Care of Upholstery Guide

High Standards of construction and carefully selected materials are the hallmark within Heritage House. The following notes have been prepared to help you care for your upholstery and ensure it has a long and comfortable life.

Choosing Wisely

Whatever material you choose will last proportionately to the care and treatment you give it, consequently a few pertinent points are outlined below.

General Care

  1. Sitting on the arms of settees or on the edges of cushions will cause premature wear and distortion of the padding and fabric.
  2. Care of Cushions – If your furniture is in constant use all reversible cushions should be turned daily, constantly switching position where possible. With regard to fibre filled cushions these require daily vigorous ‘plumping up’ if they are to retain their shape.
  3. All fabrics are easily snagged or damaged by sharp edged toys, buckles, studs on jeans, jewellery and domestic pets. Snags, when they do occur, should be trimmed off with scissors, under no circumstances pull them.
  4. Exposure to prolonged sunlight or excessive heat (e.g. against a radiator) will result in the fading of colours and the eventual disintegration of the fabric. Protect your furniture by careful positioning and by drawing your curtains or blinds.
  5. Hair products i.e. gel /oil may cause staining when they come in contact with certain fabrics.
  6. Animal coats contain abrasive oils, which can accelerate fabric wear.

Overall Cleaning

  1. As with all fibres/materials, your upholstery fabric can be penetrated by damaging dirt & grit particles, which accelerate soiling and produce symptoms of wear. It is therefore necessary to clean your upholstery at least once a week with a soft brush or a vacuum cleaner. In addition it is essential to understand that your furniture, if used daily, requires regular professional cleaning to prolong its life in exactly the same way as a suit of clothes is cleaned regularly.
  2. It is difficult to issue specific instructions as fabrics have different constructions and fibre content, most of which require specialist cleaning techniques. It is advisable therefore to have your furniture cleaned regularly by professional upholstery cleaners. A local specialist upholstery cleaner may be recommended by your retailer or found in the telephone directory.

* Zips are often fitted to cushions to facilitate manufacture and ensure a better fit, their presence does not necessarily mean the cover is removable.

*Some upholstery fabrics have a softness and lustre created by thick pile of short erect fibres on the surface of the fabrics. Through normal handling and wear of the furniture, crush marks and random shading of the fabric surface will occur. This is generally considered a desirable expression of the fabric’s comfort and elegance. A slight raising of the pile may be caused by normal changes in humidity or abrasion of the fabric surface. It is possible to remove some crush marks by brushing or steaming, but complete removal should not be expected.

*Certain fabrics will, after prolonged use lose some colour density where the pattern wears away. The surface of any fabric will slowly wear, however this in itself should not be taken as indication that material is worn out.

*Any colour, grain variation or knots on feet/legs is evidence that the material used is natural, and no two can be identical. This is what makes natural wood so interesting and desirable.