The useful life of an upholstered piece or recliner can be increased
if the consumer follows a few simple rules.
It is very important that
a fabric be chosen that is appropriate for its intended use. For example,
if velvet covers are available in cotton, nylon, and olefin, the nylon
velvet might be appropriate for a large family for use in high traffic
The olefin velvet could also take heavy use and would be an excellent
choice for humid climates where mildew is a problem. The cotton velvet
has less abrasion and soiling resistance and so might be more appropriate
for moderate activity areas.
Weekly vacuuming or light brushing helps to remove soil and prevent
the embedding of dirt or grime between fibers which can increase abrasion
The life of upholstered cushions can be increased through periodic turning.
The weekly reversal of loose cushions will allow even distribution of
wear over long periods of time.
Care instructions may be found on the care and cleaning label attached
with the Fabric Description Hangtag. When spot cleaning, it is always
a good idea for consumers to first pretest fabric for discoloration
and shrinkage on an inconspicuous part of the furniture. When overall
cleaning is required, professional cleaning will often achieve the most
satisfactory results. Never remove cushion covers or arm caps for separate
cleaning. This may destroy the backing, cause shrinking, and color changes.
Vacuum furniture at least once a fortnight, using low suction, as dust
and perspiration will accelerate wear and dull fabric colours.
Reversible cushions should be turned monthly for even wear.
Brush marks on velvet upholstery can normally be removed by light, regular
brushing and regular vacuum cleaning.
Protect your furniture's fabric from direct sunlight. If a thread comes
loose from the fabric, don't pull it. Don't let pets curl-up on unprotected
upholstery. Under no circumstances should you apply water directly to
material containing Viscose as this may cause shrinkage.