Upholstery Home Care
Use these tips to take good care of your upholstered furniture and help extend its life.
- Keep furniture out of direct sunlight to prevent colors from fading.
- Vacuum upholstered furniture often to remove dust mites.
- Don’t lay dark-colored blankets or sheets on upholstery; dyes can rub off or bleed onto your furniture. The same goes for newspapers, as the ink can transfer to your furniture and become difficult to remove.
- Beat, vacuum, and rotate cushions often on high-use furniture to help distribute wear.
The tags on your furniture offer a lot of valuable information. Before buying a spotter at the store, check to see how your furniture should be cleaned. There are three primary upholstery cleaning codes:
- W (wet/water only)
- S (solvent only)
- W/S (wet or solvent)
These codes give you a basic idea of the sensitivity of the dyes and materials in your furniture.
Fast Stain and Spill Solutions
Accidents happen, and there’s no need to panic if you find a stained area on your carpet! These quick tips can help keep the situation under control until you’re able to call a professional.
If the spot is wet, blot the area with a dry cloth; if it’s already dry, blot it with a wet cloth using either a gentle stain-removing product or equal parts white vinegar and warm water.
The key to removing any stain: blot first, don’t scrub! Blotting the area will help lift the liquid from the carpet, rather than digging it deeper into the fibers. After the majority of the liquid is removed, gently rubbing the area can help extract the rest—but make sure scrubbing is never your first action. If the stain persists, be sure to call a cleaning professional to make sure your carpet stays spotless.
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