Upholstered furniture care guide

Check out our handy tips for caring for your new fabric upholstery below.

Fabric care

Emergency cleaning

1. Emergency cleaning

Act quickly when accidents happen. Don’t rub or soak the fabric, and don’t allow the stainto set in.For liquid spills, mop it up with a clean absorbent white cloth. If it’s a solid, remove the excess with a blunt knife or spatula and then carefully dab the stain.Don’t use washing up liquid, detergents, or bleach to remove stains. Before using specialist upholstery cleaners, read the manufacturer’s care instructions and test on a hidden area of fabric.We recommend using a professional cleaning service for oil or grease-based stains.

Regular cleaning

2. Regular cleaning

Dust and dirt can cause fabrics to prematurely wear and discolour. This can be avoided by using a soft brush or lightly vacuuming using the curtain attachment regularly. Don’t forget to vacuum beneath each seat cushion and be sure to clean all loose covers at the same time to prevent any variations in colour. We recommend you have fixed-cover fabric sofas and chairs professionally cleaned at least once a year.
Major cleaning

3. Major cleaning

The effectiveness of specialist cleaning will depend on how soiled your upholstery is, so don’t wait until it’s heavily soiled before having it cleaned. Don’t attempt to wash cushion covers or use a launderette’s dry-cleaning machine unless the manufacturer’s care instructions specifically say you should. We recommend that any major cleaning be undertaken by a professional upholstery cleaning service, especially if there are oil and grease-based stains.

Dry cleaning

4. Dry cleaning

All dry cleanable materials have to meet British Standards BS 1006 for colour fastness. But because regular dry cleaning inevitably results in slight colour variations, it’s best to have similar items – all cushions from a sofa, for example – cleaned at the same time.

Protect your upholstered furniture with Care+ Protect

Our Care+ Protect Policy offers protection against accidental damage like spills and stains, plus structural damage like warped and broken frames, giving you total peace of mind.

Already placed your order?

No worries. As long as you made your purchase less than 14 days ago, you can add a Care+ Protect policy to cover your new furniture – plus you’ll receive a FREE Care Kit for your protected furniture. Just call us on 0345 646 1701 and we’ll get it set up in no time.