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Sofa Care

Caring for Fabric Sofas

Fabric-upholstered furniture adds function and beauty to a home. The choices are many with a wide variety of fibers, fabrics, colours and styles available. With the right care, the life of your fabric furniture can be prolonged.
In order to maintain the appearance and condition of your fabric, it is useful to develop a regular maintenance routine. Below are some tips on how to keep your furniture looking great:

  • Regularly vacuum your furniture to remove dust, dirt and debris.
  • Rotate & plump loose cushions to maintain their appearance and avoid uneven wear.
  • Do not allow body/hair grease and oil to build up.
  • Never use detergents or abrasive cleaners.
  • Try not to place your furniture near heat sources or in direct sunlight, this could cause fading.
  • If you accidentally spill something on your furniture, wipe excess away (do not rub) with a slightly dampened sponge immediately.

The company strongly recommends Service Master for all cleaning issues

Treat spills and stains as soon as possible. Gently scrape any soil or mop any liquid from the surface of the fabric. Use of soap or detergent with water should be approached with caution since overzealous rinsing to remove soap residue may result in over-wetting, water marking and possible wetting of substructure (this may create other stains or damage products).

Blot stain with a soft towel or scrape away the substance. Pre-test the cleaning method on a hidden part of the furniture, using warm water and Vanish Soap (a bar of soap available from most supermarkets). Mix a small amount of soap and warm water solution and apply to the stain, rubbing gently. Blot dry with a clean towel. Apply cool water (preferably rain or distilled water) and blot dry again, then work out from the centre of the stain. Dry quickly to prevent rings forming using a hair dryer or talcum powder. It is generally preferable to clean whole panels of fabric in this way rather than trying to spot clean specific areas. This process should remove most general stains.

We recommend a dry cleaning solvent which should remove oil based stains from the furniture. Apply a similar process as above and ensure the cleaning is done in full panels not spot cleaned.

After the moisture has been blotted up, dab at the stain with a clean cloth dampened in rubbing alcohol. Then blot repeatedly with liquid detergent mixed with cool water. Blot dry with a towel. Dab again with clear cool water and blot dry.

One teaspoon of ammonia in a cup of cold water and apply it sparingly to the spot. Blot with a clean towel. Repeat the procedure until the spot is gone. Then dab the area with cool water and blot. Wait 15 minutes and moisten the area again with white distilled vinegar. Blot thoroughly with a dry towel.

Rub an ice cube over the gum to harden it, then scrape off the excess with a dull knife. To remove what is left, use dry cleaning fluid.

This is a combination greasy/non greasy stain. Scrape excess away, and then go over the spot with cool water mixed with a liquid detergent. Blot thoroughly and then clean with dry cleaning fluid.

Certain clothing and accessory dyes (such as those used to dye jeans) may migrate onto lighter coloured fabrics and vinyl. This phenomenon is increased by humidity and temperature. Clean according to the recommended cleaning guidelines of that fabric, however this type of stain is often irreversible.

Sponge with warm water. Apply warm glycerine. Leave for 30 minutes. Flush out with water and dry quickly.

After excess is blotted up or scraped away, blot the spot with cool water. If a stain remains, add liquid detergent and a drop of vinegar to the water. Dab the spot with this mixture and blot until there is no trace of a stain. Then go over the area lightly with clear water to remove traces of vinegar.

Scrape away excess if necessary and then dab repeatedly at the stain with dry cleaning fluid. If any stain remains, go over the area with a lukewarm mixture of liquid detergent and water. Always make sure you use a clean portion so you don’t put the stain back in the fabric. Last, go over the area with a clean cloth moistened with cool clear water.

Moisten with warm glycerine. Leave for 10 minutes. Apply liquid detergent and brush lightly. Flush out with water, dry quickly.

Apply liquid paraffin to loosen the stain, and then sponge with dry cleaning fluid.

Sponge with water, add warm glycerine and work into stain. Flush out with water, dry.

Blot or scrape away the excess, then take a clean soft cloth and blot. Apply cool clear water to the area, blotting frequently. Then blot with a detergent solution to which you’ve added a small amount of ammonia. Blot dry and wait a few minutes. Go over the area with dry cleaning fluid, blot dry. Finally, blot the area lightly with a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol.

