The Essential Do's And Don'ts Of Cleaning Upholstered Furniture

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Upholstered furniture offers a soft, pleasing look to a room. But in order to keep it looking its best, you need to keep it clean. Follow these do's and don'ts to keep your upholstery looking its best without the worry of ruining it.

Do: Vacuum the upholstery once a month.

Dust and debris can build up over time and work their way deeper into the fabric, slowly discoloring it. The best strategy is to keep up with the dust so it's removed before it gets ground in too deeply. Vacuum the upholstery once a month, using the wand attachment and being careful to get into the corners and crevices.

Don't: Use conventional cleaning solutions.

Many upholstery fabrics are quite sensitive to various cleaning chemicals. They may bleach out or discolor easily. So avoid using all-purpose cleaning sprays, dish soap, and other cleaners that don't specifically state they are safe for use on upholstery. Visit the home goods store and purchase an upholstery stain remover to have on hand for emergencies.

Do: Test your cleaner of choice before treating a conspicuous area.

To ensure the stain remover or cleaner you purchase does not discolor your upholstery, start by testing it on a hidden area, such as along a seam on the underside of the seat. Wait a few hours, and then check the area to ensure it's still the proper color. Now that you know your cleaner is safe, you won't have to waste time testing it after you discover a stain you need to remove.

Don't: Rub or scrub a stain.

When cleaning a stain off the upholstery, make sure you use blotting actions, only. Rubbing the stain will just drive the staining material deeper into the fabric. Start by blotting up the liquid. Then, apply your stain remover and wait for as long as is recommended on the bottle. Finally, blot up the stain remover, applying plenty of pressure and exchanging your towel for a clean one as needed.

Do: Deep clean your upholstery about once a year.

An annual deep cleaning will help remove oils and dust particles that get trapped in and beneath the fabric. If you have a carpet shampooer with an upholstery attachment, you can do this cleaning yourself. Just make sure you don't apply too much water and turn on the fans to encourage the upholstery to dry quickly. Alternatively, most carpet cleaning companies also offer upholstery cleaning services.

Contact a company like Bob Arkus Custom Upholstery Inc to learn more.

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