TIPS TO CARE FOR YOUR UPHOLSTERY
You’ve already bought amazing upholstered furniture, and now you are wondering what’s next. You need to know how to take good care of your upholstered furniture to keep it looking great for a long time. The good news is that it is not only easy to protect your furniture, but it also takes less time.
FLIP UPHOLSTERY CUSHIONS
Cushions are made of soft materials. Therefore, they require regular fluffing to remain in good shape and continue to provide comfort. This is easy to do, just punch, prod and poke the cushions. It is recommended to do this once in two weeks. You should flip the seat and back cushions. Firmer cushions require less fluffing compared to squishy ones.
Not only will fluffing refresh the shape of the cushions but it will also make them wear evenly. Besides, it’s therapeutic. When you are frustrated, just punch the cushions, and you’ll be doing yourself and your cushions a favor. People usually prefer some seats more than others. Therefore, some get used a lot compared to the rest. This is why besides fluffing your upholstered cushions, you should switch them up too. The cushions will then get used evenly.
CLEAN SPILLS ASAP
You need to protect the fabric of your upholstered furniture, and the best way to do this is to clean spills immediately they happen. Manufacturers perform various activities on furniture to make sure that it does not get damaged easily. That is why they treat the furniture with water or soil repellants, they put mildew inhibitors in the carpet and some extra fabric protectors.
Although this slows down the rate at which the upholstered fibers absorb spills, it does not mean that you should take your time to clean the spills. Cleaning the spills on the furniture will further reduce their chances of getting absorbed into the upholstered furniture.
You cannot expect your upholstered furniture to remain clean if you don’t vacuum. You can do this once a week as you carry out your general cleaning. This will get rid of surface soil and make it difficult for dirt to get into the furniture fibers. A brush can do a good job of gently whisking away the dirt, and a soft bristled one is recommended to avoid snagging the fabric.
KEEP AWAY FROM CONSTANT SUNLIGHT
It is not recommended to expose your upholstered furniture to a lot of sunlight and pollutants to avoid damaging the fabric. When the fabric gets damaged, it will make the furniture to fade and fray. This tip is particularly crucial for delicate fabrics such as silk. Airborne pollutants also have the power to damage your furniture fabric, and examples of these include smoke and fumes from cooking. You can avoid this by having proper ventilation in the house. This will also control odor because upholstered furniture has a huge capacity for absorbing odors.
HIRE PROFESSIONAL UPHOLSTERY CLEANERS
As important as it is to clean your upholstered furniture regularly, you will need to hire a professional upholstery cleaner once in a while. It is advisable to do this after every couple of years. Do not wait until your furniture becomes visibly dirty to call a professional because the messier it is, the more difficult it will be to bring back its original look and feel.
Arevalo Bros Chem-Dry in Chicago offers deep upholstery cleaning to remove bacteria, dirt and allergens from furniture in your home. Call (708) 795-5932 today!