Upholstered furniture, either it is a sofa or a chair in your living room, breathe a new life into your living space. Besides providing you with comfort and a stylish look to your living room, adding the right upholstery brings character to your home. Leaning back and unwinding on that perfectly clean, soft, and cozy upholstered piece of furniture becomes part of your daily routine.
The upholstery of your furniture goes through a lot of wear and tear throughout the day. Either it’s the kids jumping, or the pets’ claws, or general food and sweat stains, these daily seemingly minor problems may cause severe damage to your favorite upholstery. You picked that upholstery on your furniture because you liked it, so why not treat it the same way?
The best part about maintaining and keeping your upholstery clean is that it does not require much effort. With just little preventative measures, tips, and tricks, you can keep your upholstery as spick and span as a new one. Here, we will tell you about 7 of the easiest and most effective tricks to keep your upholstery well-maintained and spotless.
Seven tips to keep your upholstery spick and span!
Vacuum and Dust
Make it a habit or a part of your daily routine to vacuum your upholstered furniture. The longer you avoid or delay vacuuming your upholstery, the severe the damage could be. Let’s accept that we cannot stop dust from getting and settling into our houses! Dust settles on everything and every surface of our home, and the big chunk of our home cleaning ritual is to get rid of that dust. The best way to remove dust from your upholstery is to vacuum it regularly. The more we vacuum it, the more dust is prevented from getting deep into your fabric.
Flip and Fluff your cushions
Cushions and throw pillows are what make your couch cozier and warmer. Either they are extra cushions or the back cushions of your sofa, they also need special attention and cleaning. Flipping your upholstered cushions will prevent any uneven damage to the surface and material of the upholstery. Moreover, make sure to keep switching the places of the cushions, or else the most used one will be damaged the most.
Handle new stains immediately
Be careful that any new spills, stains, or food-related mishaps are handled and taken care of immediately. A simple trick is to keep a pack of clean cotton fabric wipes accessible and near your upholstery. As soon as any new spills or accidents occur, you can dab on it with the clean cloth. Make sure never to wipe or rub the stain, as that may make it worse. You can also use spot cleaners and fabric cleaners for such situations.
Use sofa covers or slip covers
We know you bought that beautiful upholstery to beautify your living space and look at it and show it to your guests. But sometimes covering them is the best option, especially if you have young kids or pets. Using sofa covers or slip covers will prevent your upholstery from dirty feet stains, food, and drink spill ups, those fingers laden with ketchup and oil. Moreover, now there is a wide variety of beautiful sofa covers available in various designs, textures, colors, and sizes. It helps you to choose the one that looks perfect according to your space. Additionally, these covers will also protect your upholstery from dust and dirt.
Avoid upholstery to be in direct exposure to sun and dust
Direct and extended periods of exposure to the sun can damage your upholstery to a high degree. If your upholstery is made of fine fabric or leather, the ultraviolet rays from the sunlight will damage it severely. Moreover, placing it near the window will not only bring sunlight, but it will also increase its contact with dust, dirt, pollutants, and many other harmful elements. Hence, you should always try not to put your upholstery near the door or the window, or under the sun.
Buy a suitable fabric or upholstery cleaner
All sorts of cleansers and cleaning agents are available in the market today that are designed specifically for different parts of your home. Likewise, there are also many fabrics and upholstery cleaners available. Try to invest in a good quality fabric cleaner or upholstery cleaner. These upholstery cleaners and stain removers are made with the specifications of cleaning the upholstery without any unnecessary or extra damages to the fabric. Avoid using multi-surface or all-in-one cleaners for upholstery cleaning. They will not produce as good results, and they may also harm your fabric far more than a specialized fabric or upholstery cleaner.
Hire a professional upholstery cleaning service once a year
Thankfully, we live in a time when we can hire specialists for various indoor and outdoor jobs. These specialists are in touch with the trendiest methods of upholstery cleaning, they have the cleaning tools and the equipment, and they know how to clean each type of upholstery fabric or leather. Hiring a professional upholstery cleaner at least once a year ensures a longer life of your upholstery, keeps it cleaner and more hygienic. Do not wait for your upholstery to get more visibly dirtier. Make a schedule of calling the cleaner once a month and then stick to it. Having your upholstery deep cleaned by professionals annually will maintain the beauty of your furniture, restore the coziness of your upholstery, and increase its life.
Keeping your upholstery clean and sparkling does not only look good to the eyes, but it also offers many other benefits. Cleaning upholstery will remove dust from your house, improve air quality, and reduce allergens and air pollutants. A regularly cleaned upholstery will also have a longer life, better aesthetic appearance, and a fresher smell.
Taking care of your upholstery, and keeping it clean does not have to be stressful and complicated. Be vigilant and follow the guidelines we mentioned above to get the most out of your upholstered furniture.