How to Clean Upholstery Fabric

sunbrella upholstery on living room furniture

Intro to Cleaning Upholstery Fabric

Keeping upholstery fabric clean and bright can be accomplished via a number of methods. There’s the practice of keeping furniture covered in plastic or refusing to let children, pets, food, or drink anywhere near it. Regardless of whether you’re trying to maintain the original grandeur and functionality of indoor or outdoor furniture, however, these approaches usually get in the way of living life itself, and, even if there are no spills or accidents, cleaning across the lifetime of a piece of upholstered furniture will still be necessary.

At Trivantage, we approach the problem of cleaning and maintaining upholstery fabric a little differently. In addition to selling high-performance and long-lasting fabrics that retain their color and appearance for years, we also encourage upholsters and end users to adhere to the following instructions for how to clean their upholstery fabric. Almost all spills and accidents can be handled in a DIY fashion that, most of the time, require neither specialized cleaning products nor professional cleaning services. Whether you’re dealing with wine in the living room, marinara sauce in the dining room, or pet stains on the new patio furniture, we have an approach and a solution that will likely work for you.

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How to Clean Upholstery: Some General Rules

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  1. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Without a doubt, the most important rule of cleaning upholstery fabric is to always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Some fabrics are very specific about what products can and can't be used on them. Others take a more general approach. Either way, know what you're working with and what the maker recommends.

  2. Clean spills immediately. Preventing a spill, stain, or accident from happening is the easiest way to keep your upholstery clean, but in lieu of that, make sure you go to work immediately to remediate it.

  3. Use a clean cloth (or paper towel). The cloth should also be color-fast. In most cases, a white cloth is best.

  4. Start with the least harmful method first. There are a lot of cleaning products on the market that can assist in cleaning and maintaining upholstery. Still, if a bit of water and elbow grease can take out a smudge or stain, it's going to be best for your wallet and your fabric to go the simplest route first.

  5. retest the fabric in an inconspicuous area. Even if you're using just dish soap, baking soda, or water, be sure to test the solution on the fabric in question somewhere that, in the event that the solution causes discoloration or some other ill effect, it won't be seen.

How to Clean Specific Upholstery Fabrics Carried by Trivantage

As has already been stated, the most important consideration when it comes to cleaning different upholstery fabrics relates to the manufacturer's instruction. To that end, here are some manufacturers' cleaning recommendations.

  • How to Clean Phifertex Upholstery Fabrics
  • How to Clean Sunbrella Upholstery Fabrics
  • How to Clean Common Upholstery Spills and Stains

    While no spill or stain is welcome, some in particular strike fear in the hearts of fabric furniture owners. Here are some of the more common, tough to beat stains, and how to best tackle them. (Just remember, when it comes to following this advice, never, ever go against the manufacturer's instructions, and always be sure to test your cleaning agent and method out on an area of your fabric that isn't easily seen.)

  • How to Get Red Wine out of Upholstery
  • How to Clean Pet Stains off Your Upholstery
  • How to Clean Tomato Sauce off Upholstery
  • Disclaimer:

    The purpose of this guide is to give fabricators some general guidelines and product information.

    This guide should not be considered as the sole source of information on cleaning upholstery fabric. This guide is strictly informational.

    Please reach out to your local customer care team for more guidance.