The useful life of an upholstered piece of furniture can be increased if you follow a few simple rules. It is very important that a fabric be chosen that is appropriate for its intended use and your lifestyle.
Vacuuming Weekly vacuuming or light brushing helps to remove soil and prevent the embedding of dirt or grime between fibers which can increase abrasion and wear. Never rub fabric vigorously to remove a spot. This can wear down the fibers of the fabric.
Turning, Fluffing The life of upholstered cushions can be increased through periodic turning. The weekly reversal of loose cushions will allow even distribution of wear over long periods of time. Fluff up loose pillows to even out any lumps or settling. Normal use will cause the cushions to lose some of their firmness and should be expected.
Cleaning We recommend the monthly cleaning to consist of warm water and mild soap only.
When spot-cleaning, it is always a good idea to first pre-test the fabric for discoloration and shrinkage on an inconspicuous part of the furniture. When overall cleaning is required, professional cleaning will often achieve the most satisfactory results. Never remove cushion covers or arm caps for separate cleaning. This may destroy the backing or cause shrinking and color changes. Water-based foam cleaners or solvent-based cleaning agents of any kind may cause excessive shrinking, staining or distortion of the surface pile and, therefore, should NOT be used.
Good to know:
All our furniture fabrics carry the furniture industry’s cleanability code adopted in 1969. It gives the consumer information about the proper methods to clean specific fabrics. Care instructions may be found on the care and cleaning label attached with the fabric description hang-tag, - if not, please ask your sales person for specific instructions for the fabric you choose.
Note that sun screen and lotions, some medications and chlorine are harmful to any fabric and can cause discoloration. Blue jeans can also transfer blue dye to many fabrics.