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Upholstery Care, Maintenance and Cleaning Procedures

December 21, 2006 by  
Filed under Bedrooms, Furnishings, Living Room

Leather Sofa Upholstery - photo by Lisa McCartneyThe importance of proper upholstery care and maintenance is of great consequence because furniture costs approximately 15-20% of our home investment. And just like any investments, we need to know how to protect in order to derive the long-term benefit and usability we expect for our money’s worth.

Upholstery Care and Maintenance

In order to add to extend the serviceable life of your upholstery pieces and furniture in general follow these simple steps for their care and maintenance:

Remove dirt and dust by vacuuming or brushing (a soft-bristled brush is recommended) weekly to prevent heavy build up of dirt, especially in the creases and tucks of upholstery.

Rotate, turn and reverse loose cushion pieces weekly to allow even distribution of wear and tear.

Immediately remove and clean smudges or food and cosmetic stains.

Use synthetic fabrics like nylon to cover your upholstery as they highly resistant to wear, heat, and chemicals. Although this may not be advisable for period pieces.

Step-by-Step Upholstery Cleaning

Make sure you know what the appropriate cleaner is for your upholstery fabric. Follow the steps below to effectively clean and maintain your upholstered furniture.

Vacuum or brush your upholstery to loosen and remove dust and loose hair.

Apply the cleaner and brush stained areas firmly.

Let the cleaner set for 60 seconds before wiping clean with a damp cloth or sponge.

While cleaning, always keep your upholstery dry. Direct an electric fan towards the area to be cleaned during and after cleaning to make dry it thoroughly.

Before removing any stain from your upholstered furniture, make sure you identify the exact type of fabric you have. Locate the hangtag or cleaning instruction label to get the manufacturers recommended procedure for the best way to clean and remove stains from your upholstery. These are normally coded as follows:

WS – Use only water-based cleaning agents and foams or mild, water-free dry cleaning solvents.

W – Use only water-based cleaning agents or foams.

S – Use only mild, water-free dry cleaning solvents.

X – Vacuum or brush lightly to remove soil and grime, foam or liquid agents not recommended.

Stain Removal

After the parties, celebrations and the holiday season or if you have children, make it a point to inspect on a regular basis your upholstery for tell-tale spots and stains and make sure to identify them correctly. It is good sense to keep the appropriate cleaner for your upholstery oh hand so you can immediately clean and remove food stains, crayon marks, gum and ink. Always treat the stain first before cleaning. Buy an all-purpose, citrus-based cleaner to break down tough stains. It not only cleans but leaves a fresh scent as well.

Pre-treat stains to test for color fastness in an inconspicuous area, preferably the underside.

Directly spray the cleaning agent on the stain and allow to stand for 30 seconds.

Brush lightly and allow to set for 2 to 4 minutes.

Finish up with a damp sponge or rinse with water; repeat if necessary. Keep in mind to aim an electric fan on the area to be cleaned to keep your upholstery as dry as possible.

For non-washable upholstery, use an effective dry cleaning product. Spray the dirty area and blot immediately from the outside to the center, to avoid the leaving a mark on the clean part of the upholstery.

By following these simple procedures, you can be sure to extend the serviceable life of your valuable upholstered furniture pieces for years to come.

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