Upholstered office furniture is comfortable, soft, and relatively durable, but it’s harder to maintain than wood or plastic. Chances are you have some sort of fabric furniture in your office, whether it be in the waiting room, the break room, or individual offices in the building. In order to maximize the lifespan of this furniture, you need to know how to take care of it. Here are some upholstered furniture maintenance tips designed specifically for the office.
Consider Upholstery Maintenance When Buying New Furniture
If you’re getting ready to buy new furniture, keep the maintenance requirements in mind. Some fabrics are easy to wipe down and naturally resistant to spilling. They may cost more than cheaper fabrics, but they will look better in the long run. With less upholstered furniture maintenance, you will put less wear and tear on the fabrics. That will extend the life even further. Before you buy something that will be difficult to clean, look over all your options and find the best one for your needs.
Vacuum the Fabric Regularly
Upholstered furniture should be vacuumed regularly to get rid of crumbs and other debris that may wear down the fibers. You still need a deep cleaning schedule with a professional cleaning company, but this is a solution in between those deep cleans. You may need to vacuum the furniture once a week, once a month, or once every few months depending on the type of traffic that comes through your facility.
Take Care of Stains Right Away
Stains are easiest to get rid of if you clean them right away. The longer they sit, the more they absorb deep into the fabric. Start by blotting the stains away with a clean, soft cloth. Then use a surface cleaner designed specifically for the type of upholstery you have – do not use a cleaner with soap. Soap based cleaners leave a residue that attracts dirt to the soiled area. Different fabrics require different chemicals, so you need to make sure you’re using the right products for your furniture. If you are unsure, call The Resh Company. We’ve developed specialized methods of cleaning upholstery, modular panels or cubicles and we have the right products for the job.
Create an Upholstered Furniture Maintenance Plan
We can create a schedule for upholstered furniture maintenance based on the age, usage and condition of the fabrics or modular panels. The cleaning schedule will depend on how often your upholstered furniture is used and what type of material it is. Periodic cleaning will prevent surface-level grime from piling up and turning into deep, hard-to-eliminate stains.
Replace Upholstered Furniture as Needed
Even with scheduled upholstered furniture maintenance, fabric can only last for so long. If you constantly have people sitting in your chairs, you’re going to need to replace them eventually. Fibers break down on the fabric just like they would on a blanket that gets washed every week. Prioritize which pieces of furniture need to be replaced each year, and do what you need to do to keep your office looking its best.
The professional upholstery cleaners here at The Resh Company would be happy to assist you. Call us today at 410-780-9800 to learn more or contact us online.