We love to enjoy in our living rooms just because of our upholstered furniture that makes a room in a house attain an ideal style that we aim off: relaxed, colorful, modern and inviting. But upholstery also faces wear and tear. So, to make your upholstery last longer you have to be a little consistent and follow practical routines so as to keep them beautiful for longer.
Here are a few pointers which must be kept in mind if you want your upholstery to last longer:
For the upholstery to last longer, it is very important to clean it thoroughly once a year. Removing dust and dirt monthly with vacuum cleaners is not sufficient as tough stains and spills require enhanced cleaning that is only possible with the help of proper cleansers. Also, keep them away from direct sunlight as sunlight may cause bleaching effect. Use heavy curtains to block sunlight reaching your costly upholstery.
Follow proper schedule and hire professionals
Employ a proper pattern and schedule to clean your upholstery. It will help you keep things more organized and well maintained. Implementing steam cleaning once in a while can make the upholstery look clean and beautiful. It is the safest way of cleaning the upholstery without the use of any chemicals. Also, hire professionals for cleaning if required at least once a year. This will make your upholstery look near to the original.
To prevent the upholstery from any wear and tear, use throws and covers the upholstered parts of your furniture. A wide range of covers are available in the market, these will not only increase the life of your upholstery but will also protect them from friction if any and will add to the uniqueness of the living room too.
Be aware of the cleaning and the wearability code
Cleaning code is on the manufacturer’s label. It helps you to make proper decisions of how to take care of your upholstery. Wearability codes are the government’s standard guide that indicates how much is the fabric strong enough for your needs. These codes are:
Code “W” (clean only with water), Code “S” (clean only with mild water-free cleaning solvent),
Code “W-S” (use either water or solvent based products), and Code “X” (clean by vacuuming or gently by brush).
HD (heavy duty), MD (medium duty), LD (light duty), DD (delicate duty).
Take care of your upholstery with the help of these codes. Also, be aware of the warranties that the manufacturer offers on the furniture.
If your upholstery is old enough, it might need extra care apart from just dusting. As time passes many old furnishings lose their finish. Thus, for this, use good cream furniture polish or a furniture cleaner-conditioner. You can also prepare it at home by using turpentine and linseed oil.
Different kinds of furniture require different cleaning methods and polishes. Also, work in a well-ventilated room and protect the area with newspapers while using polish on your upholstery.
Thus, adopt the above measures to make your upholstery look like new forever!