There is nothing quite as comfy and inviting as a beautifully upholstered sofa. Claire Gibson from leading furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy, offers some tips on how to keep your upholstery looking good for years.
If you are looking for a sofa that is both comfortable and a showstopper, then one covered in upholstery is the perfect option. Claire Gibson says, “With the right care, fabric upholstery can look good for many years, and it can be as durable as any other upholstery options.”
Invest in a fabric treatment
If you are investing in a luxury fabric sofa, then investing in fabric treatment is a must, as it goes a long way to ensuring that your sofa will maintain its good looks for years to come. You can get your sofa treated before it is delivered, or you can opt to invest in upholstery fabric that has already been treated, such as iClean™ fabric from La-Z-Boy for example.
Claire explains: “High-performance iClean fabrics are perfect for homes with children, pets and everyday life. This innovative technology surrounds each fibre, creating a barrier of protection that repels spills before they turn into stains.”
Clean your fabric sofa regularly
It is highly advisable to give your sofa a really good clean on a regular basis, advises Claire: “The fibres in the upholstery collect dirt… Over time, these particles will not only discolour the fabric, but they rub against the fabric’s threads, which will end up wearing the fabric down.” Follow these three steps to maintain your upholstery:
- Vacuum your sofa: Vacuum at least once a week to draw out all the loose dust and dirt from both under and above the surface. Use a soft brush attachment and gentle movements to avoid damaging the fabric.
- Wipe away any marks: After vacuuming, wipe away any grime or light marks with a damp cloth.
- Perform a deep cleanse: Once a month, use a fabric-friendly cleaning product to perform a deep cleanse. Apply it to the fabric with a minimum amount of water (without soaking the fabric) and leave it to work its magic.
Claire says that aside from cleaning, there are a few other things that can be done to maintain the beauty of your fabric sofa – these include:
- Avoid heat damage: Exposing fabric to UV-rays from direct sunlight will eventually make it fade and become brittle. This not only applies to the sun however – it is advisable to also keep your fabric sofa away from radiators, fireplaces, hot pipes and heaters.
- Plump your cushions: It is important to service your cushions to ensure that they keep their shape and provide the best comfort possible. Plump out the seat, arms and back cushions as often as possible.
Treating spills and stains
No matter how careful you are, accidents still happen. There are various “treatments” that are specific to specific substances – here is a rundown of some of them:
- Alcoholic drinks: Dab with an absorbent cloth to remove as much excess liquid as possible. Then sponge the area sparingly with a mixture of warm water and surgical spirits in equal parts.
- Black coffee: Mix alcohol and white vinegar in equal parts, and soak a lint-free cloth in the solution. Then lightly dab the stained area before pressing gently with an absorbent cloth.
- Blood: Remove any excess blood by blotting with a damp sponge, then gently dab the area using undiluted vinegar, followed by cold water.
- Butter, grease or sauces: First, scrape the area in question with a spoon or knife to remove any excess oil. Then soak a lint-free cloth in a white spirit and gently dab the affected area.
- Chocolate, egg or milk: Dab around the edge of the stain and work your way inwards with a cloth soaked in a white spirit. Then repeat the action with a cloth soaked in diluted vinegar.
- Fruit, fruit juice or red wine: Immediately dab the stain with a 3:1 mixture of surgical spirits or rubbing alcohol and water.
Contact: La-Z-Boy (www.la-z-boy.co.za)