Furnishings turn rooms into a comfortable home. Proper care will also keep your furnishings looking good while they add enjoyment to your home. Although families with young children and houses pets often have extra work to maintain upholstered furnishings in particular, prudent care is worth the effort.
It is also worthwhile to note that it may be fairly simple to avoid some types of damage to upholstered furniture. To reduce fabric fading, for instance, avoid letting full sun shine on textiles. Control the light with shades, blinds, or draperies. In addition, stashing a few paper towels or a small terry towel underneath seat cushions will give you a quick way to deal with spills.
Read below for pointers on vacuuming.
Frequent vacuuming is the best way to clean and maintain upholstery. Vacuuming helps prevent dust, dirt, and stains from embedding in the fibers of upholstered pieces and keeps them looking new.
Here are a few quick tips on vacuuming:
- Check for loose buttons and threads, weak spots in the fabric, or debris that could clog the vacuum.
- Clip threads and repair or tighten buttons before vacuuming.
- Use the soft brush attachment on the vacuum. Be sure to keep it clean and free of oily residue. Or, buy two of these attachments and label one for use only with upholstery.
- Use a crevice tool for corners and tight spots.
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