Hints & HELP!
by Barb Ogg, Extension Educator
This article appears in the July 18,
2004 Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper.
furniture many times get neglected when it comes to cleaning.
Without regular care, even the most durable upholstery will
look old and worn before its time. To prolong the furnitures
life, The Soap and Detergent Association offers the following
on the care agenda is regular vacuuming. This simple operation
removes the tiny bits of dust, food and dirt that can cause
so much damage. When ground into the upholstery, these particles
can make the fabric look dingy and cause premature wear.
Use headrest and armrest covers to provide extra protection
from body soils. If cushions are reversible, turn them over
from time to time to prevent sagging and even out the wear.
prevent fading, keep the furniture out of direct sunlight.
If this isnt possible, rearrange the room periodically.
Most upholstery fabrics are treated with topical stain protectors.
Check the furniture labels and hangtags. If the fabric was
not treated, consider a home or professional application.
Since all these protectors are applied to the fabrics
surface, they will eventually wear off. To extend the life
of the fabric, the protector should be reapplied every few
spots and stains occur, threat them immediately. To prevent
the stain from spreading, always work from the outer edge
of the spot to the center. Use a spoon to gently scrape
off solids. Use a dry, white paper towel to blot up spills.
Continue blotting, using a clean portion of the toweling,
until the spill is absorbed. The next step is to use a upholstery
cleaner. Before doing this, check the furniture care label,
then choose a cleaner that is compatible with the care instructions
or, if indicated, consult a professional cleaner.
and follow the label directions on the upholstery cleaner
package. Before applying a cleaner to the spot, test it
on an inconspicuous place for color fastness. For both testing
and actual stain removal, apply the cleaner to a towel,
then dab the stain with the moistened towel. Avoid over-wetting.
It will only spread the stain. Blot, dont scrub. Continue,
working patiently until all the color from the stain has
been transferred to the towel. When finished, blot the area
dry or use a portable hair dryer.
giving furniture attention from the time it is purchased
you will have a product that will serve for many years.
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