The key to guaranteeing the condition of your leather upholstered chairs is learning to clean and care after upholstered furniture. Routine cleaning and maintenance will ensure that your upholstered furniture last for the next 8 to 10 years. Listed below, are tips on how to clean and care for upholstered chairs.
- Select the Right Material
Selecting the right material for the correct room makes the task of upholstery maintenance simple. Make it a rule of the thumb to always select a material which is suitable not only for your lifestyle, but upholstered furniture you are buying. For instance, synthetic materials are suitable for use on upholstered furniture that is to be placed in a high traffic area.
- Fabric Protection
The most suitable type of fabric protection is quick response to spillages. A lot of time, money and energy are invested whilst applying finishing touches to an upholstered fabric. Fabrics used on upholstered chairs are normally treated using both soil and water repellents. Then again, there are fabrics that make use of mildew inhibitors. If you want extra protection, the vendor can apply supplementary fabric protectors to the upholstered furniture while it still in the store or at your house. Whereas the extra protection comes in handy when there are spillages, fabric protection is not a substitute to quick scouring. Make a point of cleaning spills as quickly as possible so as to avoid damaging your upholstered furniture. Still, you need to adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions while cleaning the fabric after a spill.
- Turning Cushions
Did you know that you can prolong the life of your upholstered chairs by routinely turning loose cushions? This simple maintenance task enables for an equal distribution of wear and tear thereby preventing indentations. Do not forget to fluff the cushions after routine cleaning. Fluffing helps in maintaining the shape of the cushion. Besides turning and fluffing cushions, make it a routine to rotate cushions from one chair to the other. There are chairs that are used more than the others. Alternating the cushions guarantees even usage.
Make a point of vacuum cleaning your upholstered furniture at least once in a week. This helps in eliminating loose surface soil. Moreover, vacuuming also aids in preventing dirt particles from getting embedded in the fibres. If you do not have a vacuum, use a brush with soft bristles to wipe off the dirt particles. Hard bristles can spoil the fabric on your upholstered furniture.
- Avoid Excess Exposure to Sunlight
Too much exposure to the sun can also damage your upholstered fabric. Excess sunlight can cause the fabric to fade, hence losing its original lustre. Besides sunlight, also minimize the amount of pollutants in the house, for example, cooking fumes and smokes.
After all has been said and done, it is always a good idea to call a professional to clean your upholstered chairs at least once in every 12 months. Experts usually use shampoos and other cleaning detergents that maintain the condition of your upholstered fabric.