Upholstered furniture adds comfort and style to our homes, but it also requires regular care to stay clean and attractive between professional cleanings. By following these practical upholstery cleaning tips, homeowners can extend the lifespan of their furniture and keep it looking its best.
- Vacuum Frequently: Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove dust, crumbs, and pet hair from the surface and crevices of your furniture. Aim to vacuum upholstery at least once a week.
- Rotate Cushions: To ensure even wear and maintain the shape of your cushions, flip and rotate them regularly. This prevents one side from becoming more worn than the others.
- Keep Pets Off: If you have pets, try to discourage them from jumping onto upholstered furniture. Pet hair and claws can cause damage and make cleaning more challenging.
- Use Armrest and Headrest Covers: Consider using removable armrest and headrest covers to protect these high-contact areas from oils and dirt.
- Act Quickly: If a spill occurs, blot the stain immediately with a clean, absorbent cloth or paper towel. Avoid rubbing, as it can push the stain deeper into the fabric.
- Identify the Fabric: Check the manufacturer’s care label for cleaning instructions. Upholstery fabrics are labeled with codes like “W” (water-based cleaner), “S” (solvent-based cleaner), “WS” (either water or solvent), or “X” (vacuum only).
- Spot Test: Before using any cleaning product, test it in an inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t damage or discolor the fabric.
- Use Gentle Solutions: For water-based fabrics (W), mix a small amount of mild detergent with water to create a gentle cleaning solution. For solvent-based fabrics (S), use a solvent-based cleaner. Apply sparingly to a clean cloth, not directly to the upholstery.
- Blot, Don’t Rub: When cleaning stains, gently blot the area with the cleaning solution, working from the outside in. Use a clean, dry cloth to blot away excess moisture.
- Rinse Thoroughly: If you use a cleaning solution, be sure to rinse the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue.
- Dry Properly: After cleaning, allow the upholstery to air dry completely. Avoid using excessive heat or fans, as they can shrink or damage the fabric.
- Schedule Regularly: While DIY care is essential, professional upholstery cleaning is still necessary to remove deep-seated dirt and allergens. Aim to have your upholstery professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months or as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Choose a Reputable Service: When hiring a professional cleaning service like RJ Services, ensure they have experience with upholstery cleaning and use safe, non-toxic cleaning products.
By following these upholstery cleaning tips and practicing regular maintenance, homeowners can keep their upholstered furniture looking clean and inviting, ultimately prolonging its lifespan and preserving its beauty between professional cleanings.