Looking after 100% Real Leather Sofas

At Instyle you’ll find a spectacular range of leather sofas, suites and corner groups made using the finest 100% real leather options from the world’s leading leather suppliers.
Real leather is soft and luxurious making it an ideal choice for furniture. Leather is a natural wonder. It breathes, it is warm and has individual characteristics which are the natural marks and scars and are proudly exhibited as the sign of 100% genuine leather.

The living animal is exposed to various types of influence from the environment. Natural leather proudly bears the hallmarks of its origin.
These individual characteristics and marks have been accumulated gradually over the years. They are not weakening defects and will not shorten the life of the leather.
In fact, they are considered to enhance its appearance and distinguish natural leather from imitations.

Climate plays an important part in determining how to care for leather. If you live in a humid area, you will need a strong cleaner to remove excess perspiration and body oils. In drier climates, you will need to use moisturiser more often.

Dust, dirt and pet hair will cut into the surface of the leather if it is not regularly removed.

Direct sunlight will fade and dry out leather, especially aniline.

Direct air vents (both hot and cold) will accelerate the drying out of the leather, causing cracking.

Natural body Oils can stain and sometimes discolour leather if allowed to settle into the surface. Particular care is required if the owner is using medication as this can appear in the body oils.

Why Does Leather Stretch

All completely natural high-quality leathers will stretch and form comfort creases as a result of being sat on. The effect is called puddling. Puddling occurs from
the initial use period and generally does not continue beyond this, as the amount of stretch is directly related to the amount of compression. Factors that
contribute to the amount of puddling are the size of the leather panel (large panels verses smaller segmented panels), the density of the foam, type of suspension (webbing/no sag springs) and the amount of weight placed on the seat. Puddling is not a fault with the leather; rather it is a good indication of quality manufacturing as large pieces of leather are used.

In the same way  humans develop stretch marks while growing, animals used for leather
also have these identifiable marks. This is arguably more common in the female hides and
skins, with the obvious factor of childbirth, as well as the differing amounts of fats present in
the skin.

During their lifetime, animals may come into contact with various objects that can cut the skin. That can include barbed wire or another animal’s horns and may result in the scarring of the skin.

Once these scars are healed, the tissue is slightly raised. However, it keeps intact its structural integrity.

It is very important that your sofa is cleaned regularly and protection cream is applied every 3 months

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Seat and back cushions

In the first three to six months of use, you can expect some settlement of your seat and back cushions. Foam cushions will compress by 10% to 15%, and feather or fibre cushions by 10% to 20%.

Keep your cushions in beautiful condition by plumping and straightening them daily, and rotating them regularly. Here’s how:

  • Place the seat cushion on the floor with the zip facing upwards.
  • With the flat of your hand, strike it firmly four times on its edge.
  • Rotate the seat cushion and repeat the process on all four edges.
  • Feather and fibre seat cushions should be plumped daily.
  • Hold the seat cushion at the edge of the zip border.

  • Shake the seat cushion downwards four times.

  • Seat cushions should be straightened on a regular basis.

  • Take the left hand seat cushion and switch it to the right hand seat.

  • Move the right hand seat cushion to the left hand seat.

  • Seat cushions should be rotated on a regular basis.


There’s nothing more relaxing than a recliner. Be sure you’re getting the most from yours by using and caring for it properly. Just follow these simple instructions.

Sit back in the recliner with a gap between the footrest and your feet. Pull the recliner handle or press the power button and the footrest will rise. Push back on the arm tops to recline further.

Close the recliner with your legs positioned centrally. Be sure the recliner action is completely closed before getting out directly forward.

Close the recliner with your legs positioned centrally. Be sure the recliner action is completely closed before getting out directly forward.

Additional Recliner Information

The motion of your new manual recliner may feel a little stiff at first. Please allow time for it to ease into use. Seat cushions will soften with use, too.

You may have moved your recliner and dislodged the power pack or cable, or the power cables may have become entangled in the mechanism. Make sure that cables are routed under the recliner mechanism and to the rear of the recliner.

On all recliners, it’s normal to see a small gap between the cushions. This is to allow the seat pad to expand during use so that it does not inhibit the recliner action. This may be exaggerated, depending on the type of flooring you have.

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