Prolong the life of your luxury furniture

Posted Friday, November 4th, 2016

Keeping your nice upholstery in great condition

Suede, velvet, chenille, and other upscale upholstery can add class and style to any room. Leather and even cotton or linen can have a similar effect. But without proper maintenance, the fabric can begin to fade. With just a little effort, you can keep your couches, chairs, and sofas in peak condition for much longer. Here are some tips to help you prolong the life of your luxury furniture.

1. Clear out and vacuum regularly.

Weekly, or as often as you vacuum the floor, vacuum your upholstery as well. Start by pulling out the cushions and gathering any coins, crumbs, paperclips, or other debris that’s fallen through the cracks. Then, vacuum the cushions and fabric surfaces, paying special attention to crevices, ridges, and other small areas.

Any loose dirt that’s sitting on the surface can get ground deep into the fibers if it’s not removed soon, so regular vacuuming is important. Be sure your vacuum attachments are clean, so they don’t leave extra residue on your fabric.

2. Fluff the cushions and pillows.

Since cushions are full of stuffing, they are susceptible to shape-shifting – especially because they carry weight in the same place. Nobody wants their cushions to go limp and flat, and fluffing can help them retain their shape.

Fluffing can include punching, squeezing, shuffling, or anything that will force the stuffing to move around inside the cover. At a minimum, plan on spending a couple minutes fluffing your cushions and pillows every few days to keep them in their best shape.

3. Flip and rotate the cushions.

Cushions take all their wear in the same place, so if you flip them and switch them around, you can even out the wear and extend the life of the fabric. Depending on the shape of your couch and cushions, you may be able to simply flip them upside-down and switch them with each other. Some couches have T-shaped cushions, which you can invert and move to the other side of the couch.

4. Protect your upholstery from sunlight.

Direct sunlight can affect your furniture’s fabric like it can affect your skin, so it’s important to protect it if you want to prolong the life of your luxury furniture. If you want to place your furniture in a room with lots of natural light, consider using a slipcover to protect it from the sun. Throw blankets, which come in a wide variety of colors, fabrics, and styles, provide protection as well.

If your furniture’s fabric looks great and you want to show it off, you can still protect it from sunlight. When you’re away or not using the room, close the curtains or throw a sheet over the sofa. This will keep the fabric looking new when you do use the room.

5. Make house rules to keep your furniture clean.

Food, crayons, and pet accidents can have disastrous effects on your furniture, so make rules to mitigate that danger. Depending on how your household runs, rules could include prohibitions on juice and wine or all food in the living room. You could allow adults but not children to eat in the living room, or have your children keep their art supplies in a different room. Dogs can be trained to stay off furniture.

6. What can you do about pets?

You love your cat or headstrong dog that likes to snuggle on the couch, but you also love the great look your furniture brings to the room. So what can you do?

If you can’t trust your pets to stay off the furniture, it’s probably a good idea to cover the couches and chairs, especially when you’re not around to supervise. House training accidents, dander, fur, and mud tracked in from outdoors can dirty the upholstery, and claws can get easily snagged in delicate fabric.

7. What if I spill or dirty the fabric?

Spills and accidents happen. When they do, clean up the mess right away, taking care to blot more than you wipe. Be careful with any cleaning agents, since every piece of upholstery is unique and it’s not always possible to know what to expect. If you do opt for a commercial cleaning chemical, always spot-test in an inconspicuous area first.

However, when it comes to upscale upholstery, your safest bet is to contact a professional. At Modernistic, we know exactly how to treat specialty fabrics. With immediate care, we can get rid of almost any stain, saving your fine furniture for years to come.

8. Prolong the life of your luxury furniture with professional care.

An annual or seasonal deep cleaning can prevent dirt and grime from becoming a permanent part of your upholstery and extend the life of your furniture. Since deep cleaning can be a complex process, it’s best to call a professional. Professional cleaning is also key to removing stubborn stains or discoloration from regular use.

It’s easy to schedule a professional cleaning with Modernistic, and our coupons can help make it even more affordable. We’ll help you keep your furniture clean, comfortable, and looking great. Contact us today to prolong the life of your luxury furniture.

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4 tips for how to care for leather furniture

Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Holt, Michigan: try these top leather furniture care tips

Leather furniture has long been a popular furniture choice in most homes. A tightly-upholstered leather chair can provide a clean, classic finish to a room, whereas a soft leather sofa can become the favorite comfort couch. However, leather requires some special care to keep it in good condition. Here are our top tips to help you care for leather furniture.

