A guide to how to care for your new chair.

Having taken delivery of your new upholstery you will no doubt be looking forward to using it. Please find our thoughts and comments to help you enjoy your new furniture.

As with anything new your upholstery will reflect the amount and type of use it gets, yes I’m afraid it will eventually wear out as a result of use. However the way you use and care for it can ensure it continues to perform and look good for many years to come.

The construction of upholstery dictates that the fillings compress during use. Modern fillings used today offer greater resilience with various types performing in different ways.
Fibre. Fibre filling will feel soft and squashy but will require plumping up as it flattens with use. Ideal for use in back cushions.
Foam. Foam will feel firmer but will be more resilient and retain its shape more readily. Ideal for use in seats.

The firmest your upholstery will feel will be the first time you use it. The seat base and fillings will compress during use and become softer. Springs will stretch and air pockets in the foam will burst reducing its resilience in response to light or heavy use. Foam can loose up to 20% of its density during the first three months of use. This is like breaking in a new pair of shoes which become more comfortable as they soften and mould to your shape.

During initial use try to use all the seats equally, this will avoid uneven density of seating. Swap the chairs around in the room and use all seats on a settee. Some people sit closer to one arm of their chair or only use one end of the settee. Regular use in the same position will create a ‘well’ which will be noticeable to someone who sits in a different position. This does not mean your furniture is faulty it is simply reflecting the way it is being used. Never sit on the arm, back or the front edge of seats, especially recliners and avoid heavy landings when sitting down.

Many pile fabrics particularly chenille and velvet may appear darker or shaded in different areas of the furniture. This is due to the way the direction of the pile reflects light, especially when the pile is crushed during use. This is not a fault but a normal characteristic of this type of fabric. Regular brushing and wiping with a damp cloth can help raise the flattened pile and reduce the effect of pile crush. Fabric and leather will stretch and develop creases during use especially on seats, these ‘comfort wrinkles’ are to be expected.

If you left your upholstery in a closed room and did not use it, it would still need cleaning! All the dust particles floating in the air will settle on the surface. These are clearly visible on hard surfaces in the room (table, shelf etc.) so when you dust your room also brush and vacuum your upholstery.

Soiling will be transferred from clothing you wear when using your upholstery and some fabrics, for example denim can transfer dye onto your covering. Newspaper ink from your hands or direct from the paper will stain very readily. Food and drinks can soil and stain the material and any accidents should be dealt with straight away. Liquids need to be soaked up quickly.

Ideally your upholstery should be cleaned regularly. Brush and vacuum to remove dust particles and wipe over with a damp cloth to remove soiling using warm soapy water or an upholstery cleaner. Areas most likely to show soiling are the arms and top of the back where the grease from your hands and head is in contact with the surface. For all over cleaning or more stubborn stains please consult a professional cleaning company. We recommend a local company called ‘Parker Parker’ in this area.

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