Buying furniture is an investment, so it’s only right that you’d want to look after your most valuable and loved pieces. Most quality items sold today will come with a set of care instructions, however many of us may have inherited our most treasured antiques and heirlooms, and so lack the knowledge to care for them.
But by following a few simple instructions you can ensure prolonged life and satisfaction with your furniture.
Over time fabrics can wear and lose their charming looks, but there are many ways to keep it looking as good for as long as possible…
- Gently vacuum your upholstery regularly using a brush attachment, as accumulated dirt will accelerate fabric wear. Vacuuming Chenille and Velvet fabrics in the same way also helps to reduce flattening.
- Avoid any sharp objects that may snag fabrics.
- Try to keep pets off Reupholstery.
- Plump up feather, soft back, and seat cushions regularly.
- Keep out of direct sunlight to minimise fading.
- Clean accidental spills as soon as possible. When spot cleaning, test in a small area, which isn’t visible.
Intricate woodwork shows great skill and can be very beautiful so it’s important to use the correct products to maintain its attractiveness.
- Keep your furniture away from heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces, and direct sunlight - these can also affect the colour and dry out the wood.
- Dust once a week with a soft cloth.
- To clean use slightly damp paper towels, being careful not to wet the wood too much. Dry using a soft cloth or paper towels.
- Don’t use silicone based polishes as they can damage the surface over time. Try to use more natural options such as beeswax. When waxing it is best to use a small amount. This only needs to be done maybe once or twice a year.
If you have a sofa or chair with a loose cover, cleaning them may seem a little daunting.
- Always follow the care instruction label that may be sewn into your loose covers.
- As a rough guide most loose cover fabrics can be machine or hand washed at 30 degrees, however if you’re unsure we would suggest contacting a dry cleaners who should be able to advise.
- If you feel your loose covers need replacing, we’d suggest contacting an experienced company such as Plumbs as we can advise on the type of fabric and design that would best suit your piece of furniture.
It is important to take time and care when maintaining your furniture as mistakes can be costly to repair or replace. If you’re unsure of how best to look after aspects of your furniture it is always best to consult an expert.