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How To Care For Upholstery

How to Care for Upholstery -- Advice from Experts

Start with flipping and fluffing. Sounds easy, right? It is. Simply take each cushion that’s removable and flip it, fluff it, and rotate it to a different place if there are other same-sized back or seat cushions on the piece (a sofa, for example). This helps to ensure all cushions wear evenly, so your furniture lasts longer. Don't forget to flip and fluff your accent pillows!

As much as we all love to to see sunshine streaming into a room, it can fade fabrics and break down fibers. Avoid placing upholstered furniture in direct sunlight, or or in front of windows without coverings. Or solve that problem by exploring Bassett's Custom Window Program with a Design Consultant available in stores.

Vacuum or brush. 

There’s also dust, dirt and abrasion to consider, all of which can cause fabric to wear faster. Vacuuming your upholstered furniture regularly with an upholstery attachment will help take care of upholstered furniture. If fabric shows signs of “pilling”, try the Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover Fabric Shaver and Lint Remover

Take a closer look.

Found a stain? Attend to it immediately. Bassett Live Chat is at your service to answer any questions you have. Look under the cushion for what’s called the Fabric Cleaning Code. It will tell you what you need to know for spot cleaning.(Always pre-test a small area before proceeding.)

Fabric care codes.

“S” Solvent.

Spot clean using a mild water-free solvent or dry cleaning product. Only water-free, pure cleaning agents may be used. 

“W” Water. 

Spot clean using foam only from a water-based cleaning agent such as a mild detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo product. Apply foam with a soft brush in a circular motion. Vacuum or brush when dry.  

“SW” Solvent or Water. 

Spot clean with a mild solvent of upholstery shampoo or the foam from a mild detergent. When using a solvent or dry cleaning product, follow instructions carefully and clean only in a well-ventilated room. 


Spot clean with upholstery shampoo, foam from a mild detergent, or mild dry cleaning solvent. Be sure to pre-test a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding. Do not saturate. Pile fabrics may require brushing with a non-metallic bristle brush. Hot water extraction or steam cleaning is not a recommended cleaning method.  

“X” Vacuum or Brush Lightly Only. 

Water-based foam cleaners or solvent-based cleaning agents of any kind may cause excessive shrinking. Using a soft cloth, blot up as much of the stain as possible – do not rub. Dab a tiny amount of cleaner to the stain using your fingertips and rub gently. Blot again with a soft white cloth working in a circular motion from the outside in. 

More Things To Consider

Never remove cushion covers for separate cleaning (even though they may have zippers).

Caring for your beautifully upholstered furniture is pretty easy to do. To keep it looking its best, annual professional cleaning is recommended. 

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