Upholstery protects and beautifies your furniture but it is also necessary to protect it. Moreover, the fun fabrics you drape over your favorite sofa or chair are only as good as your determination to maintain them thus extending the life of your furnishings. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help protect your upholstery and which in turn leads to furniture that lasts for many years. At Kip’s Carpet Cleaning in Ottawa, one of our specialties is cleaning and restoring upholstery but there are things you can do as a homeowner to help maintain beautiful furniture. Here are some tips we recommend to help you maintain your upholstery.
Choose fabrics that are easy to clean: Microfiber, acrylics and polyester are all fabrics that are relatively easy to clean for the average homeowner. In contrast, fabrics such as wool and cotton can be a challenge to clean unless it is done by professionals like us.
Learn the furniture cleaning codes: Pay attention to the cleaning codes manufacturers label their products with so that you can know what to expect when it comes to caring for your upholstery. For example, “W” means that your upholstery should be cleaned with water, “S” means that solvent should be used and “SW” means both a solvent and water can be used.
Prevent soiling: Beat out your cushions once a month, restrict people from eating on your sofa and occasionally brush away crumbs and small stains that appear.
Use a Vacuum: Use a wisk or vacuum at least once a week in order to remove superficial surface dust and dirt from your carpet. This prevents these items from being lodged into your upholstery’s fibers.
Spot Clean: Don’t ignore small spots and stains as they can grow to become big problems. They can imbed themselves into the fibers of your upholstery and ruin the look of your furniture. Gently blot out spills right away with a damp cloth. Before doing so, however, always check the manufacturer’s care tips for your upholstery.
Avoid too much sunlight: Excessive UV can damage certain fabrics. Try to position your furniture so that it is not constantly exposed to extreme sunlight.
Yes, we do carpet cleaning in East Central Kansas and specialize in upholstery care and asbestos abatement as well. We are experts in the care and restoration of carpets, upholstery, etc., and can use our years of experience to help you extend the life of your furnishings, flooring, and more. CallKip’s today!

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