Remove dust and pet hair frequently
Collected dust and dirt can act as an abrasive and damage fabric and other materials over time. Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure your pieces last as long as possible. We recommend that you use a vacuum for your fabric furniture and a duster on your hard surfaces to remove dust and pet hair at least once per week. If you need to get dirt out from the crevasses of a fabric sofa or chair, buy a brush with soft bristles that won’t harm the material and keep it exclusively for that use.
Clean stains, spills, and marks as soon as possible
Sometimes accidents happen, and the best thing you can do for your furniture is to take care of messes as soon as possible to prevent lasting damage. If you spill something or notice a watermark on any of your furniture, act quickly because time is of the essence. It’s best to stay away from multipurpose chemical cleaners, especially when dealing with fabric or wood. Instead, create a homemade solution made from equal parts white vinegar and water, and make sure to thoroughly dry any wet areas on wood after spot cleaning.
Condition your leather pieces on a set schedule
Leather furniture is comfortable and lends any home an elegant, stately feel, but if you want it to look great for a long time it needs some regular care. Think about caring for your sofa like going to the dentist—applying some good quality leather conditioner every six months will dramatically reduce the risk of significant damage. Stay on schedule, and you’ll most likely have supple and luxurious leather in your home for years to come.
Apply a fabric protector to increase the lifespan of upholstery
Similarly, fabric furniture needs a little extra TLC from time to time in order to maximize its longevity. It’s best if you can begin an upholstery protection routine soon after buying a sofa, but even if you’ve had a piece for some time you can still help by starting one now. Spray fabric protectors are easy to find in most stores and help guard against spills and regular wear.
High-quality furniture is built to last, and purchasing it in the first place will put you ahead of the game when it comes to preserving your pieces for the long term. Stop by Woodchuck’s Fine Furniture and Decor in Jacksonville to make your dream home a reality.