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6 Tips to Maintain Your Expensive Fabrics

Close-up of leather sofa

Any fabric that you choose to decorate your space is going to be exposed to a lot of elements – air, humidity, moisture, dust, microbes,  and in some cases pests. Since upholstery cannot be washed, cleaning it requires a different approach. To keep your space looking shipshape, go through these easy tips below which can be useful to clean multiple fabrics.

Investing in durable high quality fabrics 

These are an investment which deserve a bit of indulgence as they will be the most seen and used items of furnishing. You may want to pick excellent fabrics that guarantee durability. Easy to wipe off fabrics are a great option for sofas and seats that will be touched and accessed the most. You would want to avoid this expense in a recurring form. Make sure the fabric doesn’t have very complicated designs or stitches, which can unravel over time. Synthetic fabrics like polyurethane leather are one such option. It is sturdy enough for high usage. It just needs to be kept away from direct sunlight and no harsh chemicals should be used for wiping any spills.

Cushion Cleaning

Cushions are often an ignored part of the upholstery. Dust and food crumbs can accumulate on them over time. This causes damage to skin as well as the surrounding furniture. Make sure you vacuum them frequently. You might want to turn them over to make sure both sides get an equal amount of usage.

Away from sunlight

Prevent your upholstery from sun damage as it could lead to discoloration. If you leave your house for a long period of time, make sure you cover them with large pieces of cotton cloth to keep dust from settling into the fabric. 

Use covers

Usually sofas and chairs get dirty over time from being exposed to all types of pollutants. There are fitted covers available at IKEA and other furnishing stores. When the room is not in use, the upholstery should be covered up. This will save a lot of time when you have impromptu parties and guests over since you won’t have to go on a cleaning spree.

 Scandinavian living room with sofas and armchairs

Suede Brushing

Once the spilled drinks and stains are set on your couch, your suede fabric won’t look the same, no matter how brilliant your sofa might be. It might start looking dark and become spotty in certain areas as stains settle on your furniture over time. To prevent permanent stains, ensure regular maintenance.

Use a soft brush or sponge and lukewarm water to clean the surface of your leather couch. Make sure you do not use soaps, detergents, solvents, or ammonia-based cleaners, as they will ruin the color and texture of your couch.

Additionally, there are home solutions such as rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, and talcum powder that you can use to clean upholstery with ease.

You can also remove that old stain by gently rubbing the area with a pencil eraser. There is also a suede eraser that you can use, but the ordinary ones can also work. After erasing the stain, use a soft brush to brush off any remaining particles. You can also use a new toothbrush as they are very soft and will not damage the suede finish.

Linen Furnishing

From the living room sofa that withstands family movie nights, to an elegant armchair for cosying up with a book, linen upholstery is the ideal choice. As well as being used in a wide range of home textiles, like linen bath towels, linen bed sheets and linen clothing,  linen looks timelessly stylish on different types of furniture.

If there are just a few stains and you want to clean your linen fabric yourself, you can remove small marks from your upholstery by washing the stain with lukewarm water. Just dab gently with a wet cloth. Don’t rub or scrub as you might work the stain further into the fabric, or even damage the material.

If the stains are from tea or coffee, gently blot them with glycerin. Allow the glycerin to soak on the fabric for a few minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water using a clean cloth.


When you decide to invest in luxury fabrics, be prepared for after care. Immediately treating stains and spots will prevent the upholstery from looking permanently shabby. We hope you will be better equipped to take care of the beautiful linings and curtains around the house with the above tips.