If you’ve just bought some new fabric furniture then you might not know how to clean it without damaging it. Sofas, suckers, chairs, chaise lounges and cushions can be extremely expensive to buy, be a luxury item in your house and if you spend a lot of money on it you’ll want to make sure your new furniture is looking as good as the day you bought it.
Here are our top tips for keeping your new sofa, chair, chaise lounge, suckers or even cushions in good condition:
Protect from sunlight
One of the most common solutions for cleaning fabric furniture is to position the furniture under the sun for short periods of time, particularly the more expensive ones. Sunlight does however have its benefits: it can help increase the life of the covers, hide away dirt and to give your furniture an ‘ instrumental’ appearance. On the down side, long exposure to the sun can fade the colours of the covers and leave the cushions looking tired and old.
Environmentally Friendly Upholstery Cleaning
Another common technique for cleaning fabrics is known as ‘ fade-crisp’ or ‘re-waxed’. This is where you spray a chemical on the fabric or cushions and leave it for a day. Sometimes this works, other times it doesn’t. If you spray too much on the fabric the colour may bleach, or it could leave a sticky residue which doesn’t let the colour get into the fabric, causing it to look dull. If you reach this stage, repeat the process again.
So how do you know when to say it’s time to re-clean your fabric furniture? When the removal of the dust is so obvious that you can see it
When you dust a fabric sofa or chair, use a feather duster in rings around the room to dust the cushions at the same time. A baby feather duster or a cheap dryer ball works fine. When you apply your dusting clothe to the fabric, if you see that you can’t get the dust off your covers or cushions, you know that it’s time to go and re-clean.
There’s a lot of dust that collects on the surface of covers and cushions. Check them regularly to see if they need cleaning. Another way to check is the quality of the fabric. Don’t be fooled by open-rug care; this is really only the minutest fraction of the full product life of the fabric. What you’re really after is deep cleaning to the full depth of the fabric. The cushion covers on top and seats should be as clean as the fabric underneath.
Many people use extra scotch-on type products on covers as they think it will do a good job. If you’re left with any stains, this can clarification if last round doesn’t scrub it off.
When using fabric can conditioner, you don’t do what you think you’re doing. You’re cleaning the stain by applying a product that can cause damage to a stain-resistant fabric should it come into contact with the moisture it’s unlikely an oil stain will allow to happen.
When you have control over the fabric you’re cleaning, you know exactly what fabric you’re after and what intervals to do the job. This gives you more confidence that you’re lifting the fibers and not damaging the fabric.