General Furniture Care Tips for the House Proud Household

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General Furniture Care Tips for the House Proud Household Photo by Jack Jensen

We all love our homes and we want them to look their best. This requires an attention to detail and a willingness to put in the effort. Of course, a messy or shabby home is not always a case of laziness. On the contrary, many people simply do not know what they need to do to make that Harris Tweed chair pop or how to deal with scratched wooden furniture.

In this article, we are going to look at some general furniture care tips you can use to ensure your home looks its best all the time.

Cleaning Upholstered Furniture : Upholstered furniture, like Harris Tweed sofas, are difficult to clean if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you are going to vacuum them, make sure you are using a light brush. This will help to remove any lingering dirt and dust particles, including the dirt you did not notice. You will find this prevents any debris from settling into the fibres.

Make sure you pay extra attention to the little cracks, crevices, and creases within your furniture. Dirt often pools here, and when it is left to settle it’s notoriously tough to get out.

Think about Cushions : Cushions, when they are first bought, appear as perfectly plump and comfortable. Over time, you’ll start to notice one side of the cushion has been beaten and squashed. This can make cushions uncomfortable to sit on. Once they are bent out of shape, it reduces the quality of the sofa and makes the general décor of the room asymmetrical.

Counter this by rotating the cushions every week. Turn them over and turn them around. This helps to spread the wear and prevent overuse.

When the time comes to wash your cushions, make sure you do not put them in the washing machine. It is too harsh and can lead to shrinking and fading. Clean them by hand in the sink using a mix of mild detergent and warm water. Allow them to dry naturally before replacing them.

Fading Furniture : Furniture often fades in direct sunlight. Some materials are more prone to fading than others are. For example, if you were shopping for furniture in Inverness any expert would tell you to be especially careful of leather furniture. Leather is known to crack when exposed to direct sunlight.

See where the sun shines into your room and avoid putting any furniture in the path of direct sunlight. Of course, this cannot always be avoided, but items that are more sensitive should be kept out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day.

Cleaning Wood Furniture ; Wood furniture is susceptible to scratches and abrasions. Make sure you polish wood furniture on a weekly basis. Whenever dust settles on wood furniture, it attracts moisture. Allowing moisture to build up on wood furniture will only lead to a softening of the wood. Over time, this can lead to permanent damage.

In the event your wood furniture does sustain permanent damage, always seek the help of a professional. It is blatantly obvious when an amateur has attempted to repair a scratch or a chip. You will always get a better finish from someone who actually knows what they are doing.

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Loch Ness Furniture sells furniture in Inverness online and can help you outfit your home with a range of Harris Tweed sofas. With their care and maintenance tips, you can keep your home looking good for longer.

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