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Furniture Care 101: Tips for Long-lasting Sofas and Chairs 

Investing in quality sofas and chairs is a great step towards creating a comfortable and stylish living space. However, the longevity and aesthetic appeal of your furniture pieces is reliant on proper care and maintenance. Whether your furniture is upholstered in leather, fabric, or another material, the following tips will help to ensure that your sofa remains in excellent condition for years to come. 


Regular Cleaning 

Dust and debris can accumulate on furniture, dulling its appearance over time. To maintain your sofas and chairs in pristine condition, regular cleaning is essential. For fabric upholstery, a quick vacuuming with a brush attachment can help remove loose dirt and dust. Leather sofas should be wiped down with a damp cloth regularly and conditioned every few months to maintain their suppleness. Be sure to check and follow the manufacturer’s care instructions to avoid damage. 


Prompt Stain Removal 

Spills and stains are inevitable, but prompt action can prevent them from becoming permanent. For fabric upholstery, blot spills immediately with a clean cloth, avoiding vigorous rubbing that can spread the stain. Mild detergents and water work for many stains, but it’s wise to consult the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions or conduct a spot test before applying any solution to a larger area. For leather upholstery, blot the spill and use a specialised leather cleaner if necessary. 


Avoid Direct Sunlight 

Direct sunlight can cause upholstery fabrics to fade and leather to crack over time. To preserve your furniture’s colour and material, avoid placing sofas and chairs in direct sunlight or near sources of intense heat. If this isn’t possible, consider using curtains or blinds during peak sunlight hours or applying protective window films to reduce UV exposure. 


Rotate Cushions 

Seat cushions and backrests can become misshapen and worn unevenly if consistently used in the same position. To prevent this, periodically rotate and flip cushions to distribute wear evenly. Fluffing up the cushions regularly can also help to maintain their shape and prevent them from becoming compressed over time. 


Tighten Screws and Joints 

Over time, screws and joints on chairs and sofas can become loose, leading to creaks and instability. Periodically check the frame and tighten any loose screws or bolts. If your furniture starts to wobble or feels unstable, its recommended to seek professional assistance from a handmade furniture specialist as to reinforce the joints and extend the lifespan of your pieces. 


Taking the time to care for your sofas and chairs not only enhances their appearance, but also prolongs their lifespan. Regular maintenance can keep your furniture looking and functioning like new. By following these simple yet effective tips, you can enjoy the comfort and style of your furniture for many years. For handmade furniture that’s built to last, browse our complete sofa & armchair collection today. 

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