Furniture is part of what makes a home. Keep it looking great and your home will look even greater. Whether leather, upholstered furniture or hardwood, We have a few furniture care tips 2 on what to do to keep your furniture looking great.
Leather Furniture Care
A fine piece of leather furniture is a prized item in many homes. Thankfully, leather is one of the most durable and easy-to- maintain options on the market. It however, still requires proper care. Because it's a natural material, leather has some unique characteristics. You might notice your furniture has different colors, grains and other natural markings throughout the piece. This is to be expected from a piece of leather furniture. Here are a few tips for proper leather furniture care
- Occasionally wiping your leather furniture with a damp cloth is all it should need to stay looking its best. Clean spills immediately. If left to sit, spots and spills can easily be absorbed by the leather, although leather will naturally repel most liquids on contact. Be sure to blot, not rub, excess spills with a clean rag or sponge. Avoid rubbing in circles.
- Keep bodily fluids away. Sweat and body oil can cause permanent damage to unprotected leather furniture by making it crack and dry out. Be sure to avoid flopping on the couch after a heavy workout so you can keep those stains at bay.
- Let the leather clean itself. Many stains will evaporate from leather over time. Oil or other grease stains can be wiped with a dry cloth and then left alone. It will either evaporate or dissipate deep into the leather in a matter of time. This makes leather a great way to furnish homes with pets or kids. Don't believe the rumors that it will be easily damaged by your children or pets – unless either decides to use it as a scratching post
- Use a conditioner every six months to one year. Leather conditioners are a great way to ensure your leather furniture is cared for. Don't feel like you have to use it once a month. About once every six months to a year is plenty to keep it looking fresh. The great thing about leather is that the more it's used, the better it looks and the softer it gets. This is a great way to ensure leather furniture is used for decades.
Upholstered Furniture Care
Upholstered furniture comes with many benefits, such as increased levels of comfort and unique fabric designs. But upholstered furniture also comes with specific instructions for best care. Consider the following upholstered furniture care tips:
- Vacuum regularly. Learning how to clean your upholstered furniture is the best way to ensure it stays in top shape. Dust, crumbs and other debris act as a natural abrasive. Vacuum regularly or about once a week to keep crumbs, pet hair and dust away.
- Don't worry about pilling. It's natural for most upholstered pieces and doesn't indicate that anything is wrong with the fabric. You can vacuum up the extra pilling or use a sweater or fabric shaver to return your furniture to its original glory.
- Check for potential problems. if you notice buttons coming loose, threads popping up? Fix these problems early on before they become bigger issues. Cut threads or tighten any loose pieces before you start to vacuum.
- Take care of cushions. Rotate your cushions by flipping them over about every few months. Cushions with zippers are a good indicator of a furniture maintenance tip right under your nose.
- Reduce pet hair. Use a lint roller to easily pick up pet hair that has fallen on furniture. Sweater brushes with a bristled head also work well to sweep up loose hairs and trap them in place. Vacuuming might also help with this problem. If your pet seems to be shedding excessively, it might be best to lay an old blanket on the couch.
- Fluff it. Whether it's your cushions or the back of the couch, be sure to fluff it to make it look fresh and hold its shape. This is especially true for upholstered furniture with down, feathers and fiber, which might require more frequent fluffing.