Furniture care advice for domestic customers :
Jumping on or falling back into furniture or sitting on the edge of seats is not recommended as this will damage the springs and cushions.
Strong sunlight will cause any fabric to fade over time and in extreme cases, particularly conservatories, may cause fabric to rot and perish. The use of blinds and throws can help in summer months.
Daily turning of all cushions is strongly recommended as this will evenly distribute soiling, fading and wear on cushion cases and fillings. Fibre and feather cushions should be plumped up and turned daily.
Vacuuming the furniture and brushing with a furniture or clothes brush will prolong the life of the furniture by removing dust and grit, reducing the need for cleaning and washing. Pile fabrics in particular benefit from daily brushing as this helps to avoid pile flattening.
Pilling ( bobbles forming on the top of the fabric ) can be controlled by using a de-piller or fluff shaver. This does not indicate premature wear, it is generally loose fibres either from the manufacturing process or fibres shed from clothes becoming entangled in the fabric.
Pile fabrics such as velvet and chenille will flatten in use, particularly on arms, seats and backs. This is inevitable and does not affect the durabillity of the fabric. Daily brushing and turning of cushions will reduce this to a minimum.
Here are some basic rules to apply to most fabrics :
1. Do not rub.
2. Do not soak the fabric.
3. Remove solids with a blunt knife or spoon then clean with a damp cloth.
4. Never spot clean a stain or mark, this can cause a ring mark more noticeable than the stain.
5. Always clean a complete set of covers or chair wherever possible. Cleaning may cause shade differences which may be noticeable.
6. The swifter the action in dealing with a stain, the better the result. The longer a stain is left the less effective cleaning becomes.
7. Always test a cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area to ensure it is compatible with the covering material.
8. If in any doubt always seek professional advice.