Important Upholstery Care Tips

Follow these easy suggestions to help keep your upholstered furniture looking brand new.
• To avoid fraying and faded colors, place all upholstered furniture away from sunlight.
• Vacuum upholstered furniture at least once a week, daily is best. If your upholstery doesn’t recieve much use, the abrasive movement of dirt and dust particles can break the fibers of your upholstery. For most upholstered furniture, it is a good idea to beat the cushions and then vacuum and rotate them once a week.
• Use protective arm and head rests to prevent the accumulation of oily dirty. This dirt can be difficult to remove and may require a professional to remove.
• Avoid setting newspapers on your furniture as the ink will bleed onto the furniture.
• Never drape your upholstery with dark colored sheets, the dyes will bleed onto your upholstery.
• Do not use dyes, inks, paint or nail polish on your upholstery, since these chemicals can and will change the color of your upholstery resulting in a stain or discoloration.
• Never remove cushion upholstery for washing, even though they have zippers. They will fade or become damaged.
• Quarterly scheduled professional cleaning will greatly extend the life of your upholstery.
Emergency Stain On Upholstery
1. If you spill something act quickly and soak up the area before it stains!
For a liquid spills:
Cover the area with paper towels. Increase the pressure and use multiple paper towels until no more liquid can be absorbed. DO NOT SCRUB! If the spill remains call a professional today to have the residue completely removed.
For solid (Food):
Quickly lift the food from off the floor making sure no solids remain. Treat any wet stain as mentioned above.
For dry spills (such as ashes or dry cosmetics):
Adding any liquid solution to a dry material, such as ashes or dry cosmetics, will create a wet stain that is very difficult to remove. Vacuum, beat the area with a stick or your fist, vacuum again, and then use the sticky side of duct tape to remove any surface residue. If the dirt remains then call a professional to properly remove the stain.
2. Check with your manufacturer for any cleaning specifications and look for a universal fabric cleaning code on any tags.
The following are the universal fabric cleaning codes used by all furniture manufacturers. Use these codes to conclude what type of cleaning method is best for your particular fabric.
W Use water-based cleaning solutions only, S Use mild (water-free) cleaning solvent, WS Use water-based cleaning solution, or use mild (water-free) cleaning solvent, X means clean by vacuuming ONLY
3. Always test water or a cleaning agent by applying to an inconspicuous area of the fabric. Allow to dry entirely, then check how it alters the fabric if any.
4. Apply water or a cleaning solution in small applications to avoid spreading the stain or causing a ring. Be persistent and repeat the process as necessary.
5. DO NOT RUB and DO NOT SCRUB a fabric; rubbing and scrubbing may result in damage to the nap, loss of color, or spreading of the stain.
6. Maintain the look of the fabric by brushing lightly before the area completely dries.
7. To avoid water spots, use a household fan to speed up the drying time. Dry from the outer edge of the affected area towards the center.
8. If the stain remains then it is best left to a professional, call the Home Pros to solve any stain.