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Upholstery Care

Keep your furniture looking its best with our upholstery cleaning and care instructions.

General Upholstery Care

  • Because dust and dirt cause upholstery to wear faster, we recommend vacuuming regularly with an upholstery attachment.
  • Flip, rotate and fluff removable cushions regularly to ensure even wear and increase longevity.
  • Feather and down cushions have excellent recovery, but much like down comforters or pillows, need to be fluffed more frequently to restore their loft.
  • Tight, attached seat and back cushions will stretch and wrinkle with use. You can easily restore their appearance by smoothing the surface and tucking excess upholstery into the sides of the seat or back.
  • To minimize fading, we recommend placing your upholstered pieces where they won't be exposed to direct sunlight.
  • An annual professional cleaning will keep your upholstery looking its best.

Fabric Spot Cleaning

  • For persistent stains and overall cleaning, contact an in-home professional upholstery cleaning company. Reference your fabric's cleaning code. Cleaning codes for fabrics currently in our collection can be found at roomandboard.com/fabrics. If you ordered a swatch, please reference the label for cleaning code information. We welcome you to contact us at 800.301.9720 or shop@roomandboard.com with any questions regarding fabric cleaning codes and care.
  • For spot cleaning, use a cleaning product that corresponds with your fabric's cleaning code. Test any cleaner in an inconspicuous area first. Never use spot cleaners containing bleach or alcohol.
  • Do not dry clean or machine wash cushion casings as it may damage the fabric, backing or stitching.
  • You'll get the best results if you treat stains immediately. Blot up as much of the spill as possible with a clean, dry, white cloth. Don't rub.
  • Apply a small amount of cleaner to the stain. Avoid oversaturation which can damage the fabric backing or upholstery foam.
  • Blot the stain with a clean, dry, white cloth, working from the outer edge to the center of the stain.
  • Continue to apply cleaner sparingly and blot until the stain no longer transfers onto the cloth. This may take several attempts.
  • When you have removed as much of the stain as possible, blot any remaining moisture from the fabric.

Fabric Cleaning Code Guide

  • S = Solvent. Use only water-free, pure cleaning solvents.
  • W = Water. Use only water-based upholstery cleaning products.
  • SW = Solvent or Water. Use pure cleaning solvents or water-based cleaning products.

Slipcovers

  • Follow the general care and spot cleaning instructions above.
  • For overall cleaning, we recommend professional dry cleaning. Always clean the entire slipcover to prevent color variations and ensure even wear.
  • Make sure to close all zippers and fasten Velcro® before cleaning.

Leather

  • Dust and vacuum regularly.
  • To minimize fading and prevent cracking, place your leather furniture where it won't be exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Rotate and fluff removable cushions regularly to ensure even wear and increase longevity.
  • Feather and down cushions have excellent recovery, but much like down comforters or pillows, need to be fluffed more frequently to restore their loft.
  • Leather will naturally stretch with use, adding to its comfort and character.
  • For water-based spills, use distilled water and a clean white cloth. You may also use leather cleaning products. Test in an inconspicuous area first.
  • Do not use water to remove oil-based stains. Blot with a dry, clean, white cloth. The spot will dissipate into the leather over time.
  • Use a leather conditioner periodically to protect and maintain your furniture.

Cushion Maintenance

Our cushion maintenance videos show you how to freshen up your upholstered furniture and extend the life of your cushions.

Down cushion maintenance

See how to care for cushions made with feathers and down.

Foam cushion maintenance

See how to care for cushions made with foam and fiber.

Tight cushion maintenance

See how to care for cushions that are attached to the frame of your furniture.

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