upholstery.


Never underestimate the power of fabric protectors. When furniture is already protected you might simply remove a stain by blotting it up. If your furniture is not protected, you should act quickly when it concerns stains, by using a clean towel to blot up as much liquid as possible. Rubbing the fabric can cause even more damage. Use a special made spot cleaner for your upholstery. Read all the manufacturer’s directions before using and test the product in an inconspicuous area to make sure that it will not cause damage to your fabrics. Using a soft brush you will gently work the cleaner into the fabric fibers using a circular motion. Vacuum it up after allowing it to dry.

You may consider hiring a professional to come clean your upholstery every few years of so. Remember, once your furniture has overcome with dirt and grime it is much harder to restore it to the appearance of being brand new.