Upholstered furniture gets just as dusty as cabinet furniture – the difference is that you can’t always see it. Vacuum or brush weekly to remove the dust and avoid colours becoming dull. Like clothing, upholstery will require cleaning from time to time; this is best done by a reputable cleaning company.
How should I care for my sofa?
Plump the cushions at the end of every day of use, particularly if they are filled with feather or fibre. This extends the life of the fillings and avoids permanent creases being formed. Where possible, turn and reverse the cushions to equalise wear. Try to keep pets off the upholstery and be careful of sharp objects such as belt buckles, toys and watch straps snagging the fabric.
- If a snag does occur, cut off the excess and carefully tuck the end in – do not pull a thread under any circumstances.
- Discourage lively children from using your new furniture as a climbing frame if you want to prolong its lifespan!
- Use protective arm caps where possible as this is the area most likely to show soiling. Arm caps produced from upholstery fabric should preferably be lined to minimise wear.
- Reversible seat and back cushions should be turned weekly.
- Seat, arm and back cushions, including fixed pads, should be regularly plumped up to maintain the shape of your chair or sofa.
- Upholstery can be lightly vacuumed or gently brushed to remove dust, but take care if vacuuming delicate fringe and braid details. Use only a brush, not a vacuum cleaner, on feather or down filled cushions, to avoid pulling feathers out.
- If you notice creases developing (e.g. in the seat area) take care to smooth them out so they do not become permanent.
- Sitting on the front edges of cushions or on the arms of furniture may cause distortion or damage.
Wood or decorative facings require minimal maintenance, and should be occasionally wiped with a damp cloth to remove dust. Do not use polishes or solvents, which might damage either the facings or the adjoining fabric.