Caring for Older Furniture: How to Prevent the Wear and Tear of Age
Protecting older furniture from wear and tear.
Your furniture is both a constant – something you see and use every single day – and an investment. You want it to last. This is especially true when a piece of furniture is older, such as an heirloom or a piece passed down to you.
To ensure a good long lifetime for your older furniture, there are some steps you can take to care for it and to prevent the wear and tear of age.
Keeping your older upholstered furniture clean is the most important step to preventing wear and tear. Basic spot cleaning when there is a spill is essential. Using a clean white cloth or paper towel, blot the spill repeatedly until you have absorbed the majority of the moisture. Then use plain water to gently clean up any remaining stain. If the spill leaves a stain, contact a professional to have it cleaned properly and to prevent further damage.
Dirt and dust particles left on the fabric are pushed in and can damage the fabric itself, in addition to making the fabric look older and more worn than it is. Be sure to vacuum your older furniture regularly to remove any dirt and dust from the fabric and from around the arms and under the cushions. For furniture with older and weaker fabric, use a dust cloth to remove this dirt and dust regularly.
Keep your furniture away from direct sunlight to protect the upholstery from fading. Also be sure to rotate and flip the cushions so they get equal exposure to light. This will keep all of your fabric a consistent color.
You can extend the lifetime of your older furniture by doing general upkeep to prevent wear and tear. In addition to these simple steps, regular professional cleaning is recommended to clean and protect the fabric from dirt and stains.
Contact us today for information on cleaning your upholstered furniture.