how to care for upholstered furniture
There are several steps you can take to keep your furniture cozy:
- Vacuum furniture on a regular basis, both the cushions surfaces and under them.
- Fluff and rotate unattached cushions regularly to slow wear and to ensure that any wear is uniform.
- Keep upholstered items out of direct sunlight, when possible, to reduce fading. If the upholstery is near a window then use window treatments (curtains or blinds) to keep the sun's damaging rays off your furniture.
- Keep your upholstery away from extreme heat or cold. Heat is especially bad for upholstery because it causes the fabric to become brittle and more prone to wear and tear.
- Extreme humidity or dryness can also be harmful to your furniture by weakening the fabric's fibers.
It's important to clean spills as soon as possible to prevent the stain from setting, but different upholstery fabrics call for different cleaning methods. Listed below are the codes Cozy Life uses to indicate the cleaning method for a particular fabric:
||Vacuuming and light dusting recommended. You can spot-clean by using only the foam from a water-based cleaner (mild detergents or non-solvent upholstery shampoo). Spot test in an unobtrusive area; apply foam with a circular motion and a soft brush.
||Vacuuming and light dusting recommended. You can spot-clean with water-free solvent or dry-cleaning solution. Must clean in a well-ventilated room and avoid any cleaning product with carbon tetrachloride. Spot test in an unobtrusive area. Should be cleaned by professional furniture cleaning service.
||Vacuuming and light dusting recommended. You can spot-clean with a mild solvent, upholstery shampoo or with the foam from a water-based cleaner. If using a solvent or dry-cleaning product, follow the directions carefully and use only in a well-ventilated room. Avoid any cleaning product with carbon tetrachloride. Spot test in an unobtrusive area.
||Clean only by vacuuming and light dusting. Water and solvent cleaners may cause extreme shrinking, stains or disrupt the surface appearance.