Not All Upholstery Fabric are Equal: Cleaning Tips for Different Fabrics

Upholstery Fabric

Upholstery FabricYour upholstered sofas and chairs turn a normal house into a comfortable and cozy home. However, routine and proper care must be done to ensure that you and your family will enjoy them for many years to come.

Likewise, because upholstered furniture come in different fabrics, it is critical that you know their basic characteristics so you can clean them properly. Note that you should also read the recommended cleaning method of your furniture’s manufacturer.

Below are some of the more common fabrics used for sofas and chairs:

  • Cotton: Cotton is a popular fabric choice but its durability will be dependent on the finish and weave. Cotton slipcovers can be cleaned with soap and water, but remember that they fade over time in direct sunlight.
  • Cotton Blends: Considered a family-friendly and sturdy fabric, cotton blends require stain-resistant finishes to protect the weave from daily use.
  • Canvas: Another fabric option normally seen in family rooms. However, its surface can easily show dirt particles and grime so regular vacuuming is advised.
  • Linen: This fabric type is ideal in adult areas or formal sitting rooms because of its delicateness. Very stained pieces must be cleaned professionally. To mitigate staining, blot the stained area with water and soft cleaning cloths, Boise manufacturers suggests, before it has a chance to completely set in.
  • Silk: Like linen, silk is best confined to formal sitting rooms because it is extremely delicate and should be cleaned professionally once soiled. If possible, keep away from direct sunlight to avoid fading.
  • Microfibers: A relatively new fabric option for upholstered home furnishings, microfiber is fast becoming popular because it is very stain-resistant and can be effortlessly cleaned with water and soap.
  • Wools: Are very durable and may be spot cleaned with water and soap if necessary.
  • Damask: Although sturdy, damask must be regularly vacuumed and brushed to prevent breakage.
  • Suede: Use only cleaners specially formulated for suede and never use water for cleaning. Instead, vacuum regularly and eliminate spots with gum erasers.
  • Leather: Routine, gentle vacuuming and damp wiping when necessary will suffice. For very soiled leathers, clean with saddle soap or leather conditioner and some water and pat dry with soft cleaning cloths

While the above are general guidelines, you should still comply with the manufacturer’s cleaning and washing instructions for prolonged lifespan.