Caring for your Upholstered Furnitureby Millers Furniture on 2018-09-12 11:09:40
Getting new upholstered furniture can be such an exciting experience. If you’re replacing old furniture, you might notice an instant, dramatic improvement in the way your entire room looks with the new furniture it it. It’s crisp and clean, cushiony and soft, and perhaps more functional than your old furniture. Even if you’re just adding a couple of upholstered pieces to an existing collection, the new pieces probably still make a statement, and they’ll be the ones everyone wants to use.
Wouldn’t it be nice if upholstered furniture could continue looking great for years to come—almost as good as it did the day it came into your home? With some regular care and cleaning, you can keep your furniture looking new and inviting to your family and guests.
Address spills immediately
Unless it’s in a museum, most furniture is meant to be used and enjoyed. Gone are the days when upholstered furniture sat in a home’s parlor and was only used when guests came for a visit. Now, we live on our furniture, whether it’s to enjoy a movie night with family, to spend a quiet evening enjoying a book and a hot cup of tea, or to host a football game viewing party. Sometimes spills just happen, and when they do, they’re seldom cause for panic.
Most people instinctively scrub at stains, thinking the harsh action will more effectively remove them. In reality, scrubbing can cause the stain to move deeper into the fabric, which could make it more difficult or impossible to remove.
Instead, spills should be blotted with a soft white cloth, and instructions should be followed for what type of cleaning agent to use based on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
On the Smith Brothers Furniture we sell, Smith Brothers includes a cleaning code, which can be found on the tag beneath the seat cushions. This cleaning code indicates whether the upholstery can be cleaned with pure petroleum distillate-based solvents only (S), water based cleaning agents or foam only (W), or either (SW).
When cleaning agents are applied to furniture, apply them to a cloth first rather than directly on the furniture. Even when using a cleaning agent within the furniture manufacturer’s recommendations, it’s still a good idea to test the cleaner in an inconspicuous area on the furniture.
For stains that cannot be removed, it’s best to have your furniture professionally dry cleaned. Steam cleaning upholstered furniture is not recommended, as it could potentially damage the fabric or the cushions.
Remove dust regularly
It doesn’t take long for dust to settle into your fabric or onto your leather, and the darker the material, the more noticeable it will be. Even with lighter fabrics, accumulated dust can be irritating to those with allergies. To prevent dust from settling into your furniture, vacuum it every couple of weeks using a soft bristle attachment. For leather, use a soft cloth to remove dust and to buff the leather, or a damp soft cloth to gently remove surface dirt.
Rotate and flip cushions (if possible)
Not every piece of upholstered furniture has cushions that can be removed, but if yours does, try to rotate the cushions—or at least flip them—regularly to prevent uneven wear. This is especially important for sofas to ensure that all the cushions show (and feel) similar wear.
Keep your furniture out of direct sunlight
Although most rooms get some amount of sunlight at certain times of the day or year, it’s important to keep your furniture from sitting in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. If your furniture is in a south or west facing room, that may be unavoidable. In those cases, keeping blinds or curtains closed during the sunniest parts of the day will help protect the vibrancy of your upholstered furniture.
When you purchase upholstered furniture at Miller’s Furniture, it is our hope that you will enjoy your furniture for years to come. We will gladly answer any questions you have about how to properly care for it, whether before or after your purchase.