By BatSheva Vaknin
Upholstered armchairs and sofas are comfortable and attractive additions to any home. When neglected, however, upholstery can quickly turn into next years yard sales featured item. Help the upholstered furniture in your dining room, living room, family room and bedroom last for years and years, by getting to know the ABCs of upholstery preventative and corrective care.
Other items that can cause permanent damage include dark-colored sheets and blankets, for when damp or wet, the dark dyes on these fabrics can rub off and ruin your upholstery. Finally, paints and polishes, such as nail or shoe polish, should never be used on upholstery. Make sure to cover your upholstered furniture when painting your living room, dining room, or bedrooms!
Heres a tip for keeping your favorite chairs & couches clean: don’t be fooled by the zippers on those cushions: the cushion covers are NOT meant to be removed and washed separately! Before you vacuum, remove the cushions. Beat them, rotate them, then vacuum them.
When remnants of the spill still remain, use a fabric cleaner. Here are some guidelines:
Dry Cleaning Solvent (Energine®, Carbona®, K2r®): Protein/Enzyme Laundry Detergent (Era®) Dilute with 30 parts water: Distilled White Wine Vinegar Dilute with 9 parts rubbing alcohol
Protect, clean and care for your upholstered sofas, chairs and loveseats using these tips and guidelines. With a little attention, the upholstery in your living room, dining room, family room and bedrooms will look fantastic for a long, long time.
About the author:
A Yale graduate, BatSheva Vaknin writes plays, screenplays, and articles on topics ranging from finding the worlds greatest pizza to decorating a childs room. She has just completed her first novel.
From the time she was a child, Sonya spun stories to entertain herself and her siblings. Once she graduated from high school, she put her writing aside and attended college where she studied Secondary Education, majoring in English. She's represented by literary agent Nicole Resciniti.
Sonya's website can be found at https://sonyaweiss.com/
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