The best way to keep fabric looking like new for years to come is to start by buying performance fabrics. Performance fabrics are fabrics engineered so that the performance of the fabric is the major parameter. Because of performance fabrics the old shout, “Not in the living room!” has been replaced with “Oh, go ahead.” Places in the home where kids and pets were formerly banned are now open for exploration thanks to durable upholstery.
Some popular fabrics in the performance collection include Crypton , Sunbrella , Microban, Ultrasuede and Sensuede. Not only do they have an enduring aesthetic appeal but a high performing durability that will look good for years to come. This is why we recommend using them for your furniture upholstery from the beginning. But in case that’s not an option, here are 3 tips to help keep your fabric looking like new.
Clean Up Spills
When spills happen, it’s best to clean them up right away. Rinse a sponge with water and blot out the stain—never rub. Then, press dry with a cloth or paper towels. If your furniture cannot be cleaned with water, use vinegar or vodka on a cloth to blot the stains. Don’t worry, the smell of both vinegar and vodka will disappear when the area is dry.
To preserve the life of your cushions, rotate and flip them over on a regular basis. Also, if your sofa has cushions that are all the same size and shape, the center one needs to be changed frequently. Doing this not only maintains their form, but keeps them from being in the same sun pattern, helping them to preserve their color.
Over time, it’s very likely your upholstery will acquire some unusual smells. The best way to deal with this is by sprinkling baking soda on your upholstery, letting it sit for 20-30 minutes, then vacuum it off.