Care and Maintenance
UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE IN YOUR HOME
All families wear and tear their furniture in different ways, and therefore it is necessary to pay attention to how you use upholstered furniture. Is it a home with a lot of visitors, children, dogs, cats etc.? The foam and upholstery will wear out faster than in homes where you only use the furniture once or twice a week. When you sit in the furniture, the body comes into close contact with the upholstery, where sweat and body heat will affect the leather and fabric. Therefore, make sure to clean upholstered furniture thoroughly. Avoid spilling on the upholstery, for example, even small amounts of fat may start a degradation process.
Keep in mind that sunlight affects all furniture, and even the most colorfast upholstery fades. Thus, you should always protect your furniture against direct sunlight. Changes in room temperature will also have some effect. Even clothes influence the wear and tear of the furniture. Studs on clothes will wear on the fabric and coarsely woven denim will leave traces as well.
The vast majority of furniture may emit some smell. This is perfectly normal and not harmful, and will decrease in time.
ASSEMBLY AND HANDLING OF UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE
It is important to handle upholstered furniture carefully, and know that lifting and pulling near sewn-in pillows will damage the furniture. Also, avoid pushing the furniture because of the stress it imposes on the legs. During assembly, it is important to follow the assembly instructions, mount all legs and make sure adjustable legs are set correctly.
Quite a lot of sofas consist of several modules that you put together. Small deviations are expectable as upholstery primarily consists of flexible materials. This can also cause minor squeaks, because of the furniture being occasionally exposed to certain stress. This is, however, not usually a sign of anything amiss with the furniture.
All padding changes over time when used, so swap the cushions around if possible, and change where you sit, allowing the padding to settle more evenly on the entire surface and keep it better in shape. In all upholstered furniture, there may come minor creases in leather and fabric, especially on larger surfaces.
UPHOLSTERY FABRIC IN GENERAL
Cleaning off stains from upholstery fabric should be carried out with caution. Stain removers should only be applied when the effect has been tested on a lesser visible area of the furniture. Blotches can be avoided by rubbing the stain inwards in gentle circular strokes. Never use solvents. Usually you cannot wash upholstery. Maintenance is limited to vacuuming and possibly stain removal. Particularly with new furniture, loose excessive threads can occur. These are of no significance and can be cut off with caution. In most cases, lint will appear on upholstery. Depending on factors such as use and cleaning, an excess of fibers can gather in small balls, which usually is considered as natural pilling. You can remove them by using a pilling remover. Foreign fibers on the fabric are not considered as a production error, and can also be removed with a pilling remover.
Genuine leather is a natural material, where differences in structure, scars and other dissimilarities will occur. This is not a production error, but the accepted irregularities that characterize genuine leather. Periodically dust using a clean, dry and non-abrasive white cloth. For stains, just use water and colorless/neutral mild soap. Do not dry in direct sunlight or hair dryer.