Fabric Protection - Clean and Remove Stains on Fabric Upholstery

Protecting one of your biggest investments, your furniture, is fundamental in order to reap the highest amount of durability and longevity as you can. 

While we are all aware of the use we will get out of a beautiful couch or armchairs, it can be a bit daunting knowing that something we invest in can be prone to damage, especially by the amount of everyday use it will receive. After all, what’s better than curling up on your couch with your favourite snacks and a movie? Luckily, there are steps to take that can help you enjoy your furniture with ease, while minimising any damage that can be caused by unwanted stains or spills. Here are a few tips and tricks to best protect your upholstery.


How to treat stains on upholstery:

Just as you would with your clothes, treat stains as soon as they occur on the fabric of your lounge suite or other furniture. Here’s our best instant tips for minimising any long-term stains:

  1. Always remember to blot, not rub! Quickly grab a damp, cold, well wrung out cloth and blot away the moisture. Rubbing can set or spread the stain and can also potentially damage the fibres. 
  2. DO NOT use store bought stain removers as many of these will set on certain types of stains or fabrics/fibres. Instead find stain removers that are compatible with your upholstery. Then apply and leave it to soak in, so that it lifts up the stain.
  3. RINSE with cold clean water and blot dry with a clean dry towel. 



How to protect your upholstery

Tip 1 - Apply a fabric protector

Spills can happen anywhere, on any surface, therefore, having your upholstery protected with a professional fabric protector helps to stop the stain in its tracks! An application of JAE’s Fiberguard® fabric protection to upholstery and textiles will provide a protective shield to resist future stains.


Tip 2 - Flip your pillows and cushions

Flipping your pillows can help loosen any particles that may have gotten stuck within your furniture, making it easier for vacuuming later. It can also help prevent any possible sagging, improving its longevity and appearance.


Tip 3 - Cover up

Slipcovers for your sofa or couch can be a great way to protect the upholstery. They slip on and off your couch for easy cleaning and are especially useful if you have kids or pets at home. Can’t buy a slipcover? A nice blanket or throw can also be used!


Tip 4 - Clean regularly

Regularly cleaning your furniture is probably the best way to maintain its appearance and increase your furniture’s longevity. Having it professionally cleaned every 12-24 months. Simply vacuuming your upholstery once a week will help in the long run. 


Tip 5 - Check the label

Make sure you check and care labels or manufacturer website for specific ‘what-to’do’ recommendations, to prevent any damage to your upholstery.


Whether it’s a tough stain, regular cleaning, or fabric protection, the best way to prevent any damage to your upholstery is by calling in the professionals. Attempting to clean anything too tricky, not reading the care labels, or using unsuitable cleaning products can not only damage your upholstery but can also make any warranty void. It’s always best to call in professional help to ensure your furniture gets the care and attention it deserves. For any help, call your local JAE technician today! Or are you ready to book? Click on the link in our menu to 'Get a Quote' now!


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