Dust with a clean, dry cloth and vacuum crevices

In general, leather furniture is very easy to maintain. Simply wipe the furniture down with a dry cloth as part of your regular cleaning routine to eliminate surface dust. You should also vacuum in the crevices of the cushions and arm rests where dirt, dander, pollen, and other debris can become lodged. Do not use any cleaning products not designed specifically for leather, as even gentle products can damage the leather.

Condition regularly

Regular conditioning is an essential part of proper care for leather furniture. Leather dries out over time, and when it does it can crack and tear. Accordingly, you should apply a leather conditioner once every six months or so, and more if your furniture is in a particularly hot environment. Spray or rub the conditioner into your leather as directed, and don’t skip parts you can’t see. If your leather cracks in a hidden area, it can lead to a larger tear.

Clean spills immediately

Use as little water as possible when wiping up a spill. Ideally, you will be able to get most of the spill off with a dry cloth. However if the spill is a sticky liquid, or contains a dye which might soak into the material, you may need to resort to a dampened cloth. Take care not to soak the leather in liquid, as this will cause damage. And if you spill an oily substance, use a little talcum powder or baking soda to help absorb the grease.

Keep out of direct sunlight

Leather will dry out and fade more quickly in direct sunlight. Instead of placing your leather furniture near a window, position it further within the room and keep the shades down during the daytime when you’re not at home.

Modernistic can help clean your leather and other upholstered furniture, particularly in those deep down crevice areas where dander and allergens collect. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!


When was the last time you cleaned your office upholstery?

Posted Friday, September 9th, 2016

Bloomfield, could your office furniture use some TLC?

When was the last time you cleaned your office upholstery? If you haven’t checked in a while, you might want to take a moment to see how it’s doing. Couches and armchairs in offices and reception areas are easy to overlook if you or your staff don’t use them often. But your visitors sit on them, and they notice. Here are a few steps you can take to better care for your office furniture and give your visitors an experience that reflects the true quality of your business.

Include upholstery in your regular office cleaning

You probably have someone come in to vacuum and dust your office on a regular basis. Ask this person to vacuum your upholstery as well! Regular vacuuming keeps your upholstery from looking dingy. But it also prevents dirt and other debris from being ground into the fabric, which wears down the fibers. It also gives your cleaning staff an opportunity to keep tabs on how well the fabric is holding up. If it’s beginning to wear down in areas, they can let you know before your client does.

Turn and fluff the cushions

This isn’t about hiding stains: turning your cushions regularly prevents them from wearing or fading unevenly. It also gives you a chance to fluff the cushions, which keeps them from going flat and developing lumps.

Bring in a professional

You probably remember to bring in a professional to clean your carpets on a regular basis. Why not have them do your upholstery, too? Modernistic technicians have special tools to clean the hard-to-reach crevices of upholstery furniture. And they can help get that coffee stain out, too. By the time they finish, your office furniture will look like you purchased it yesterday.

Contact us today to schedule a cleaning!


How should you care for upholstered furniture?

Posted Friday, August 19th, 2016

Hey Grand Rapids, how’s that old armchair looking?

We all have that favorite sofa or armchair that we hope will last forever but has clearly seen better days. Whether you’re planning to order a replacement, or you just want to do what you what you can the extend the life of your current pieces, here are our suggestions for how you can better care for upholstered furniture.

Protect your fabric

Most fabric comes pre-treated with stain resistant materials, but you may want to look into some slipcovers for extra protection if your furniture will see heavy use or if it’s kept in a particularly sunny room.

Turn the cushions.

No, this isn’t about hiding that stain. You want to make sure that both sides of the cushion receive equal wear, so that one side does not go thin before the other. Fabric also fades naturally from sunlight, so by turning the cushions regularly you can keep them fading at an even rate.

Fluff your cushions

By taking time to fluff the padding, you refresh its shape, prevent it from going flat or developing uncomfortable lumps. This will also help wrinkles from developing.

Vacuum regularly

Keep dirt and other contaminants from being ground into the fabric. This will not only make your furniture look dingy, but will wear down the fibers as well. Take care when vacuuming near buttons, loose threads, or weak spots in fabric. Use a soft brush nozzle on the cushions, and a corner attachment for the crevices.

Spot clean

Blot up any spills or pet accidents immediately. Use only a small amount of cleaner, and make sure whatever you use is suited for the fabric type.

Bring in a professional

The best care you can give your upholstered furniture is regular treatment from a professional. At Modernistic, we can be sure to treat your upholstery fabric with the correct cleaning agents, so as not to damage your furniture. We have special tools to help clean out hard-to-reach places, so that by the time we’re done, it will look as if someone has breathed new life into your beloved armchair. Schedule an appointment or get a quote today.