There are several things you can do to extend the life of your upholstery. Rotate all loose cushions frequently to assure even wear. Vacuum dust and dirt from all fabric, cracks, and crevices. This will help to reduce grit that can cause abrasion. Protect upholstery from the sun. Ultraviolet light can cause deterioration. If your pet likes to curl up on the couch or chair, put down a towel or blanket, since body oils from animals rub off onto fabric and are very difficult to remove from upholstery. Use caution with clothing such as blue jeans. Fabric dyes can transfer onto upholstered furniture.
Choosing to apply fabric protection is the best possible way to protect your new upholstered furniture and keep it looking new. Treated upholstery will last longer and clean easier. Fabric protection treatment is a spray applied to all surfaces of the upholstered item. The application “wicks” into the fibers of the fabric creating a protective barrier against soil and stains. The fabric protection treatment we use has no smell, is non-allergenic and does not change the look or feel of the fabric. Fabric protection treatment has also been shown to provide a barrier against the dirt and dust particles that cause excess abrasion and premature fabric wear.
All upholstered furniture will become soiled through regular use. Most spills and soil on fabric protection treated upholstery will clean easily and quickly, provided that the proper cleaning procedures are followed. A fabric protector is not an absolute impenetrable barrier and improper cleaning methods can damage both the fabric and the treatment. Follow these guidelines to properly clean your fabric protected upholstery.
- Blot (don’t rub) spills immediately with a clean absorbent cloth while the spill is still fresh. Dried spills are more difficult to remove.
- Pretest any cleaner on any fabric in a hidden area. Check for color fastness and fabric compatibility.
- Use cleaner sparingly to avoid overwetting. Apply the cleaner first to a towel, or use a trigger sprayer to lightly mist onto the fabric.
- Always read and follow the instructions on the cleaning agent
- Keep a small spill small. Work lightly, blotting from the edges to the center. “Feather” the edges by dampening irregularly and blotting quickly to avoid rings.
- Rinse the cleaning solution out of the fabric by misting water on the area using a trigger sprayer.
Upholstery should be professionally cleaned when it begins to begins to slightly dull in appearance overall or on the arm rests alone. Do not attempt to clean large areas yourself as overwetting will likely occur, creating unsightly water rings that may not be able to be removed.