Upholstery Care: How to Clean and Maintain Your Upholstered Furniture

February 16, 2021 12:11 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When you find the perfect piece of upholstered furniture for your home, naturally you’ll want to keep it looking great for years to come. Upholstery can last decades as long as you take care of it properly. What’s more, cleaning and maintaining upholstered furniture isn’t hard as long as you know what to do.

Here are our best care tips for upholstery in Hilo, HI.

Before you buy your furniture

When you’re getting ready to buy upholstered furniture, it pays to do your research. Choosing the right type of fabric is important—depending on what kind of furniture you’re buying and how you plan to use it, it can make a big difference in how long it lasts. If you plan to buy a piece that will get a lot of use, like a couch or recliner, consider a synthetic fabric. They can stand up to more wear and tear than many natural fabrics.

If you have pets who are allowed on the furniture, opt for a fabric with little texture and a tight weave. It’s less likely to get caught on claws or nails.

After you buy

Here’s how to care for your upholstered furniture once you’ve brought it home:

  • Protect the fabric: Good quality upholstered fabric is usually treated by the manufacturer. This can help repel stains and avoid ground-in dirt. However, you’ll still need to protect the fabric by dealing with any stains and spills right away. You might also add additional stain, mold and mildew repellents. Ask your furniture dealer for their recommendations.
  • Turn the cushions regularly: This is a simple fix that can really pay off: rotate your cushions regularly to avoid wearing a dent (or stains) into certain cushions rather than others. Distributing the wear and tear will make a big difference in how your upholstered furniture ages.
  • Avoid sunlight: Sunlight can fade your upholstered furniture. In extreme cases, it might even fray. If your furniture includes delicate fabrics like silk, it’s best to keep it completely out of the sunlight. Otherwise, using blinds or curtains to protect the fabric will help keep your furniture looking great longer.
  • Spot clean when necessary: As soon as you notice a spill or stain, spot clean it with upholstery cleaner right away. Blot the stains with a clean, dry cloth first—that might be enough to remove the stain.
  • Vacuum regularly: A little vacuuming goes a long way. Run your vacuum cleaner hose and brush attachment over the fabric to remove surface dirt and soil. Fluff the cushions afterwards to make them more comfortable.
  • Get professional cleaning: Finally, be sure to have your upholstered furniture professionally cleaned every year or two. It can make a big difference—and will remove any set-in stains and smells that you can’t get rid of on your own.

For help choosing the right upholstered furniture for your home or business, stop by Yamada Furniture today. We’ll be happy to give you further upholstery care tips in Hilo, HI when you pick a specific piece.

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