As well as having your carpets professionally deep-cleaned on a regular basis, it’s important that you look after your upholstery too. Caring for your fabric upholstered furniture correctly will keep it looking good and will also help it to last much longer too. Here are some useful tips on how to look after your fabric upholstered furniture.

  • If something is spilled on your furniture, don’t leave it till later to deal with! The sooner a spill is tackled, the more chance there is that you’ll be able to prevent it from staining the fabric. Always blot the spill, rather than rubbing or scrubbing it. Blotting will lift the substance, whereas scrubbing will spread it.
  • Turn cushions regularly whenever possible in order to minimise wear and tear on one side only.
  • If possible, don’t position your furniture where it can be damaged by direct sunlight. If you do place a chair or sofa right under a window, always close your curtains or blinds on sunny days to protect the fabric from sun damage.
  • Don’t leave printed items such as newspapers on your furniture; the dye can easily be transferred to the fabric.
  • Be very careful if using nail varnish or make-up when you’re sitting on your upholstered furniture. It’s all-too easy to spill cosmetics, and they can be extremely difficult to get out of fabric.
  • Vacuum your furniture at least once a week using the soft brush or upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Remove the cushions so that you can vacuum underneath them; vacuum the cushions themselves, not forgetting the arms, back and underneath of the furniture.

Professional cleaning

It’s recommended that you have your upholstery professionally cleaned every year. This will help the fabric to retain its colour and will also delay the ageing process. It’s a good idea to have a stain protector treatment applied to your furniture at the time you have it cleaned. This can stop spills from penetrating the fabric, thus preventing damage by staining. Bear in mind that the stain protection will wear off between cleans, so you’ll need to have it reapplied at the next professional clean.

In conclusion

Always have your fabric upholstered furniture professionally cleaned annually, and follow the helpful advice given above between cleans to keep your furniture in good condition. In the event of discovering a stubborn stain, don’t hesitate to give your local professional cleaning firm a call for some free advice.