Whether it’s your favorite chair, your guest chair, or your pile-everything-on chair, you want to keep it for as long as possible. This also means you’d like it in the best possible condition. Upholstery care is quick and easy and can even be done by professionals for yearly cleaning and hard to deal with stains.

There are several ways to care for your upholstery, both yearly and monthly. The best way to avoid costly repairs is to treat stains immediately. Have a stain cleaner (make sure it’s ok to use on your type of fabric) at the ready and an absorbent cloth. While many upholstered fabrics are already partly water-resistant, it never hurts to be ready. Remember not to scrub, only blot, as scrubbing or rubbing will push the stain further into the fabric, making it harder to remove.

Another fantastic way to preserve the chair’s integrity is to routinely flip and rotate cushions. This helps prevent uneven wear and tear on the fabric. Avoid direct sunlight, heavy odered rooms like the kitchen, and dirt as these things can cause irreparable damage to the fabric.

Lastly, the chair or couch should get professionally cleaned once a year to freshen up the fabric as well as treat for unseen stains, dirt, and dust particles. Many manufacturer warranties encourage this otherwise any warranty claims may be invalid later on. It can also be nice to treat yourself and the chair to an effortless clean.