Fifteen Tips to Increase Furniture Life

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Guest Post from Christine at HallAndFoyerTables.com

When purchasing furniture, you are aware of the fact that furniture is not cheap! In fact, it can take a while to save up to purchase the perfect sofa for you living space. With this in mind, taking care of your furniture is essential.

Protect your investment by doing what you can to keep it in the best shape possible. Below are 15 things that you can do to increase the life of your furniture. Following these tips will help save you money overtime and also keep your furniture looking good.

Fifteen Things you can do for your Furniture

    • Clean furniture regularly. You can’t expect to get the most out of your furniture if you are not cleaning it regularly. Choose to spend some time cleaning it at least once a week. If you have pets, you may have to clean it more.
    • Ensure that cleaning products are safe for the surfaces you are cleaning. Don’t just use any common household product on your furniture. Be sure that it has tested safe for the surface you are cleaning.
    • Remove stains immediately. The longer you let the stain sit, the more difficult it will be to get the stain out. Remove stains as soon as the happen. Remember that warm water will set stains.
    • Do not eat on furniture that has fabric. Avoid eating on furniture that may be difficult to clean.  Protect your furniture from children who can destroy it with one meal.
    • Furniture, especially couches, are not trampolines. Again, children can cause major damage to furniture. Remind them that couches are not trampolines and foyer tables are not made to jump off of. Have rules for your furniture to help prolong its life.
    • Repair holes. If your couch or chair gets a hole in it, choose to sew up the whole instead of throwing the couch out. The quicker you fix the hole, the less likely it will be to expand and potentially ruining the entire couch.

Dog on a Bed

  • Keep pets off your furniture. Just as you want to protect your furniture from rowdy children, protect it from pets. Do not allow pets to soil or ruin the surface of your furniture. Pets with claws are notorious for ruining great furniture. ‘Dog on a bed Photo’ from BigDogBeds.com
  • Vacuum cushions to remove excess dirt. Just as your carpet will get dirty, so will your cushions. Use a hand vacuum to help get rid of excess dirt. There are products designed specifically for removing the dirt from you furniture that may have fabric.
  • Keep nail polish away from your furniture. Nail polish is hard to get out of furniture. Keep it away from your investments.
  • Avoid doing arts and crafts projects on your furniture. Glitter and glue can also be hard to remove from your furniture. Designate a table for arts and crafts instead of allowing it all over the house or on your couches and chairs.
  • Keep furniture out of excess sun. Sun can ruin furniture. Keep fabrics that may fade out of direct sunlight. Move it away from windows that get hours and hours of sun each day.
  • Watch out for plant drainage. If you have house plants, be sure that they aren’t ruining the surface of your plant stands or table. Use a plate or other device to catch the drainage of excess water from your plants.
  • Don’t overstuff drawers or cabinets. Drawer and cabinets have a limit as to how much stuff you can actually put in them. Avoid overstuffing help increase the life of your furniture.
  • Be sure to clean and condition leather. Leather furniture needs special treatment. A good conditioner will help prolong the life of your leather and keep it look just as good as the day you bought it.
  • Take care of the furniture! Lastly, just take care of the furniture. Care for is just as well as you care for your home or vehicle. After all, it is an investment.
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