Upholstery Tips

General Upholstery Care Guidelines

Follow the simple guidelines below to keep all your upholstered living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture looking like new. Always follow the manufactures cleaning recommendation (cleaning codes), and then pretest any of the remedies listed below in an inconspicuous area before using them.

• To avoid fading, keep upholstered home furniture away from direct sunlight.

• Vacuum upholstered furniture as often as possible. Even if your home furniture has seen little use, the abrasive action of dirt and dust particles can wear the fibers of your upholstery fabric. For high-use furniture, it’s a good idea to frequently beat the cushions and then vacuum and rotate them.

• Damp-dust arms and headrest areas with a cleaning solution to prevent body oil accumulation on the upholstery fabric (be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation as to the type of upholstery cleaning solution to use.

• Avoid placing newspapers directly on home furniture upholstery fabric, since ink will accumulate and is difficult to remove.

• Never cover your upholstered home furniture with dark-colored blankets, sheets, etc., because the dyes can rub off onto fabric when dry or bleed when wet.

• Avoid the use of dyes, paints, inks, nail polishes, and Mercurochrome around your upholstery fabric, since these substances alter color and will stain.

• Never remove cushion covers for dry cleaning or machine washing, even though they have zippers.

• Periodic professional cleaning will keep soil accumulation from marring the beauty of the upholstery of your home living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture.

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