From everyday use to animals lounging on your upholstered furniture or kids who have just smeared sticky fingers with hot dog residue, your upholstery takes a beating on a routine basis.

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Upholstered furniture can certainly add charm to your house, but it also requires constant time and care. As with any item in your home that is constantly being used, upholstered furniture gets stained easily, and when not used for a couple of days it ends up covered in dust.

Obviously, the best defense in the world of upholstery is to Scotchguard all of your upholstered fabrics. Due to high technology, this product is the 21st-century plastic slipcover by creating a spill and stain resistant barrier between your furniture and any residue it might encounter. However, not everyone wants to use a chemical product regardless of how supposedly “environmentally green” it is, so there are other ways that you can enjoy your furniture and protect it at the same time.

Regular Cleaning Schedule

Maintaining your upholstery by vacuuming regularly will help to keep your fabric looking like new, so make sure you include your upholstery in your cleaning routine.

Dust isn’t easy to spot on upholstery, but whether you see it or not, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Dust is a real problem because if it isn’t removed regularly, it will get into the fibres of the fabric and solidify. This makes it a lot harder to get rid of, causing the material to wear out a lot quicker. Dust also contains allergens that can give you headaches or sneezing fits.

Vacuum the upholstery as often as you dust any other piece of furniture. If you’re worried vacuuming might damage the fabric, opt for an upholstery brush instead. Remember to turn over your sofa cushions and vacuum underneath them to remove any debris that might have been building up, especially if you have pets that might have pet hair lodged underneath.

Arm Rest and Slip Covers

Protecting your upholstery with arm rests and slip covers is your best defence against soiling and staining, especially if you have pets that are allowed on the furniture. Protecting your furniture by investing in inexpensive arm rests or slip covers helps to keep on top of stains and spills. They are generally washable and can be replaced as the need arises. A simple throw or sheet for your sofa will also do the trick.

Arm rests and slip covers come in a range of sizes that stretch to fit a range of shaped chairs and sofas and they’re a world apart from the plastic couch covers that your grandparents used. Today, they’re quite stylish and give your house a makeover even while you’re trying to cover up your real furniture.

Another smart tip to protect your upholstery from any oil and grease in the air is to use a fan in the kitchen or close the door when you’re cooking.

Freshen the House

Odours are easily absorbed into fabric upholstery, especially if you have pets or smoke. To keep your furniture, carpets, and curtains smelling fresh, make sure your rooms are properly ventilated.

Make it a habit of airing out your upholstery about once a month, but be careful not to expose it directly to the sun for extended periods of time or your upholstered fabric will begin to fade.

If odours persist, you can always use a chemical-free fabric freshener, like Febreze fabric refresher, or something similar, to eliminate odours from the fabric. You can also make your own odour eliminator by combining some baking soda, water and an essential oil of your choice. Your house will be filled with a fresh and light scent without harming the environment in the process.

Keep Cleaning Simple

By following these three simple methods, you can keep your upholstered fabric protected, looking like new with a ventilated and freshened scent that is welcoming for everyone in the house.

Stained Furniture

In case of a stain or a spill, call Kleen Rite today! Stains can be difficult to get out of upholstered furniture as fabric and materials vary. Don’t take the risk in accidentally bleaching part of your couch, or discolouring a leather chair. Instead, call Kleen Rite today! We serve the Southern Ontario area, including Brampton, Niagara on the Lake, Grimsby, and Milton.

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