Who doesn’t love the look of a brand new piece of furniture? People have gone to extremes attempting to maintain that level of newness with their upholstery. While covers and plastic will protect furniture fabric from most damage and stains, it is no fun to spend all that time selecting a great sofa only to cover it up.
No matter how carefully you treat your furniture, the day will come when your favorite couch or chairs will look worse for wear. Fortunately, there are some easy things you can do to extend the life of your sofas.
Here are some to tips to help you extend the life of your sofas:
From simple tricks like remembering to rotate the cushions to hiring a professional upholstery cleaning company, the following tips will help keep your favorite furniture looking great for years to come.
Vacuuming Is Your Friend
When you vacuum your floors, go ahead and vacuum your upholstery too. It's one of the quickest and easiest ways to keep your furniture clean. Dirt and dust will work down into the weave of the fabric, making your furniture look dirty and drab. Vacuuming regularly can help slow down this process and keep your furniture looking brighter.
While the sun beams drifting through the window onto your couch may look picture perfect, those rays are actually damaging the fabric and will cause fading in time. If you can’t place the item out of the sun’s way, be certain to keep the blinds and curtains closed during the day.
Rotate the Cushions
The cushions on your furniture can take a beating, and some spots get the most wear and tear. Rotating your cushions regularly can even out the wear, so they look better longer.
Not only is pet hair unsightly, accumulated hair and dander can damage the fabric over time. Make certain to regularly remove hair with a lint brush or other tool. Consider adding a blanket to your pet’s favorite area of the couch to help with clean up.
Invest in Professional Cleaning
Depending on how much wear and tear your furniture sees, and depending on how well you maintain the upholstery yourself, you should have furniture professionally cleaned at least once or twice a year. Professional upholstery cleaning will tighten the fibers, remove stubborn dirt and stains, and lengthen the life of the upholstery.
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