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Caring For Commercial Furniture: Fabric

Aug 13, 2008
Fabric furniture can be quite lovely to have in the home and is often quite comfortable. Unfortunately fabric doesn't present quite the same easy cleaning options that other furniture types may allow. One important thing to remember is that not all fabric furniture is going to have the same durability and cleaning procedures as other pieces of fabric furniture. You will find a few general bits of information on caring for and cleaning your fabric furniture in this article but you need to consult your manufacturers instructions before using any sorts of chemical cleaning agents or serious scrubbing on your fabric furniture.

Protecting Your Fabric Commercial Furniture from UV Rays

One excellent rule of thumb when it comes to caring for your fabric commercial furniture is that you need to protect it from the damage of the sun whenever possible. The sun's UV rays can lead to fading of your furniture. This is especially true if part of your furniture comes into contact with direct sunlight while the remainder of your sofa or favorite overstuffed armchair does not. The result will be fading and discoloration that is not consistent. This will diminish your enjoyment of your furniture and the potential resale value should you decide to sell your furniture in the future.

You can protect your furniture from the damaging rays of the sun by installing heavy drapery and keeping the drapes drawn. If that is not an option or you love sunshine and want it to shine into your rooms then you will want to arrange your fabric covered furniture in a manner that it isn't directly in the path of the sun's damaging rays. Another option would be to install awnings outside the window that will allow you to enjoy the light of the sun without it beaming directly into the room and onto your furniture.

Protecting Your Fabric Furniture Before Bringing it Home

Many stores today offer some sort of stain guard or stain protection for fabric furniture. These plans are a little above and beyond the cost of the furniture but often serve to extend the life and usefulness of your furniture. If you plan to keep your fabric furniture for quite a while (it is a rather handsome investment after all) then you should do your best to protect your investment-even if it means paying a little more up front.

General Care and Cleaning of Fabric Furniture
Commercial furniture that is covered in fabric offers some cleaning and care options that are somewhat unique to it. Unlike wood, fabric furniture doesn't require dusting and oiling to keep it looking beautiful. There's no chrome to polish and no glass to attempt to keep streak free. However, fabric has a tendency to be a little more fragile than wood, chrome, and even tempered glass when it comes to ordinary wear and tear.

So how can you keep your fabric commercial furniture looking good as new when it gets a rather heavy amount of traffic from family and use? By caring for it regularly. Fabric furniture in high traffic areas are going to need more tender loving care than furniture that is reserved for special occasions (such as furniture that would be found in formal living rooms). Dust has a tendency to collect on the surface with use and can be ground in leaving stains and an overall dingy look to the fabric. Frequently vacuuming your fabric furniture can prevent this from occurring. The added benefit is that regular maintenance such as this will limit the need for deeper cleaning.

To further prolong the life of your fabric furniture you will want to avoid placing it in close proximity to heat sources. Heat is actually damaging to most fabrics and can lead to the breakdown of the fabric much more quickly than if it were placed further away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, and radiators. The lighter the weight of the fabric the more susceptible to damage by heat it will be. If you cannot avoid having your fabric commercial furniture near a heat source of some sort it is a wise idea to invest in furniture made of heavier weighted fabrics.

Care for all spills and spots immediately. It is important to remember that you should never rub vigorously. Blotting is the best course of action for handling spills and spots. If you use stain removers that are designed for fabric furniture you will want to first test the remover on an area of the fabric that isn't visible in order to be certain that it will not leave fade the fabric or leave a stain of its own to replace your existing stain. This is a small price to pay (and you can continue blotting while testing the fabric) to prevent further damaging your costly furniture.

Another option that isn't all that uncommon when it comes to caring for fabric furniture is to invest in slip covers. You can find many slip covers that are completely machine washable. This prevents many of the everyday dust and dirt from becoming problematic and allows you the option to rather quickly tidy up your furniture by removing the slip cover if you have unexpected company dropping in. One thing to remember when using slip covers is that whenever there are spills you will need to remove the slip cover immediately and treat the furniture beneath to avoid potential problems. If you do not do this you risk having the slip cover fade onto the fabric in your furniture, potential mold or mildew problems, and damaging the fabric when it is removed by pulling or snagging the two fabrics, which may be fused together.

One final option that is available for cleaning many fabric furniture pieces is steam cleaning. If you have carpet in your home you may want to have your fabric furniture steam cleaned whenever you have your carpets cleaned. This will draw out the deep seated dirt and stains that you may miss in your everyday cleaning of your furniture and prolong the life, good looks, and usefulness of your commercial furniture that is covered in fabric.
About the Author
Mr.Nibbinsworth has been writing for Laytrad Contracts about cafe furniture and cafe chairs for several years off-line and has recently started to write online. Get a 5 year quality guarantee on all contract furniture including hotel furniture at http://www.laytrad.co.uk/
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