The best way to care for fabric is to develop a regular vacuuming routine using an upholstery attachment to get in between the crevices.
Time is of the essence when cleaning up a fabric spill. Avoid the urge to scrub at all costs. Instead, simply place a soft, absorbent cloth or paper towel over the spill and allow it to work its magic. After the spill has dried, assess the stain again. If needed, mix a small dollop of dishwashing detergent with water and apply to the stain. Gently blot the area and air dry.
Wipe leather furniture down regularly with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. For stubborn patches of dust, dampen the cloth with a small amount of water. Do not let water soak into the leather. Keep a leather-specific cleaner on hand for emergency spills.
If a spill occurs, do not apply water or try to wash a grease spot. Over time, the grease spot should begin to blend into the leather. Use a chamois or clean finger to gently buff scratches. The friction and heat from rubbing, in addition to the natural oils in your hands, will help redistribute the finish in the surrounding areas to cover the scratch.
Velvet should be vacuumed regularly using the fabric attachment on a vacuum. One common grievance with velvet are “crush marks,” long silvery lines that run through the fabric. You’ll often notice these when a velvet piece first arrives in its packaging, a heavy item has been stacked on top of velvet, or after a long TV marathon (hey, no shame). Crush marks and rubs are the beauty and warmth of velvet products. Crush marks can be reduced using a steamer to gently lift the pile back up and eliminate the creases. Steam regularly to keep your velvet looking fresh.
For spills, follow the same care instructions as for fabric above. Make sure to work as quickly as possible and to avoid scrubbing. For any major accidents, consult with an upholstery cleaning company.
Wipe wooden furniture regularly with a clean, dry cloth to remove dust. Use warm water and mild soap to clean. Be careful not to soak the surface. Wipe away any remaining moisture with a dry cloth.
Keep wood away from prolonged direct sunlight. Don’t place extremely hot or cold items on wooden furniture, as they may warp the original surface.
Add a layer of protective finish to your wooden furniture every season to keep it happy.
Wooden furniture will age over time, just like us! Wood may lighten or darken and acquire new characteristics.