Fabric protection tips 1.
The best thing about maintaining upholstered furniture? It is easy to do it, and it does not take much time. The result? You get to have a great looking sofa year after year. Follow our series of two about fabric protection tips.
Choose the Right Fabric
Give yourself an advantage when you buy right. Choose the right fabric for the right place and you make your upholstery maintenance task easier. Not only that, but choosing fabric that is appropriate for your lifestyle and the upholstered piece can extend the furniture’s life.
For example, synthetic fibres are a better choice for upholstered furniture that sits in areas of heavy usage. If you have pets, choose fabrics that do not have loose weaves or too much texture.
Protect Your Fabric
The best form of fabric protection is prompt attention to spills. A lot of work is done for you when the upholstery fabric undergoes the finishing process at the factory. where it is usually treated with soil and/or water repellents. Some form of mildew inhibitors may also be used. Additional fabric protectors may also be applied to your upholstered furniture in the store or at home.
While this helps with maintenance and care by keeping spills from being absorbed into the upholstery fibres right away, it is not a substitute for prompt cleaning of a soiled piece. Don’t let it give you a false sense of security. Always clean up any spills or stains in a timely manner, and follow manufacturer’s instructions for proper care methods.
Turn the Cushions
You can extend your upholstered furniture’s life by periodically turning over the loose cushions. What can be simpler? Yet this easy maintenance method allows for an even distribution of wear and tear and your cushions won’t develop indentations right away. Caring for cushions by fluffing them after you’ve cleaned also helps keep them in shape.
Change the cushions around from one part to the other in addition to turning them over. Some seats get more usage than others, so changing cushions around will ensure even usage.
Call a Professional
It is best to have a professional clean your upholstered furniture every couple of years or so. Experts recommend having this done on a regular basis and not wait for it to get visibly dirty. The dirtier a sofa or chair becomes, the harder it is to restore to its original glory.
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