How to Properly Care for Fabrics
If youâ€™ve had furnishings custom made just for you, or if you're having a piece professional reupholstered, itâ€™s only natural that youâ€™d want to preserve the life for as long as possible. Here are some guidelines on how to enjoy your fine furnishings without a worry for years to come.
- Have your fabric treated prior to use. Ask the retailer if your upholstery fabric comes pretreated with stain repellent. If they are unable to treat it for you, shop around for someone who can. Some fabrics should not be treated, so read labels carefully.
- Rotate seat cushions frequently. Flipping and rotating sofa and chair cushions will help you achieve consistent wear. For best results, rotate them weekly.
- Vacuum. Dust will always be a constant battle, but vacuuming regularly will keep it from settling deep within the fabric. If dirt does settle down deep, read labels to ensure safe cleaning. Not all fabrics must be dry-cleaned. Some can be cleaned with mild soap and water.
- Protect upholstered pieces from the elements. Excessive heat, light, cold and moisture arenâ€™t ideal for upholstered furnishings. Ultraviolet rays can contribute to fading and discoloration of your fabrics and humidity can invite mildew. For more uniform fading, try rearranging your furniture when possible or keep really special pieces away from windows altogether. Avoid placing furniture too close to heating or air conditioning vents. Doing these things, along with keeping the humidity low in the house, will keep your pieces looking fresh.
- Treat it kindly. Furniture is not indestructible. Avoid standing or jumping on furniture. Keep sharp objects away so fabric isnâ€™t scratched or torn. Use arm caps to absorb natural body oils. These are just a few things you can do to prolong your furnitureâ€™s good condition.
- Love your leather. Leather is easily maintained, but it does require proper care. In most cases, leather can be treated with non-acidic soap and water. For best results blot, rather than rub, and then let air-dry. For more stubborn stains, use an absorbent cloth or sponge. Be sure to rub side to side, rather than in a circle.
Some fabric manufacturers follow a cleaning standard, so to speak, marking labels with specific codes in order to make maintenance easier. Here is the list of codes you may see and what they mean.
Code â€œWâ€ means to use a water-based cleaner. Spot clean with detergent and then vacuum when dry. Avoid over-wetting the area.
Code â€œSâ€ means to use a solvent cleaner. Spot clean with a water-free solvent or dry cleaning agent. Always pretest a small section beforehand to ensure it doesnâ€™t spot or shrink. Use in a well-ventilated room.
Code â€œW-Sâ€ means a water-based or solvent cleaner can be used. Follow the guidelines above regarding W and S depending on which form of cleaner you decided to use.
Code â€œXâ€ means vacuum only. These fabrics cannot be cleaned with any cleaning agents. In extreme cases contact a professional furniture cleaning service.
Again, no fabric is 100% damage proof and itâ€™s up to the owner to treat it well. Using the above guidelines can help keep your furniture looking its best.
When you come in to see us at our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx , please ask any associate if you have any additional questions on this!