How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Fabric Upholstery?

How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Fabric Upholstery?
January 25, 2024

Fabric upholstery is every homeowner’s pride and joy, as they invest a lot of time into choosing the perfect pieces for their place. But, over time, the dirt, dust, and grime make the upholstery look dull and worn out.

Your upholstered furniture needs proper cleaning and maintenance to prevent this. So, to help you out here, we have discussed some practical tips and tricks to ensure your fabric upholstery remains spotless for years to come.

Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Fabric Upholstery

⇒ Read the Labels

Many homeowners neglect reading the care label on their upholstery and regret doing so when there is damage to the furniture. Avoid this and read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before using products or trying new methods on your fabric furniture.

Pay attention to the letters on the label, as they indicate the type of solution you should use on your specific fabric. Here is a quick guide on different letters and their meaning.

  • W- only use water-based solvents.
  • S- only use non-water-based solvents.
  • X- Only vacuum.
  • W/S- you can use both water and non-water-based solvents.

⇒ Make Vacuuming a Habit

Nothing keeps your sofa and couch looking cleaner and fresher than regular vacuuming. It removes the surface dirt and dust and prevents it from getting deeper inside the upholstery fabrics.

So make vacuuming a part of your daily life and give your couch, sofas, and chairs a once over with vacuuming using upholstery attachments. Depending on the specific needs and requirements, you should vacuum your upholstery 3-4 times a week or more.

⇒ Keep Away from Direct Sunlight

Direct sunlight is extremely dangerous for your furniture, as it can lead to fading and discolorations. The bleaching effect of the sun’s harmful UV rays is the reason for this. To prevent this, place your furniture away from the reach of direct sunlight or install window blinds to block it.

⇒ Don’t Let the Spills Sit

Spills are the worst offenders when it comes to ruining your upholstered fabric’s look. But you can’t always prevent stains, so the next best alternative is to treat the spills as soon as possible.

You need to act quickly for that and blot the spill as soon as possible. It will help remove the spill and prevent it from staining. You can also use an appropriate cleaner for the task if required. But to remove more stubborn stains, you’ll need to clean your fabric sofa with vinegar and dishwashing solution.

⇒ Invest in Fabric Protector

A fabric protector is a practical way to shield your fabric upholstery from wear, tear, and stains. It prevents moisture and spills from getting into the fabric and prevents staining. Moreover, it makes removing dirt, dust and spills easier. A good-quality protectant can also shield your couch or sofa from the sun’s UV rays.

⇒ Get it Deep-cleaned

Apart from regular vacuuming, your fabric upholstery needs occasional deep cleaning to ensure its longevity. It removes accumulated dirt, dust, and deep-seated stains from your furniture and restores its original appearance.

At Xtra Touch Carpet Care, our skilled experts can tackle all the upholstery cleaning issues, from stubborn dirt and dust to recurring stains. You can trust us with your upholstery, and we will ensure it lasts for years to come.