Furniture is the heart and soul of a house. The type, texture and the material of your furniture decides the role of a room. It might be really inappropriate to have that Cambodian leather couch in your kitchen rather than in your living room. Most of us eclectic our furniture hoping for a prolonged use with quality and comfort, but wind up usually with a dissatisfied experience right after a few years of use! This is why taking care of your furniture is utmost necessary.
Here are a few tips on how to take care of your furniture keeping an account on the material used…
- Fabric Furniture
The attractive factor of fabric furniture is that they are really expendable and are easy to maintain. But a regular check-up and measures has to be done for its prolonged use. Include these tips in your routine check-up:-
- Vacuum with upholstery attachments to remove dust, dirt and debris between the fabrics. Also make sure the suction is kept low.
- Spills and marks must be taken care as early as possible because they might get tougher to attend when left unattended for a longer time.
- Say no to detergents and abrasive cleaners. Using high standard fabric cleaners to take care of the spills and stains are recommended.
- Sunlight can be harsh on your fabric furniture. Direct exposure of sunlight might result in color fades and weakened fibers resulting in a total disaster.
- Be cautious while handling sharp objects near your furniture.
We love our pets. But they love our couch more. Pet odors and fur are really 24problematic when it comes to our fabric furniture. Odors are mostly caused by urine and drools. You might end up with a stinking sofa if not attended properly. Use an oxidizing stain remover for those yellow stains and odors.
- Wood Furniture
Just as the price tag states, wood furniture has always been a symbol of royalty and elegance. Since you are spending hug on bringing them home, make sure you maintain them with the same enthusiasm. Follow these 5 tips for extending their lives:-
- Clean your wooden furniture with extreme caution. Use warm water and mild dish soaps for cleaning as high concentrated soaps or detergents are harsh on the texture and polish of the furniture.
- Wipe the water and dirt off with soft and clean cloth piece. Use a toothbrush to clean the hard-to-get areas. Make sure you dry-off the moistures present.
- The best way for covering up the finish is to use a good quality soft paste wax. Follow the instructions as in the label and apply a thin coat as directed. Wait for 5 minutes and polish gently with a shoe polish brush. Repeat the same after an hour.
- Keep out of reach from direct sunlight to hinder the furniture from losing its shine and color.
- Using a humidifier in dry seasons is well appreciated as dry heat shrinks the wood leaving behind cracks.
- Leather Furniture
Leather is the most durable and low maintenance needed material in this list if maintained properly. Leather gets better with ageing. But, they do tend to attract scratches often. This could be your pets doing or might be an accident from your part. A professional touch would be required to cover up damages of great extent.
Here are a few tips on how to take care of your leather furniture:-
- Just like wood, leather will fade and stiffen when exposed to hot surfaces and direct sunlight. So, make sure you install your leather furniture away from these places to ensure its reliability.
- Use a damp white cloth piece and a mild detergent to clean the racked-up dirt from the surface.
- Restrain your pet from roaming in the area where the furniture is kept to avoid accidents.
- Immediately use a dry cloth for accidental spills. Using your hair dryer to dry the moisture up would create more complications.
The life of your furniture depends on the way it’s been used and taken care of. Proper furniture care, maintenance and cleaning is mandatory for their extended life.
Author Bio: Ella James is a lifestyle and decor blogger and editor at Lijo Decor. She is a long-time native from Miami, Florida , USA who loves to publish her own articles in various lifestyle-related websites.
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