As nice as it would be for your new furniture to take care of itself, it won’t which is why it’s so important for you to actively maintain it. With proper care, your upholstered pieces can look great for several years, which will make your purchase worthwhile. Let’s talk about how you can keep your upholstered furniture looking its best.
Keeping it Clean
One of the first things to do when you get new furniture is to read the care instructions. Basic knowledge of how your fabric should be cleaned will come in handy when there are nasty spills to take care of. Improperly cleaning it could cause a lot of damage, so taking the time to read up on it will be worth it. If you happen to be purchasing new furniture, ask about any fabric protection that may be available before it leaves the warehouse.
This leads into the second big thing, which is to clean up spills immediately. If a spill is left untreated, it will turn into a stain. Dried stains are much more difficult to clean than a spill that just occurred.
When it comes to regular maintenance, vacuuming is pretty high on the list. Just like everything else in the house, furniture collects dust. Vacuuming regularly keeps the dust from setting in deep.
Two other things to remember are the words flip and fluff. As a general rule, you should flip your upholstered cushions about every two weeks. This will help maintain their shape and ensure even wear. If your cushions are attached, check for a zipper, which will allow you to pull the cushion innards. On a sofa, the center cushion doesn’t get as much use as the end cushions. If your cushions are the same shape, be sure to rotate them around as well, not just flip them.
Fluffing your cushions will help them remain comfortable and in shape. Give them a good punch and prod, like you would do to bed pillows that have gone flat. Firmer cushions usually don’t require as much fluffing as squishy ones do, but both kinds should be fluffed every few days. Fluffing doesn’t take but a few minutes of your time, so it’s easy to do regularly.
One last tip is to keep upholstered pieces you love away from direct sunlight. Ultraviolet rays can be extremely destructive to fabric. If you have to keep your pieces near a window, try to tilt the blinds or draw the curtains during the heat of the day.
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