Michael and Fernando have been furnishing their Wauwatosa home with assistance from design consultant Linda Carver. With their college days and college furniture behind them, they thought it was time to invest in quality home furnishings and original art that represented their lifestyle today. Linda guided them through the design process and helped them create a stylish retreat perfect for entertaining and relaxing. When they were in the store, Michael asked me, “Now that we have accumulated a collection of quality furniture, how do we care for it?” That is a great question Michael! There are really simple tips I will share with you and other readers on how to extend the life and enjoyment of your furniture.
Helpful Furniture Care Tips…
-Rotate your seat and back cushions from one side of the sofa to the other, flip the cushions at least once a month, and fluff the toss pillows too. This ensures an even wear throughout the lifetime of the sofa and keeps it looking fresh.
-An attached back sofa will conform to your body heat with wear causing comfort wrinkles and stretching. Most of the time the fabric will recover by itself, but sometimes you must smooth the surface with your hands.
-Just like your tables get dusty, your upholstery gets dusty as well, just not as easily seen. Dust and dirt will work into the cushions if you do not vacuum regularly. Vacuum at least once a month using an upholstery attachment (they hide them in the canister), and use a crevice tool for crumbs! Use a low setting and don’t press your vacuum in the fabric too firmly, go gentle and slow so you don’t cause abrasion to the fabric.
-Protect your upholstery from fading by removing it from direct sunlight. Everything will fade, even sun resistant fabrics if you have the furniture placed in a sunny spot. There are a few things you can do to help prevent fading. Make sure your windows are UV treated, or if you live in an old house like I do, have them treated by a professional. Consider window treatments or blinds, they not only add another level of style to your decor, they are functional too! Select fabrics that are designed for outdoor use, they are much improved today and we offer many stylish upholstery options.
-Do not spray fragrant fabric sprays on upholstery. There is no way to know how they will react to your upholstery or fabric protection that may have been applied.
-Upholstery was not meant to be cleaned yearly like your carpeting, do the maintenance and it will look good for years to come.
-Consider fabric protection that is offered from the store you purchased your sofa from. Fabric protection repels spills from being absorbed into the upholstery so a stain doesn’t set. All fabrics have cleaning codes, be sure to know yours. (S) is Solvent, Water Free, Pure Cleaning Solvent Only (W) is Water, Water based Cleaning Products Only (SW) Water or Solvent Cleaning Products. If disaster strikes and you do have a spill, be sure to test the cleaning product on your sofa’s fabric in a place it will not show, for instance on the back side of the skirt. If you cannot get out a stain, then it is best to call a professional right away. Never rub a stain, always remember to blot.
Last but not least, as I wrote this blog post I could not help to remember my mother’s rules about furniture, so here goes…
-The couch is not a trampoline, do not jump on the cushions, stand on the arms, or do back flips off the back rail. And this goes for your friends too.
-No dogs, cats, hamsters, or guinea pigs on the furniture period.
-No eating or drinking on the sofa, that is what the kitchen is for.
-The couch is for sitting on, if your that tired go to bed.
I really hate to admit this, but mom was probably right! I hope you enjoyed her tips as well as mine.