Looking After Your Soft Furnishings
Upholstered chairs are easy to care for when you know how.
So you’ve just invested in a brand new upholstered chair, and right now it looks and feels incredible. To get the most out of your new piece of furniture though, you’ll need to keep it in great condition. Taking good care of it now will save you money and time in the future, as you won’t have to hunt around for fabrics and get it reupholstered. So how can you keep your new chair looking great for many years to come? Well, it’s all about a little TLC!
Keep them clean
How many times do you whizz the vacuum cleaner around the living room and dust the coffee table? Now, compare that to the amount of times you clean your sofa or chairs. They probably see more use than any other piece of furniture in your home – so when you clean, don’t neglect your soft furnishings. A small, hand-held vacuum cleaner is ideal for removing dust. If you need to get rid of stains, don’t saturate the fabric as this can leave water marks. Instead, use a small amount of water mixed with a little detergent. Failing that, a baby wipe will work wonders too!
Keep labels and documents
Keep all the documentation that comes with your new piece of furniture, as it will contain vital information about how to care for it. Yes, we mean all the labels too! If you are going to cut them off, make sure that you keep them somewhere safe. They will include details of what the body and cushion content are made from, the style and fabric numbers, and when it was delivered. This information is vital if you’re going to look after your chair properly – and if you do need to have it repaired or reupholstered.
Invest in stain protection
When you do buy a chair, chances are the retailer will try to sell you some add-ons too. Some of these are pretty useless, but there is one that you should always invest in. Stain protection is one of the best ways you can extend the life of your upholstery. It’s especially useful for those who live with children and pets. There are some accidents that you just can’t prevent, after all.
Call an expert
It’s a good idea to call in the professionals every so often too. Professional upholstery cleaning businesses have certain tools that you don’t have at home, and will really be able to inject new life into your fabric covered chairs. An upholstery cleaning technician will have years of experience to draw upon too, and will be able to answer any of your questions. So if your furniture needs a good clean, there’s a stain you just don’t know how to tackle or you’re worried about damaging the fabric: leave it to the experts.
Enjoy your favourite chair
Remember, things like direct sunlight can fade fabrics too, so make sure to give pieces that catch the sun lots of extra attention. There’s nothing quite like sinking down into a comfortable chair at the end of a long day, and your furniture deserves the love it gives you in return. Your fabric chairs may not last a lifetime, but with the right care and attention they will last for many years to come.