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Top 10 Upholstery Care Tips    by David Marryatt

 Your sofas and other upholstered furniture have specific maintenance and care requirements, some of which you may not be familiar with. Here's our upholstery care top 10:

1. Avoid fabric sun damage such as color fading and weakened fibers by positioning upholstered furniture away from south facing windows, out of direct sunlight.

2. Vacuum upholstered furniture frequently and thoroughly. Even your furniture in formal sitting areas that see little use, accumulating dust particles can damage the fibers of your upholstery fabric over time.

3. "Damp dust" head rest areas, arm rests, and all horizontal surfaces after vacuuming to remove any surface soiling that was not removed by vacuuming. Body oils that accumulate in the fabric will attract and hold soils that could otherwise be vacuumed away. Dampen a white cotton terry towel in a solution of 1 cup warm water with ¼ teaspoon of liquid castile soap for an eco-friendly fabric cleaner. Ring the towel dry as possible then wipe furniture with damp cloth. Note: Always pre-test in an inconspicuous area first and follow the cleaning code recommended for your fabric type.

4. Share the wear! Rotate the cushions around if possible.

5. Avoid contact with newspapers on upholstery fabric as the newsprint can transfer to the fabric. If allowed to accumulate it can be very difficult to remove.

6. Avoid using dark colored blankets and throw cushions on light colored fabrics. The dyes can transfer to the fabric even when dry. The dyes in blue jeans and other dark colored clothing can also transfer to upholstery fabrics causing permanent discoloration.

7. Upholstery fabrics are delicate and often aggressive cleaning methods cannot be used safely. It is good practice to keep all substances that have the ability to cause permanent stains away from your upholstery fabrics whenever possible. Paint, ink, nail polish, beverages with artificial colors like Kool-aid and orange soda, etc.

8. The zippers are there for the convenience of the upholsterer. They are not a sign that it is safe to remove for dry cleaning or machine washing. Always consult an upholstery professional before attempting upholstery cleaning at home.

9. Do not wait until upholstery fabrics are visibly soiled before getting professional service. By then it's often too late for a routine cleaning and restorative methods may be required. These methods are more costly, come with more risks, and cleaning results may be limited.

10. Regular professional cleaning every two years or so will keep your upholstery clean and looking beautiful for many years.

11. (bonus) Have your upholstery fabrics treated with a high quality fabric protector when they are new, and again after each cleaning. They really do work! Keeping fabrics cleaner longer, preventing permanent stains, making spot cleaning easier, and extending the life of your upholstered furniture by years.














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