Basic fabric upholstery maintenance

Make your upholstered pieces last longer by choosing the right fabric and by heeding these tips.

Locate your pieces properly

The location of your seating furniture may also affect the wear and tear of fabric. Upholstered furniture situated under direct sunlight may easily fade, and everyday use may wear out the fabric immediately. Avoid placing furniture near the window, or use thick, durable fabric for your upholstery.

Get textiles that are easy to clean

Cotton, cotton-blend, and leather are examples of natural fabrics that are easy to maintain, while micro fiber, nylon, and acrylic are three popular synthetic fabrics used in upholstery.

When reupholstering, check the fabric grade

Grade “A” textiles are less expensive, while “F” ones are pricey. Variables factored in grading textile include intricacy of weave, construction, and fiber content. Also consider fabric strength; choose at least 15,000 double rubs for everyday seating furniture. The higher the double rub, the more durable it is.

Use a fabric protector

Keep your upholstery in tip-top shape with spray-on fabric protector like 3M’s Scotchgard Fabric and Upholstery Protector (available at major hardware stores). Such products repel liquids and block stains without damaging the fabric.