Extend the Life of your Upholstered Furniture
If you want to keep your upholstered furniture in good condition for as long as possible, it is important to take good care of it. Here are some ways to do that:
Keep your furniture away from heat sources, such as radiators and fireplaces. It will damage the fabric and also discolor the padding.
Use a cushion with removable covers if you have pets. That way, you can wash the covers frequently without having to replace the entire cushion.
Avoid placing drinks on upholstered furniture. Spills will soak into the fabric and permanently stain it.
Don’t store things on your upholstered furniture. It can cause damage to the fabric, and you don’t want to place heavy items on the arms of your couch or chair.
Clean spills as soon as possible. Don’t let them soak into the fabric, or they will be more difficult to remove.
Wash your upholstered furniture covers regularly to keep them clean and fresh-smelling. If you have pets, wash them every two weeks at least.
Use a mild detergent that is designed for washing upholstery and cover it with a plastic sheet while it dries.
Buy a slipcover for any upholstered furniture that you want to keep looking good over time. This will help protect it from stains and make it easier to clean.
You can also buy slipcovers for your cushions if you have pets in the house, so that you can wash them frequently without having to replace the entire cushion every time.
Replace the upholstery if it is starting to look worn or damaged. It’s much easier to do this before the fabric starts to tear and you have permanent stains on your furniture.
Make sure that you keep your upholstered furniture out of direct sunlight. The sun will fade the fabric and make it discolor over time. It will also cause fading and yellowing of the foam padding underneath.