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Ways to Make Your Furniture Last Longer

Our homes speak volumes about our lifestyles and cleanliness. This is why a lot of people exert some extra effort to make their home look better than average. Thanks to the creative world of interior design, we have a myriad of furniture options to choose from for every nook and cranny in our living spaces. But how to take care of your furniture after investing so much money in it? Or more simply put, how to make your furniture last longer? Aside from upholstery cleaning, these quick tips can help keep your furniture tidy. 

Upholstery Cleaning

Small dust particles can accumulate over time, causing your furniture to look old and faded. Of course, stains can ruin your furniture, too. So, if you hope to keep your furniture for many years to come, upholstery cleaning is the best solution. Between professional cleanings, you can also dust and vacuum your furniture to help maintain its appearance.

Use Appropriate Cleaners

Do you own bottles of all-purpose cleaners at home? Beware of using them when it comes to cleaning your furniture. They’re not fit for all types of material and fabric. For example, undiluted vinegar for wood is not recommended. It’s too harsh for the material. Leather requires certain stain removal products. And of course, not all bleaches are color-safe. They can ruin your fabrics. Overall, it’s important to use specific cleaners for specific types of furniture, which is why it’s a job best left to the professionals. If  you try to clean up a stain that won’t come out, it may actually make it harder for a specialist to remove. 

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Did you know that direct sunlight can damage your furniture? You have to be careful about this, especially for fabrics. You can place some of your furniture in more shaded areas, or hang window treatments that control the amount of sunlight that passes through your home. Just be aware that direct sunlight will eventually cause fabrics to fade. 

Paint or Refinish

Aside from professional upholstery cleaning, a new dash of paint or varnish can give your old furniture a fresh look. Refinishing is another option that can also bring back your furniture’s pristine condition.

Polish

When polishing hardware or furniture, be sure to select a polish with a mild abrasive. Stay away from polishes that have ammonia because it causes corrosion. Also, don’t forget to protect the rest of the surface area with masking tape. 

Use Slipcovers

To prevent stains, you can also invest in slipcovers. If you have kids or dogs at home, this is a helpful way to prevent stains on your furniture. Instead of worrying about messes and stains, you can simply use slipcovers as an additional safety barrier. This is also an easy way to change the look of your furniture. 

Set House Rules

Let’s just say it’s true that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. If you want your furniture to last longer, prevent stains as much as possible. Set house rules and talk to kids about how to take care of belongings. For example, make sure there’s no eating on the couch, or no colorful markers on the bare dining table. 

Upholstery Cleaning and Maintenance 101

If your furniture is suffering from tough stains or pet odors, upholstery cleaning is just what your home needs. Legacy Carpet Cleaning can help you out. We make sure that we provide special solutions for your unique needs. Schedule an appointment today and we’ll provide you with a free estimate at 925.967.4550!

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