With the end of the year approaching, most people have one thing on their mind: The holidays. This should be a time to relax and enjoy company, not worry about who’s drinking red wine on your brand-new couch. But sometimes things are out of our control and stains happen. Whether it be from your dog coming inside with muddy paws or Aunt Becky laughing too hard and spilling her drink, that’s life! Although mistakes happen, that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. We’ve gathered a few tips and tricks to help ensure your furniture is in great condition and stays in great condition throughout the holiday season.
Prepping Your Furniture:
The greatest method to extend the life of your furniture is to maintain it. From upholstered sofas and chairs to leather couches and ottomans, your furniture requires regular upkeep to preserve its durability. Think of the fabric or leather of your seating like its skin. We take care of our skin by showering, applying lotion, moisturizer, serums, and sunscreen. We should be giving our furniture the same love.
Tips to protect your leather furniture:
- Have your furniture professionally cleaned and apply a leather protector.
- Avoid oily and mild soaps. These can stain and remove the color of your leather.
- Keep your furniture away from direct sunlight, air vents, and fireplaces. Extreme heat or cold can cause cracking.
- Use a clean, white cloth to wipe away dust, and vacuum in hard-to-reach crevices and cracks.
- Lastly, use a leather furniture conditioner every 6 to 12 months.
Tips to protect your upholstered furniture:
- Invest in and use a furniture stain protectant.
- Vacuum your upholstered chairs and sofas regularly.
- Keep your furniture away from direct sunlight to avoid damage from UV rays.
- If possible, flip your cushions and pillows often to help maintain shape and avoid extra wear to one side.
- Hire a professional to deep clean your furniture once a year.
Furniture Stain Removal:
Now that you know how to protect and maintain your cozy seating, what steps should you take for a stain?
- Your first step should be to check for cleaning instructions on your furniture tags.
- Make sure to blot the stain and do not rub! Rubbing causes the stain to spread and sink deeper into the material.
- Upholstered furniture: For drink stains like red wine, mix baking soda and vinegar. Apply this paste directly to the stained area and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a wet cloth to wipe off the paste and further clean your fabric.
- Leather furniture: For drink stains like red wine, if you have used a leather protectant, the stain should not soak in, and you should be able to wipe it away with a wet cloth. If it does soak in, sprinkle a pinch of baking soda on the area and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. Remember, using too much baking soda can ruin your leather. Wipe the baking soda off with a damp cloth.
There are different methods for removing various kinds of stains. Be sure to research the best practices for other stains such as oil, ink, grease, chocolate, etc.
We’ll Fix It for You:
Stains and rips are bound to happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy a brand-new couch. Your furniture can easily be repaired or reupholstered. If you have a stain or rip you can’t fix, let us fix it for you! Our expert technicians will handle the job at your location to make this holiday season a little less stressful for you and your family. Call us at (515) 276-5453 or request an estimate online.