Add these simple steps to your normal routine to keep your premium upholstered furniture smelling fresh and looking nice.
Regularly cleaning your furniture is the most reliable way to keep it smelling fresh and looking its best. It's hard to relax when you try to read a favorite book on your best sofa, only to have the intense order of a forgotten piece of food stuck in a crevice disrupt your thoughts.
Basic steps to keeping your furniture fresh and smelling nice:
- Vacuum all surfaces, cracks, and under cushions on a weekly basis.
- Use only products recommended by your manufacturer.
- If in doubt, seek the advice of an upholstery professional.
- Invest in a professional cleaning once a year to preserve your fabric's condition and appearance.
General guidelines on how to deal with spills and stains:
- React immediately when spills and stains happen, according to the directions for your furniture's specific upholstery.
- Seek professional cleaning when you don't know what caused the stain.
- Be careful not to over-wet fabrics.
- Don't rub the material—dab at the stains to prevent discoloration and fabric damage.
- Always ensure the fabric has dried completely and vacuum before using your furniture again.
- If you seek professional help, always let them know if the stain has already been treated.
Care Label Descriptions:
In most cases, the maker will include a color code to help you know how to clean your furniture.
W - Safe to clean with water and water-based products.
S - Use only dry solvents.
S/W - Both dry solvents and water-based cleansers can be used, as well as steam cleaning.
X - Vacuum only. No water.
Cashmere Upholstered Furniture
High-quality cashmere is durable and can look new even after years of use with a simple routine.
- Vacuum your furniture once per week. Loosen old stains and grime with a firm, natural bristle brush.
- You should have a professionally trained upholstery cleaner for heavy soils and deep-clean away pet odors.
Wool and wool blend upholstery fabrics.
Wool fabrics, such as boucle wool, are commonly found in midcentury furniture. It's heavy yet soft, providing the home with a safe and cozy space that encourages relaxation and comfort.
Wool cleaning tips:
- Lightly vacuum your furniture once per week to remove dirt and crumbs.
- Clean the fabric 2-3 times per year to preserve its attractive appearance.
- Only use reputable cleaning materials recommended by the manufacturer or professional dry cleaning services.
- Quickly respond to spills by mopping up excess liquid and using a spoon to pick up dry solids. Treat from the outside edge inward to prevent the spreading of the stain.
Stain Removal Tips for common accidents ones you can identify:
- Alcoholic drink spills: Remove excess liquid by gently dabbing it and then sponge sparingly with a mixture of equal parts warm water and rubbing alcohol.
- Black coffee spills: Soak a lint-free cloth in equal parts alcohol and white vinegar and lightly dab the area before using an absorbent cloth to soak up the stain.
- Blood stains: Grab a damp sponge and gently dab the area with undiluted white vinegar. Then gently dab it with cold water to rinse.
- Milk spills: Soak a lint-free cloth in white spirit. Dab gently from the outside in. Soak a new cloth in diluted white vinegar and dab gently.
- Fruit juice and wine spills: Mix rubbing alcohol and water in a 3:1 ratio. Use a clean, lint-free cloth to dab the stain with this mixture.
- Ink stains: Soak a lint-free cloth in white spirit and dab gently. Soak a new cloth in diluted white vinegar and dab gently to finish picking up the stain.
Can't identify the stain, or is it too persistent? Consult a professional cleaning company.
Velvet sofas and chairs.
Velvet may be a delicate fabric, but it's reasonably easy to keep in top condition if you add a few extra steps to your regular cleaning routine. Velvet, like leather, gets better with age with the proper upkeep.
Velvet Cleaning Tips:
- Vacuum your velvet upholstered furniture using an upholstery cleaner attachment while you vacuum the floor.
- Grab a velvet brush and brush your furniture in the direction the fibers are woven.
- Some velvet fabrics respond well to an upholstery steam cleaner if you find stains, unnatural lines, or creases during your weekly maintenance. If your material is natural or if you're unsure if it will take home cleaning, consider hiring professional cleaners.
Stains happen. Catch them ASAP and take care of them while they're fresh.
- When a spill happens, do NOT dab or rub the stain, or you'll push it further into the fibers. Lay the absorbent cloth or paper towel over the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes to soak it up as much as possible.
- Mix 3.5 ounces of lemon juice in a deep bowl with one tablespoon of baking soda. After it foams and bubbles, dip a clean cloth into the foam only and apply it to the stain.
- If you don't have one of the two above ingredients, you can also mix 1.5 to 2 ounces of water in a bowl with a few drops of dish soap. Mix vigorously to create a bubbly foam, and use the foam instead.
- Blot the stain gently and keep blotting until the stain is no longer visible.
- Let the fabric air dry and vacuum the surface after it's dried completely.
Tips to keep your velvet furniture fresh:
- Don't set it where direct sunlight falls upon it.
- Cover it with a protective covering.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Never be afraid to use professional upholstery cleaning services to protect your investment.
Tips for cleaning and deodorizing leather chairs and sofas.
Keep your leather furniture in the best shape and smelling fresh with regular cleaning. Leather will age well and adopt a beautiful patina over time, but you want to make sure it doesn't look neglected.
Every week, dry-dust your furniture with a microfiber cloth. This removes built-up dust and crumbs. Alternatively, you may use the soft bristle extension on your vacuum.
Once a month, consider a deeper clean. Grab a wet wipe and finish with a leather cream conditioner to help prevent cracks and discoloration. Follow these three simple steps:
- Step 1: Add a few drops of dish soap to a clean, damp towel and wipe all the leather surfaces.
- Step 2: Dry the surfaces thoroughly with a new washcloth or microfiber towel to pick up all the excess water.
- Step 3: Purchase the conditioner recommended by your furniture manufacturer for the type of leather you have. Apply that conditioner to all surfaces.
Read below to learn more about different leathers, and always follow the furniture manufacturer's cleaning instructions.
Tips for different leather types:
Aniline leather is very soft and natural, absorbing stains and dirt easily. This leather will absorb water, so it's more important to protect it than to clean it.
Check the manufacturer's instructions on getting a leather protection cream for your piece of furniture and use a foaming cleaner when you need to clean aniline leather pieces.
The cream provides a protective barrier for your furniture, and the foaming cleaner helps ensure that the soft leather doesn't just soak it up, wasting your cleaning efforts.
Vegan, Vintage, and Top Grain Leather
- Condition your leather furniture once a year to keep it from drying out and prevent cracking. Make sure you use a high-quality conditioner specifically designed for leather and recommended by your furniture manufacturer.
- Clean spills and other stains from your leather furniture right away. Blot up the excess liquid with a microfiber cloth without rubbing to risk making it worse. Gently clean the area with a slightly moistened cloth, if necessary, and let it dry naturally.
- Avoid using a degreaser or soap, as that can do more harm than good. Contact a professional leather specialist if you have a persistent stain to avoid permanently damaging your leather with any DIY technique or unauthorized solution.
Important closing note:
Always carefully read and follow instructions for your piece of furniture from your manufacturer. These are general guidelines, and we’re not responsible for any damages to your property as a result of following these instructions.
Always test a small area in an inconspicuous location before adopting any cleaning method. If you’re ever in doubt about any product or a step to take in maintaining or cleaning your furniture, seek professional advice from upholstery cleaning professionals.