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Best Ways to Keep Upholstered Furniture Fresh and Clean

Best Ways to Keep Upholstered Furniture Fresh and Clean

Getting the new year off to a fresh start is important, especially for your furniture. Often the most used items in our home are overlooked for months at a time. It’s time to give the sofa and recliner the deep clean it deserves. You should deep-clean upholstered furniture every year or two, depending on the use, color, and pattern. Commercial cleaning, do-it-yourself cleaning, and foam cleaners all work, but first let’s talk about fabric.

Cotton fabrics are commonly used for upholstery, however their durability depends on the weave and finish. If a cotton fabric has been pre-washed then it should be fine to clean with soap and water, however, it is always wise to check the manufacturer's recommended cleaning method.

Microfibers resist most stains and can easily be cleaned with soap and water. This fabric is a good choice for households with children. Leather furniture should be gently vacuumed and damp wiped as needed, using as little water as possible. Clean with leather conditioner or saddle soap, buffing thoroughly to remove residue. Suede can be vacuumed with a soft brush attachment. Use only made-for-suede leather cleaners. Remove small spots with art gum erasers, and never clean with water.

Now, a word about linen. This fabric is best suited for formal living rooms or adult areas. Soiled pieces have to be professionally cleaned, so keep that in mind before buying a family room full of linen upholstered furniture.

Maintaining Clean Furniture

Frequent vacuuming is the best way to clean and maintain upholstery. Vacuuming helps prevent dust, dirt, and stains from embedding in the fibers of upholstered pieces and keeps them looking new.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Use the soft brush attachment on the vacuum, and be sure to keep it clean and free of oily residue. Read and carefully follow the furniture manufacturer's and cleaner label directions before applying any product to upholstery.

If your fabric was treated at the time of manufacture or purchase (with a finish such as Teflon or Scotchgard), it is important that you use compatible products whenever cleaning the piece.

Spot Cleaning

Spills are inevitable, especially when there are children or pets in the house. Look at furniture labels for care instructions and follow thoroughly.

Always test your cleaning method first on an inconspicuous spot. If a ring remains around the stain after cleaning, you'll need to deep clean the entire cushion or chair. Gently blot spills, don't rub, as quickly as possible with a white towel or paper towel. Don't use colored towels or printed paper towels because they may transfer dye or ink to the upholstery.

If you follow these guidelines, your furniture will last for decades to come. If you put in the time, effort, and love, your furniture will love you back!
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