We know that every piece of furniture that you purchase is an investment, no matter how large or how small, and would like to help you extend the longevity of your loved items. Something everyone knows is that life happens! Ever laughed so hard during you favorite comic’s stand-up special that you inadvertently spilt your drink on the sofa or had the kids mistake the coffee table for a coloring book? We’ve all been there. Stains are kind of inevitable, but if you know how to properly maintain your furniture, it’s like they never even happened! Simply identify the surface that you would like to clean, and follow the instructions.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s discuss some basic steps that you can take to keep your upholstered items in tip top shape. These simple tricks will keep your items looking newer longer.
- For regular maintenance, we recommend that you vacuum your upholstered items on a weekly basis using the upholstery nozzle or brush attachment that is included with most standard vacuum cleaners in order to lift common dirt and debris. Faux leather upholstered items can be wiped down with a soft cloth to remove dust.
- To help prevent your upholstered items from fading in color, we advise that you do not place them in front of direct sunlight.
- For seating items, rotate your cushions and pillows on a regular basis, if possible, to ensure even use.
- Remember to blot (and not rub) spills as soon as they happen with clean absorbent towels. Aggressive rubbing to remove a stain can degrade the upholstered fabric resulting in patchy faded and abraded spots. Spills on faux leather items can simply be wiped away with a cloth.
- Do not use harsh detergents or cleaning agents to lift stains as they can cause more harm than good. In most cases, blotting a stain with a lightly damp cloth or soft sponge that has been wetted with gentle soapy water is enough to remove a soiled mark. Follow up by blotting the excess moisture with clean absorbent towels to spot dry and avoid water damage.
- Certain textiles can be unpredictable. Please be advised that spot cleaning sometimes may result in ring marks, so it may be better to clean the entire surface in some instances. If you’re unsure about how your item will react to spot cleaning, test a small hidden area of your furniture item with the above mentioned damp cloth blotting / towel drying technique.
- If you have young children or pets in your household, it’s not a bad idea to invest in some water-resistant slipcovers for your seating furniture to minimize the risk of staining or premature wear and tear.
Velvet upholstered items can be susceptible to water marks so we recommend that you immediately soak up any spills by blotting the area with clean absorbent towels. If needed, use a lightly damp cloth or soft sponge wetted with a mild soap and water solution to blot out any stain and then blot the area dry with absorbent towels. Remember not to over saturate your damp cloth or wet sponge to prevent ring marks.
Similarly, spills on microfiber upholstery should be soaked up as quickly as possible by blotting clean absorbent towels on the affected area to prevent water damage. Stains can be blotted out using a damp cloth or soft sponge wetted with a gentle soap and water mixture. Spot dry by dabbing towels on the freshly cleaned area. Do not over wet your damp cloth or soft sponge. Microfiber is a fast-drying fabric so you can let your furniture surface air dry if there is some slight moisture remaining.
Linen upholstery is known to be resilient, which is why some mistakenly think that it’s okay to spot clean this fabric by trying to forcefully rub out any occurring mess to treat a stain. Oftentimes, such friction leads to color fading. Be sure to soak up any spills as soon as possible by dabbing absorbent towels on the affected surface. If any residual soil mark remains, gently blot the area with a slightly damp cloth or soft sponge wetted with mild soap and water and dab the area dry with clean towels. Allow the surface to air dry if you notice some faint lingering moisture.
Faux Leather Upholstery
Spills are easier to catch on faux leather upholstered items because they can be swiftly wiped off with a dry towel. Just remember to wipe up the spill quickly because persistent moisture can weaken bonded fibers. If you notice grime or embedded dirt on your faux leather item, you can wipe it clean with a gentle baby wipe or slightly dampened cloth. Dust can easily be picked up by wiping down your item with a dry microfiber cloth. Please do not use aggressive cleaning products to treat your faux leather pieces because it could result in scuff marks or abrasions.
Plated or powder coated metal surfaces are easy to clean. They can easily be dusted off with a dry microfiber towel or wiped clean with a dampened cloth slightly soaked with warm water. You should not use harsh detergents or abrasive cleaners on your metal based item because its paint could chip off or its finish may rust.
Wood and wood veneer furniture items are a timeless décor mainstay. You can easily dust your wood furniture items with a soft cloth or even an old cotton t-shirt that you may have lying around. For more stubborn dirt, you can wipe down your item with a cloth lightly dampened with a mild soap and water solution. Remember that wood is porous so do not use an over wet cloth to clean and quickly soak up any spills with a dry towel as not to cause bubbling. For wood table top surfaces, we recommend that you use coasters to prevent ring marks from drinks or heat damage from hot cookware. Do not use harsh furniture polish to add sheen to your wood based items because it could result in the removal of wood stained finishes.
Glass top surfaces can be cleaned using gentle commercially available glass cleaner wipes or sprays. Lightly spray a microfiber cloth with the glass cleaner and gently wipe the surface in circular motions to prevent streak marks.
Memory foam type mattresses usually come equipped with a cover – and these covers should not be removed. If you encounter a stain on your mattress, simply blot it out using a cloth dampened with soapy water and then use dry absorbent towels to soak up any excess moisture.
Virtually a maintenance free surface, engineered stone is non- porous so it’s not susceptible to staining like some other materials. In order to its keep its lustre, it’s recommended that you occasionally wipe down the engineered stone surface with a damp cloth or soft sponge using mild soapy water and follow up by wiping with a water rinsed cloth.