The Upholstery Care Guide – how to keep your furniture looking elegant.
Upholstered furniture adds style and elegance to any interior but sometimes everyday marks are just unavoidable. Whether you have a leather upholstered armchair or a fabric upholstered sofa, there are simple steps for maintaining their look and quality over time. In this guide, we’ll explain how daily maintenance and stain removal can be carried out by simply using everyday household items.
Day to day cleaning of your fabric upholstery
First of all, a vacuum will always be your best friend for general maintenance. Regular cleaning of your fabric upholstery, both for chairs and sofas, is great for removing unwanted dust and dirt. Not only does this give your sofa’s surface a fresh look, but it avoids any unnecessary dust floating around your home, which is never good for allergies.
The same applies to fabric cushions sitting on your sofa or chair; a regular vacuum once a week will stop any debris build and keep your furniture fresh. But not only debris, if you have pets then a more frequent vacuum is needed to draw out any excess fur from the furniture, and it’s certainly worth giving the whole room a vacuum, too.
Getting out stains from your fabric upholstery
The first step is to make a homemade, non-solvent-based solution. We would suggest getting a small to medium-sized bowl and adding two warm cups of water then 2-3 tablespoons of washing up liquid and vinegar. Warm water is brilliant for breaking up the stubborn stain, while the washing liquid and vinegar remove grease and help remove the stain from the fabric’s surface.
It’s then a case of mixing the solution with a whisk until bubbles form, which usually takes between 20-30 seconds, before applying to the problem area. With a soft brush, apply just the bubbles onto the stain and gently use circular motions to remove the dirt. By using just the bubbles, you avoid the chance of unwanted water spots.
Once you feel the stain or dirt has been sufficiently broken up and is coming off the surface, use an additional slightly wet, warm absorbent cloth to remove the majority of the stain. Once you’ve removed as much of the stain as you can, leave to dry, and come back later for a review. If you have a fan of any type, speeding up the drying process is beneficial for avoiding any chance of water spots. If on the second inspection, dirt still remains then follow the process again with care.
Day to day cleaning of leather upholstery
Like fabric upholstery, leather furniture requires both day-to-day maintenance and stain removal. Quality leather is designed to be robust, hard-wearing and durable, but this is only the case if the correct daily maintenance is carried out. So, here’s how to keep the beautiful leather looking fresh for longer.
Once again, the vacuum is your friend. Removing excess dirt and debris from the leather’s sofa either biweekly or weekly will ensure it doesn’t damage the surface or seep into it. Make sure the vacuum setting is low so there’s no chance of stretching the material, and if possible use a small, handheld vacuum for getting in the small gaps of the upholstery. A brush attachment is also ideal for picking more excess dirt that without.
Whether there are notable stains on the leather upholstery or not, it’s advisable to use a soft, warm, slightly damp cloth once a week on the surface for regular maintenance. Before you apply any cleaning method, test your cloth and solution on an unseen area of the furniture piece so you know water spots will not occur.
Stain removal for leather upholstery
In this guide, we’re looking at natural solutions to your cleaning and maintenance everyday matters. It’s important to steer clear of leather polishes, solvents, or any acidic solutions which could compromise your leather’s quality. If you have a specialist leather upholstery cleaner or conditioner, phone Brissi’s expert team to ask for advice on use (contact number at the top of the page).
For everyday stains, create a soap and warm water solution and use a soft microfiber cloth to apply this to the problem area. Use gentle circular motions and wipe away with another damp cloth. Once dried, if you still see a slight mark, make a solution of one part vinegar and one part distilled water. Use the same circular motions to rub away the stain, but always make sure to test this on an unseen area first.
When it comes to more stubborn, greasy, oily stains, a natural but effective way to remove the mark is baking soda and water. Add a small dose of baking soda to damp, wet cloth and gently apply to the stained area. Leave to dry over a few hours then come back and dust away with a clean, dry cloth.
Whether you have a beautiful leather sofa or an elegant fabric chair, upholstered furniture only maintains its quality if it’s treated correctly. With regular, weekly cleaning and maintenance you’ll avoid permanently stained surfaces and a fresher look for longer. For those with pets and young children, it is advisable to clean even more regularly as marks are more likely to build up over time.