Getting a professional upholstery cleaning is the best way to prolong the life of your furniture. It gives your home or office a brand new look and leaves everyone feeling fresh. You will find that a professional cleaning will also improve your home’s air quality.
But after the professional cleaning agency finishes the job and hands over the furniture or property to you, it’s up to you to maintain it. It is important, especially if you have pets or children or if you smoke. Even if you think your furniture is clean, your upholstery may be housing more things than you think. All it takes is putting in some effort and following these easy tips to help ensure that your upholstery remains in the best of condition for a longer time.
- Lightly clean your upholstery regularly
Some basic daily cleaning will help avoid the build-up of unwanted materials. Even if the dirt isn’t visible immediately, some of the things that may be hidden in your upholstery include dust, germs, stains, dander, allergens and bacteria. Vacuuming weekly makes it easier to maintain your upholstery between each professional cleaning.
- Turn cushions often
A simple trick like periodically turning over the loose cushions could extend your upholstered furniture’s life. Changing the cushions around from one part of the sofa to the other will also ensure even usage as some seats get more usage than others. Fluffing them regularly after a professional cleaning also helps keep them in shape. Cushions won’t develop indentations soon if there is an even distribution of wear and tear.
- Tackle any new spills or liquid-related mishaps immediately
Attend to any new stains as soon as you can with a clean cloth and use specialised cleaning products made for your upholstery fabric. Follow the special care instructions that can be found for the affected furniture. It will help reduce the long term effect of the stain or dirt build-up.
- Cover your furniture
Use a sofa cover or a slipcover for protection and decoration. A piece of fabric draped over or tucked into a sofa will do the job. You can buy something new or use convert something you already have at home like a blanket, sheet or a tablecloth. The slipcover takes care of the sofa, arm rests and cushions and will absorb the brunt of daily use and dirt. Remember, you can change out or wash the slipcover as often as you want, and using different patterns or colours for different seasons or occasion is a fun way to change the look of the place.
- Use an upholstery protectant for your sofa
Using any protective product is one of the best ideas to prevent spills from penetrating deep down into the fibers and becoming stains. It basically serves as an invisible plastic sheet, making it easier to keep upholstered furniture clean and in pristine condition. Scotchgard is one such plasticising agent. It seeps into the fabric and prevents dirt and oils from working their ways into the sofa fibers and affecting it.
- Avoid exposure to the elements and pollutants
Position your furniture such that the upholstery does not get damaged. Avoid extended periods of exposure to direct sunlight as well as close proximity to uncovered windows. Even rain water spray and any other airborne pollutants like fumes from cooking or smoke can harm the fabric and cause it to fade and even fray.
- Keep your home properly ventilated
Proper ventilation can help with odour control as upholstered furniture can easily absorb odours which even weakens the foam. Any initial signs of dampness can also be tackled effectively if the area is proper ventilated.
These are just a few DIY upholstery cleaning tips to help you keep your furniture looking and feeling brand new, especially after you have invested in a professional upholstery cleaning. However, don’t wait for it to get visibly dirty and damaged again. The dirtier your sofa or upholstered furniture becomes, the harder it will be to restore to its original glory. Experts recommend having a professional cleaning done of your upholstered furniture on a regular basis – every couple of years or so. This will help keep your furniture looking fresh.
Classique Chem-Dry can help your upholstery look fresh with their professional upholstery cleaning. Our qualified staff have the skills and experience and are available 24 hours/7 days a week. If you have any additional questions on our range of professional services, please feel free to call or email us today.