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How to Clean Tufted Fabric Furniture

by The Inspired Accountant

It’s no secret that I love my bedroom. It truly is the comfiest space in my house and I wish I could spend more time in here! If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I recently got an Endy mattress for it. It’s 100% made in Canada and amazing quality. The mattress has made this bed even more comfortable and I look forward to resting here after a crazy day.

I often get asked how I take care of my upholstered bed. While fabric beds and tufted headboards have their visual appeal, they are not as easy to clean as wooden or other solid surfaces. Keeping fabric looking great requires some care and attention. And if you have chosen a light-coloured fabric like me, any dirty spots and discoloration can become the focal point of your beautiful headboard. We obviously don’t want that!

I am including some tips below on how to take care of upholstered furniture. It takes a mixture of easy protection and some cleaning to maintain. But it’s definitely worth the effort!


Protecting your Upholstery

  • Protect from Sunlight
    If possible, try to arrange your upholstered furniture away from direct sunlight. The Sun and its UV rays can cause fabrics to fade in colour. Consider investing in some good black-out curtains or blinds. Not only will they keep you sleeping well, but they will also protect your bed.
  • Protect from Extreme Temperatures
    Try your best not to place your bed too close to air-conditioning vents, heating ducts or radiators. Extreme exposure to constant cold or hot temperature is never good for any fabric as it can leave it discoloured and deteriorated. The humidity will surely ruin the fabric so it is best to place your bed away from the ducts.
  • Protect from Body Oils and Perspiration
    Hair strands, oils and perspiration from your skin, soiled hands and good old dust floating in the air can easily stick to the fabric and give it a muddy look. Try not to lean against the headboard without using pillows. Yes, those large square Euro Shams definitely come in handy if you want to lie in bed and watch TV.

Cleaning your Upholstery

  • Vacuum Regularly
    The best way to get rid of the dust sitting on your upholstery is by vacuuming it. Every vacuum comes with a small brush attachment that helps you get into small nooks. Make sure you do this on a weekly or at least bi-weekly basis to keep your upholstery from getting soiled.
  • Clean spills or stains immediately
    If you happen to spill anything on the fabric, clean the spill immediately. Use a dry white cloth to do this. As tempting as it can be to rub, always spot clean by blotting with the cloth. Rubbing the fabric can cause it to fray which can cause further damage in the future. Using plain water is usually quite safe and sometimes using a tiniest bit of detergent is okay as well. You shouldn’t need a heavy-duty solvent such as one for a carpet, however, some stains can be tough. Once again, make sure you pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Professionally Clean as needed
    Hopefully you’re taking the basic precautions and protecting your fabric. But I would say that getting your upholstered furniture professionally treated every few years is great for its long-term maintenance. This should not be a yearly expense unless you’re taking very little to no care of it. So once again, I’ll point you back up to the precautions.

So that’s all the tips I have for you, folks! As you can see, it takes a combination of precaution as well as on-going maintenance efforts to keep the beauty of upholstered furniture alive. I’d love to hear from you as well! What are some tips you can share with me? Let me know your comments and questions below. Happy Cleaning!

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1 comment

S_Hussain March 26, 2018 - 2:12 pm

Thanks for these tips! I have to get in the habit of vacuuming my sofa more often. I couldn’t maintain a white bed like yours but it’s very chic!


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