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.
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.
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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.