Among valued heirlooms passed from generation to generation are pieces of quality furniture. For those seeking to pass their heirloom furniture onto the next generation, understanding how to care for it properly is important. While many are aware of the steps recommended for caring for solid wood furniture, furniture with a fabric covering usually requires a little extra care to keep both the wood and the fabric looking like new for years to come.
Dust Often and Dust Well
Whenever you’re cleaning, be sure that part of that time is given to your furniture. Just like wood, fabric furniture required regular dusting to keep it in good shape. Gently vacuum dust from the fabric, paying special attention to crevices where dust could accumulate. Consider procuring a crevice tool to pick up crumbs and dust that may gather at the seams of the furniture. In addition, once dusted a soft cloth, slightly damped with distilled water, can be used to gently wipe down the piece. Dust can cause abrasion to fabric covered furniture, so dusting regularly is important.
Rotate Wear and Tear
For fabric covered furniture pieces with cushions, consider spreading the wear and tear by frequently rotating them. The majority of furniture cushions are reversible, so this should not change the appearance of your furniture. Whenever you vacuum and dust, or about every two weeks, simply flip your furniture cushions over to display the opposite side. All furniture is subject to light wear and tear from constant use, even when well cared for, and rotating cushions will increase their lifespan despite frequent use.
Take Care Of Spills Quickly
Despite the caution used around many heirloom furniture pieces, accidents do happen. When a spill occurs on your fabric covered furniture, be ready to address it immediately. Create a mixture of one part soap and one part distilled water, and spray it onto a damp cloth. Do not rub the stain. Rubbing at a stain can cause it to spread and become worse than it was originally. Instead, gently blot the stained area. After the effected area has been covered in the mixture, take another cloth dampened with only distilled water and use it to gently blot away and of the residue left behind by the soap mixture. Remember to consult a professional before using a home remedy on your heirloom furniture. If a stain proves difficult to remove, consider using Guardsman Stain and Odor Eliminator for Fabric®.
Keep Pets Off
Keeping pets off of fabric covered furniture is a good idea, especially if you want to keep your furniture looking new. Pets not only increase the chance of getting fabric covered furniture soiled, stained, or torn, they also wear down the furniture. Pets have body oils that are rubbed into and left on the materials they make contact with, and these body oils, and the odors that come with them, can be difficult to remove. In addition, pet dander and fur can readily collect on furniture with a fabric covering.
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