Upholstery Care Tips

 

Quality upholstered furniture is designed to last a long time, but it does require some regular maintenance. Follow these steps to make sure that your upholstered pieces look their best for a long time to come:

  • Flip, fluff, and rotate loose seat and back cushions at least once a week to distribute material and wear evenly.
  • Vacuum all fabric weekly using the upholstery attachments to pick up any loose particles and debris that could cause your upholstery to wear.
  • Avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight. All fabrics and leather will fade over time.
  • Place furniture cups or non-skid disks underneath legs to help protect your floors and carpet.
  • Periodic cleaning by a professional upholstery cleaning service is highly recommended.

 

*Please note that although cushions may feel firm on the day of delivery, they will soften and settle with time.

 

Cleaning:

Furniture Protection Plan

Many stains can be removed by a professional. If your stain is from an incident or accident and you purchased your furniture with a Furniture Protection plan within the last 5 years, contact the plan provider before attempting any cleaning or repair yourself.  If you  purchased the plan prior to June 2015 call 800-686-5559.  If you purchased the plan after June 2015 a claim can be filed by app (iTunes & Android), phone, or website


Upholstery Accidents and Professional Cleaning

Professional cleaning is always the preferred method of cleaning your upholstery. However, if you decide to spot clean on your own, be sure to follow the industry standard cleaning methods indicated by the fabric codes found on the law tag.

  • Always pre-test cleaning agents in a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding.
  • Never use strong chemicals or detergents.
  • When cleaning a spill, always blot immediately - never rub - to remove spilled material with a clean absorbent white cloth.
  • Clean spots or stains from the outside to the middle of the affected area to prevent rings.
  • Pile fabrics may require brushing with a non-metallic, stiff bristle brush to restore appearance.

 

Standard Cleaning Codes:

  • W: Water-based cleaning agents or foam may be used. Never use tap water. Use distilled water, as tap water contains minerals that may cause rings or fading.
  • S: Only mild, water-free cleaning solvents should be used. Never use water. Do not dry clean in parts.
  • SW: Water-based cleaning agents, foam or mild water-free cleaning solvents may be used. Never use tap water. Use distilled water, as tap water contains minerals that may cause rings or fading.
  • X: Clean only by vacuuming or light brushing to remove overall soil. Never use water, foam or liquid cleaning agents.

Note: For prewashed fabrics upholstered onto a frame, follow the S cleaning code.

 

Slipcovers

When it’s time for overall cleaning of your slipcovers, it is important to follow the manufacturers’ instructions to prevent shrinkage or fading. Not all slipcovers are washable; some require professional cleaning. Note: Laundered fabric may still require an “s” cleaning code for spot cleaning so that ring residue and shrinking is avoided.

 

Machine washable slipcovers

Divide slipcovers into manageable washloads. Always wash the entire slipcover for uniform results. Close all zippers and Velcro closures prior to washing. Use cold water and mild detergent. Tumble dry on low until slightly damp; remove promptly to reduce wrinkling. Do not line dry as it may stretch the fabric. Some fading and loss of sizing is to be expected.

 

Dry clean only slipcovers

Always dry clean the entire slipcover for uniform results. Close all zippers and Velcro closures prior to cleaning. Some fading and loss of sizing is to be expected.

 

Fading

All fabric will fade over time, although how fast this occurs is largely determined by the material content, color and the amount of direct sunlight to which the piece is exposed. Cotton fabrics and primary colors show fading the fastest. Always avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight, as fading is not covered under the manufacturers’ warranties.

 

Pilling

Fabric pilling is normal. Pilling can be controlled through the use of a fabric shaver; available at most fabric shops. Pilling will eventually cease over time if maintained through shaving. Shaving does not affect the fabrics performance or longevity.

 

Dye lot, shading or crushing

Variation in color especially on natural fabrics (cotton) is to be expected. That’s why it’s recommended to purchase all pieces of a collection at the same time. Shading and crushing of fabrics like chenille, velvet or micro fiber is also to be expected.  

 

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