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Cleaning & Maintenance: TLC for padded furniture

So you have found a set of upholstered furniture that fits your personality and lifestyle perfectly. What now? Upholstered furniture requires regular care to prevent early wear and tear and to keep it in tip-top shape longer. Here’s a rough guide to giving your upholstered furniture the TLC it deserves.

Once a week cleaning, remove dust, dirt and tiny particles using a vacuum cleaner or a soft brush to prevent these from being deposited into the fibers.

Spills and stains should be avoided at all costs. But just in case accidents happen, do not dilly-dally. The longer the stain stays on the material, the more difficult it will be to remove it. Manufacturers advise buyers to follow the cleaning instructions printed on the label. Cleaning instructions usually come in codes: W – applies to furniture that uses nylon or polyester. For this kind of material, you must clean the furniture using water-based solutions like detergents or mild soaps; S – furniture in wool, cotton, linen and silk material must be cleaned with a mild water-free dry cleaning agent; WS or SW – can be cleaned with a mild cleaning agent with or without water (see the “W” and “S” methods); X – can only be cleaned with a light brush or vacuum as cleaning solutions can destroy or distort the material.

Keep your upholstered furniture away from direct sunlight. Constant sun exposure can bleach the fabric or lead to fraying. Also keep your home well-ventilated as upholstered furniture quickly absorbs odors. Maintain the cushions’ shape by regularly fluffing or turning them over. And when you feel that your furniture already looks worn and shabby, call in the professionals to bring it back to its former glory.

Handy Hints
• Vacuum or clean with a soft brush every week
• Spills and stains should be cleaned up immediately
• Keep upholstered furniture away from direct sunlight


Source: Special to Classifieds