Because of the variations of fabrics and manufactures, it often takes a professional upholstery cleaner to identify the best cleaning methods for your furnishings.
That said, proper day to day care will helpextend the useful life of your upholstery
Tips on upolstery care
- Vacuum at least once a week to remove grit. Gritand dirt can cause abrasion, be sure to vacuum the top surfaces as often aspossible.
- Aggressive brushing can damage some fabrics buta soft-bristled vacuum cleaner dusting brush, or the small upholstery/curtaintool supplied with most vacuum cleaners should be OK.
- Reverse the cushions each week after vacuuming. Rearrange the furnitureoccasionally can help to even out wear of the cushions, as there are often favoredlocations within a room for such activities as watching television, readingetc. This will similarly affect carpet wear.
Get to know FabricThe first and foremost task of upholstery cleaning is getting to know about the fabric. This information can be gotten from the manufacturer.
Cushionsand pillows filled with down or similar cushioning material should be hand-fluffedand reversed regularly to retain their original softness and resiliency.
Avoid over-exposure to strong daylight - Ultra-violet light can bleach at analarming rate and can also cause degeneration of some fibers. Thoughatmospheric pollution can cause thesame damage, sunlight is more easilyavoided.
Pets and small children can damage and accelerate wear, as can metal zips andstuds on clothing. 'Dry crocking' is the professionals name for the transfer ofdyes between fabrics. New denim can transfer a lot of indigo dye and on light-coloredfabrics the result can be hard to rectify.
Much harm can be done by 'supermarket wonder cleaners'. Generally the bestadvice is to blot spills as soon as possible and apply a clean white towel orsimilar, folded into a pad and placed in close contact with the spot to drawthe spillage from the fabric and padding
Fabricprotectors will help hold liquid spills on the surface for a while, giving youmore time to react, but do not think of them as armor-plating - they are toooften over-sold, but nevertheless worthwhile.
Finally, care of your furniture should be an on-going process - not justsomething that happens for the first month or so, do not wait till a cleaningbecomes a full restoration process before calling in a professional .