New upholstered furniture can be very expensive. Considering people, and sometimes pets, sit on furniture it’s no wonder furniture gets dirty. Even simple aged furniture can benefit from a good cleaning. Most often, once people have their furniture professionally cleaned, they are amazed at how incredible it looks!
Having your furniture professionally cleaned saves you time and money. Here are some tips on how to preserve your upholstery in between cleanings:
KNOW YOUR FABRICS
Synthetic fibers (polyester, etc) are fairly easy to clean without ruining the color or fabric. If however, your cushions use more than 50% cotton or if they use Haitian Cotton, you should have them professionally cleaned. Certain fabrics require special attention to clean and are easily ruined using the wrong product.
USE FABRIC PROTECTION
This helps with maintenance and care. Always clean spills or stains in a timely manner. Follow manufacturers’ instructions for proper care.
TURN THE CUSHIONS
Change the cushions around from one part to the other in addition to turning them over. Some cushions get more usage than others.
Do this weekly for general cleaning. This will aid in removing surface dust and dirt.
AVOID SUNLIGHT & POLLUTANTS
Too much sun causes fabric to fade. Also, proper ventilation can help your fabrics from absorbing airborne pollutants.
CALL A PROFESSIONAL
It is best to have a professional clean your upholstered furniture once every couple of years. Experts recommend having this done rather than wait for your furniture to get visibly dirty. The dirtier your fabric becomes, the harder it is to restore it to its original glory!