How to Extend the Life of Your Upholstered Furniture

May 12, 2020 5:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Your furniture, especially the furniture in your living room and family room, will get a whole lot of love over the years, meaning you can expect plenty of wear and tear to the upholstery. Kids will play on it, pets will jump on it and you can be certain that at some point there will be food or drink spilled on it.

Knowing this, it’s important for you to take every step you can to protect your upholstered furniture in Hilo, HI and extend the life of the upholstery so you don’t have to spend money on new items sooner than you’d hoped or budgeted for.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the steps you can take to keep your furniture in good condition:

  • Use slipcovers: Slipcovers for recliner seats and sofas are one reliable, effective method of protecting your furniture from damage over a long period of time. The covers themselves rather than the actual upholstery will take the brunt of the wear and tear, and they’re particularly effective for protecting against pet damage and spills. You can easily remove those slipcovers if you have guests or if you want to clean the covers in your washing machine, which is much easier than actually cleaning the upholstery.
  • Vacuum the upholstery: Upholstery should be regularly vacuumed, which will help to extend its life. No matter what kind of material the upholstery is, weekly vacuuming offers some excellent protection and maintenance. Before vacuuming, use lint rollers to remove pet hair and any other loose debris. You should also be sure to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen to avoid permanent stains and damage, and then vacuum immediately after taking any necessary spill remediation steps.
  • Protect the leg supports: You probably pay more attention to the main parts of your furniture (the seats and back supports) than you do to the legs, but it’s important to consider the steps you can take to protect those parts as well. The legs bear a lot of weight, especially when there are multiple people sitting on the furniture. They also get a lot of pressure put on them when you move the furniture for cleaning. It’s a good idea to place floor protectors or furniture movers under items you want to be able to move so there’s less friction and pressure, or to use floor items that keep your furniture in one place if you don’t want it to move around.
  • Ensure proper placement: Proper placement of your furniture can make a difference in how long you can expect it to last. For example, you should avoid leaving upholstered furniture in direct sunlight, as the UV radiation from the sun’s rays can cause that upholstery to fade and break down faster than it otherwise might. If possible, use window tinting to block UV radiation so you don’t have to worry as much about the effects of sunlight on your furniture.

For more information about how to protect your upholstered furniture in Hilo, HI, contact the team at Yamada Furniture today.

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