You use your furniture every day, and after not too long, it starts to show it. Rather than replacing your favorite pieces after just a few years, here are a few ways to extend the life of your upholstered furniture. Your future self will thank you!

Vacuum the Fabric

The handheld extension of your vacuum is great for fluffing up cushions and picking up crumbs. Add this practice to your regular cleaning regimen to keep your couches in tip-top shape.

Rotate Cushions

There are certain pieces of furniture that definitely get more traffic than others. Help to disperse the wear and tear by rotating cushions both in place and with other cushions on the furniture. Doing so will prevent any single cushion from becoming more flattened or worn than the others.

Keep Food and Drink Away

Stains are the arch nemesis of fabric. To reduce the risk of stains, eliminate their source! Reserve eating and drinking for the table. If you do decide to eat or drink on your upholstered furniture, try to cover any “at risk” areas with a towel. Always treat food and drink stains immediately to prevent them from setting.

Set Boundaries for Pets

If your pets shed, scratch, or smell (like most pets do), try to limit the amount of time they spend on your furniture. Keep their claws trimmed, and consider laying a blanket under them to prevent direct contact with your upholstery. Better yet, keep pets completely off of your furniture and provide a different area for them to rest, like their own bed or cushion.

Use a Cover

For families with small children—or teenagers—a simple cover may be a practical, effective way to protect your furniture. Furniture covers allow you to enjoy your favorite pieces without sacrificing their condition. The best part is that you can remove them whenever you like. That means you’ll be free to wash any stains in the laundry, and your furniture can always be ready for guests.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Taking a nap in the afternoon sun may be ideal for you, but that definitely isn’t the case for your furniture. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause fabric to fade and deteriorate. To prevent sun damage, position your furniture away from any windows, or draw your curtains and blinds during peak sun exposure.

Call In a Pro

Just as your car needs regular maintenance, your furniture will do best when it is well cared for and receives professional attention. You can try your best to maintain your furniture, but once in a while, professional upholstery cleaning is necessary. Remember, a professional cleaning service costs far less than replacing your furniture. Routine cleanings can prolong the life of your furniture and protect pieces of value for years to come.

If your upholstered furniture has seen better days, contact Springer to schedule a professional cleaning. Routine maintenance can help extend the life of your furniture and save you money in the long run. The professionals at Springer will assess your furniture and its care requirements before creating a cleaning plan especially for you. Trust your furniture with Springer!

Topics: Furniture cleaning