“Exactly what do you mean I need to keep my brand-new couch? I spent all this money on the thing and now it wants more of my time and attention?!”
I used to hear this all the time when I sold furnishings for a living. As soon as I started to tell my clients how to care for their brand-new upholstery, the rivers of animosity would flow. Let me share with you what I told them about why easy maintenance/upholstery cleaning is not only needed however worth the effort.
There’s your new couch or sofa reigning gloriously in your living-room: the perfect shape, design and size, resplendent in the fabric that you agonized over for weeks. But all too often, a year later on it looks as though it’s been through a bad episode of Survivor. The cushions are lumpy, the material is wrinkled and run down, and everything looks uneven and neglected.
Exactly what occurred? Presuming you started with a quality piece, you didn’t remember to fluff, flip and protect your investment!
Fluff. Because cushions are not made of concrete, but of soft materials, they have to be routinely fluffed to keep their shape and convenience. By fluffed, I suggest punched, prodded, jabbed and pushed around to refresh the shape and loft of the cushions … similar to you do with your bed pillows when they flatten out.
In fact, fluffing can be healing. When life gets discouraging, punching my cushions has a favorable effect, and I kill 2 birds with one stone!
Firmer cushions normally take less fluffing, and squishy ones filled with down take more, but any cushion that gets sat on must be fluffed a minimum of every couple of days. I normally fluff mine every night just before I go to sleep to keep them feeling and look fantastic. And it’s no big offer; it takes about 2 minutes.
Flip. About every two weeks, you ought to flip your upholstery cushions. This will make sure that they wear evenly and will assist to preserve their shape. Both the seat and back cushions require this regular change to perform their finest.
If your chair or sofa has a connected back cushion, this will be a bit more difficult but can still be achieved. Connected back cushions usually have a zipper opening at the bottom, and the cushion innards can be pulled out, turned over, and reinserted.
When looking for new furniture, I constantly pick separated back cushions. They’re not just simpler to maintain, but considering that they have 2 sides, they last twice as long … supplying I flip them regularly.
On a three-cushion sofa, people generally avoid the center cushion. As a result, that cushion will get the least wear. If your sofa has T-cushions (meaning they wraps around the front of each arm, as in this example), you can’t move the center cushion to the end– you can only turn it over.
But if your couch has cushions that are all the exact same shapes and size, the center one can be regularly turned to the ends, considerably extending your cushion life.
Fuss. I utilize this word for the sake of illustration, however I mean routine upholstery cleaning. It’s easy to see dust on a shiny tabletop, and you’re quickly motivated to obtain out the feather duster. But even though you normally can’t see it, the exact same amount of dust has picked your upholstery.
In this case, “Out of sight, out of mind” leads to a decrease of the fabric’s life. As we sit on a dirty cushion, the dust comes down into the fibers and imitates sandpaper, triggering the product to wear far more quickly.
So every time you dust your wood furniture, keep in mind to be simply be as kind to your upholstery. Get out the vacuum and do a quick once-over. I find a little handheld vacuum to be really efficient and hassle-free.
When I was a youngster, I would take a look at these “under charge of law” tags and think the police would come transport me off if I attempted remove them. Lots of other individuals must have believed the exact same thing, since when I would go to take a look at a customer’s new sofa, there was often the ugly tag hanging from the upholstery.
Please eliminate this tag, but do not throw it away. It contains a fount of valuable details about your brand-new upholstery, like the body and cushion content, style and fabric numbers, and shipment date. Staple it to your billing or warranty and file it securely away. Doing this will virtually ensure you will never require it.
A couple of other things: Direct sunshine is the bitter enemy of your brand-new upholstery material. Ultraviolet rays are simply as damaging to your piece as small children with irreversible markers. Luckily, there are alternatives to keeping your shades permanently closed. Stain defense is one of the very best financial investments you can make in upholstery care. I usually avoid every extended service warranty provided to me by a sales representative, but I buy a stain warranty. Not only will expertly applied stain protection aid make your piece easier to clean, but it will help retard the impacts of ultraviolet rays.
Honestly, would you ever expect your shiny new car to preserve itself? Your new upholstery is simply as needy.
Give us a call when it is time to clean your upholstery.
MBHS Carpet Cleaning
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577