Fabric Care: 6 Quick Tips To Care For Your Fabric Furniture
Fabric furniture is very popular in many homes. As with any type of home decor, it needs proper care to ensure a long life.
Top Tips for Fabric Care
Is fabric easier to care for than wood? Yes. Than leather? Definitely not. But, with these quick tips, you can keep your fabric furniture in great condition and free of germs.
1. Dust Regularly With A Vacuum
One of the best ways to keep your fabric furniture clean is to vacuum it on a regular basis. This will help to remove any dirt or dust that may have accumulated.
Dusting your fabric will help to remove any allergens that may be present. There are many reasons to dust regularly, such as improving the quality of the air that your family breathes.
Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., and gems thrive in dusty environments. With a good vacuuming session, you won’t give them a place to call home.
2. Manage Spills And Stains
If you happen to spill something on your fabric furniture, be sure to clean it up as soon as possible. Blot the spill with a dry towel and avoid pressing the spill at all costs. This will help to prevent permanent stains from forming.
To protect your fabric furniture from spills, stains, and even scratches from your pets, you may also want to consider using a protective cushion, an extra slipcover, or a tablecloth.
What if it's already too late? Some people mix a small amount of soap with water to spot clean. Don't do this!
You're better off using a stain remover specially made for fabric furniture. Otherwise, sticky residues may accumulate, or you may damage the quality of the material.
3. Use A Fabric Protector
One of the best ways to keep your fabric furniture looking new is to protect it from spills and stains by using a fabric protector.
How does a fabric protector protect, you may be wondering?
Like wood or leather protectors, fabric protectors form a barrier between the fabric and any liquids or dirt that may come in contact with it. This keeps your furniture shielded from the elements - whether we're talking about stains, scratches, or mold.
4. Avoid Direct Sunlight
Is fabric susceptible to UV rays? Of course! This means you should avoid placing it in direct sunlight for too long. Otherwise, your furniture will fade over time and lose its color and texture.
5. Keep Furniture Away From Heat Sources
Just like you should avoid placing your fabric furniture in direct sunlight, you should also keep it away from any heat sources, such as radiators and fireplaces.
The high temperatures can cause the fabric to fade and may even damage the material.
Why? The heat causes the natural fibers to break down, which weakens the fabric and makes it more susceptible to rips and tears.
6. Preventing Mold and Mildew
It's not our favorite topic, but mold can grow on fabric furniture if it is not dried properly after being wet. The best way to prevent mold from forming is to make sure your furniture is completely dry at all times. The best way to quickly and efficiently dry wet furniture is by using high-volume fans directed at the area and a dehumidifier.
Keep Your Fabric Good As New
Caring for fabric furniture is not difficult, but it is important to do it regularly if you want your furniture to last. These six tips will help you keep your furniture looking great and free of germs.
If you have enjoyed reading about furniture care, check out our article on leather care! You are amazing for giving your fabric the love it deserves!