- Vacuum regularly or brush with a stiff brush to remove dust and grime
- Reverse and rotate seat and back cushions often to increase longevity
- If possible, protect your furniture from direct sunlight to prevent fading
- Know your fabrics content and cleaning codes. Clean up spills as soon as they occur.
SPILL TIPS: Pat immediately with a soft white cloth. Do not saturate fabric with cleaner – more is not better. Always test cleaners before using. Pat instead of rubbing. Clean stains from the outer edge in, this will prevent “circling”.
- Depending on use, an overall cleaning is recommended at least once a year. Avoid waiting until severe soiling before you have your furnishings cleaned as it is more difficult to restore the fabric. Using a professional, qualified cleaning service is recommended. Upholstered furniture should be cleaned with seat and back cushion casings in place.
Slipcovered Furniture Care:
- Refer to guidelines noted above
- There are several ways to clean your slipcovers:
- You can expect 3 to 5% shrinkage in all washable fabrics. This can make a big difference if your slipcover is form fitting, so consider if it can tolerate shrinkage
- Pre-treat any stains and close all zippers to prevent damage. Don’t overload the washer. If necessary, split the load, but always wash all parts at the same time.
- Use only cold water and a mild detergent.
- If you choose to dry in a dryer, the best setting is “air dry”. Remove the slipcovers while they are still damp and put them back on the base and allow to finish drying before using. For most fabrics this would take approximately 2 to 3 hours.
- Dry Cleaning
- Use a reputable dry cleaner – know your fabric content (cotton/cotton & polyester etc…)
- Clean all parts at once. Be aware that there may still be some shrinkage – 3 to 5%
- Professional In-Home Cleaning
- Use a professional in-home upholstery cleaning service. It is best to have it cleaned while it is still on the base.
Upholstered Leather Furniture:
Know your leather! There are many different types of leather and leather finishes. It is very important to know the manufacturers’ suggested cleaning and maintenance of your furnishings.
- Most leather gets better with age. The more you use it, the better and more vintage your leather furniture will look
- As with fabric, leather will fade and sometimes dry out if it is in direct sunlight. Keep leather out of direct sunlight using drapery and/or blinds.
- Never use detergents, saddle soaps, polishes, or preserves. They can remove the natural oils
- Dust using a soft cloth dampened with distilled water and vacuum seat deck and cushions.
- Most minor surface scratches will generally fade over time. Simply rub them with your fingertip. The warmth of your hand releases natural oils that help marks disappear
General Wood Furniture Guidelines:
- Dust using a dry soft cloth.
- Keep wood furniture away from direct heat. In a dry climate or direct sunlight, even kiln-dried furnishings may experience some shrinkage or cracking
- Dampness damages wood furniture and wood veneers. Use coaster!
- All wood furniture has some irregularities in the wood – it’s natural. It is part of its natural beauty.