It is an exciting thing to have brand new upholstery and custom window treatments. Having furniture re-upholstered and new window treatment fabric makes a room sparkle. Another alternative is to use custom-made furniture slipcovers to give the sofa, loveseat, or chairs a new designer style. When changing the walls, which have old wallpaper, the fastest way to get a new look is to use a wall covering that installs right over the old wallpaper easily.
After your room has a makeover, it is important to maintain it, in order to keep it looking fresh and nice for a very long time.
Here are some tips to follow to make sure everything stays beautiful from New York City upholsterers:
The best cleaning process depends on the strength of the window treatment fabric used. For sturdy fabrics, remove dust using a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment. If possible, open the windows to bring in some fresh air. Temporarily cover anything in front of the windows, which is not easy to move out of the way. This prevents the dust from falling on something else that then needs cleaning.
If the window treatment fabric is delicate, such as lace, then gently remove it and have it dry cleaned. If this sounds like too much work, there are professional companies that come in to clean for you.
To reduce the build-up of dust in the first place, use an air filtration device with a Hepa static filter to pull the dust out of the air before it lands on things in the room.
For fabric upholstery, vacuum using an upholstery attachment. Use a can of compressed air to blow the dust and dirt out of any cracks and crevices that the vacuum cannot reach. Start at the top and work towards the bottom in a left to right motion. If there is any risk of vacuuming coins, use a piece of pantyhose held in place by a rubber band to cover the upholstery attachment nozzle.
For stains, use a stain remover by first testing it on an inconspicuous spot. An application of dry carpet cleaner that vacuums off also works well. For stains on leather, use a spray wax or leather cleaner.
To clean fabrics, use clear mild dish soap. Pour about half a teaspoon in a small bucket. Stir it in water to make many suds. Dip an upholstery brush in the suds only, but not into the water. Gently brush the fabric with a light touch. Cover small sections at a time. Wipe with a dry clean cloth to finish and let the fabric completely dry before using the furniture.
By following these simple tips when cleaning the upholstery and window treatments at least once per year (some prefer more often), the new furniture and window coverings will stay fresh and beautiful for many years.