You can never be too careful in taking care of your carpet and upholstered furniture. No matter the degree of caution that you employ in safeguarding your home, the life of your upholstery is simply not that predictable — especially if you have kids who treat couches as trampolines and would jump around on one whenever there’s an opportunity. And then there’s the typical household member or friend that comes to visit every other day and prefers to eat while propped up on the couch. Household pets can do as much damage as well. Lastly, there’s the inevitable effects of wear and tear that can turn new furniture upholstery into ugly-looking rags. Even if you live alone, accidents can still happen.
But that doesn’t mean you’re totally helpless when it comes to your upholstered furniture and carpets. Below are some of the things that you can do to help you deal with all sorts of damage that your upholstery will take in its lifetime.
Don’t let dirt and dust to accumulate on your upholstery for more than a week. Vacuuming should be at the top of your house cleaning list — with the help of a vacuum cleaner and upholstery attachments, you can remove all types of dirt, dust, and grime in the hard-to-reach corners of your living room furniture. This also gets rid of any pet hairs that are stubbornly stuck on the surface and corners of the sofa.
The key to removing a stain from coffee wine, and all sorts of other beverages spilled on your carpet or furniture is to clean the stain immediately while the stain-causing chemicals found in the beverages have not yet set in. Doing so will increase your chance of getting a permanent and ugly stain on your carpet or couch after a spill incident.
Most homeowners make the common mistake of rubbing and scrubbing the stains off on the upholstery fabric because they don’t realize that this actually spreads the stain instead of removing it. This is a mistake that has ruined the fate of millions of upholstered furniture all over the world. The appropriate thing to do is to blot the stain by laying a fresh rag on it and pressing down so that it can absorb the spilled liquid in the fabric.
Take the time to learn the different types of cleaners that are available for removing stains in fabric. There are cleaners that are specifically effective in removing coffee stains or wine stains from silk, cotton, or any furniture fabric. Stay away from using general all-purpose fabric cleaner to avoid accidentally causing damage to your furniture even more.
Aside from the type of stain
and fabric, you should also take into consideration the color of the fabric and its age. If the upholstery is made of old fabric that requires preserving, it’s advised that you let a professional upholstery cleaner or carpet cleaning company to do the cleaning for you. If you’re undecided on what fabric cleaner to buy, check the care tag that’s attached to the carpet or furniture to know its material composition and washing instructions. Below are the washing instructions commonly imprinted on fabric tags.
S – For dry cleaning only. Keep away from all types of liquid cleaning solutions.
W – Clean only using liquid-based fabric cleaners.
X – For professional cleaning only. Vacuuming and light brushing is allowed. Any other self-cleaning methods is highly discouraged.
WS – For cleaning with water-based or water-free cleaners only, depending on the type of upholstery fabric. Self-cleaning is allowed.
Even if you’re certain that you have the right fabric cleaner with you, something could still go wrong. There’s the possibility that the fabric will suffer from irreparable damage while reacting to the chemicals found in that cleaner. To avoid this costly mistake, always do a test first by cleaning a small and inconspicuous portion of the fabric with the cleaner and see how it reacts.
By following the guidelines above, you can preserve and maintain your much-loved and priceless upholstered furniture and add many more years to its life.Read More