Your home’s design, decor and aesthetic are a carefully balanced ecosystem. You’ve spent a long time agonizing over the perfect interplay of colors, materials and textures to create a perfect representation of your perfect style and taste. And, like all ecosystems, work needs to be put in to ensure that it is well maintained, balanced and harmonious. The only problem is that the average home is far from balanced and harmonious. Especially in the current climate where virtually every home is also a workplace, while some are also schools and daycare facilities. No matter how much time, effort and attention to detail you put into crafting and maintaining your dream home, the business of life tends to get in the way of your perfection.
Unfortunately, eternal diligence is the price we pay to live in a home that brings us joy.
When it comes to the perfectly balanced aesthetic of any given room in your home, your upholstery likely plays a huge part in tying the room’s aesthetic together. As such, you need to be aware of the biggest threats to your carpets, rugs, curtains, furniture and general upholstery to keep it looking its best at all times…
If you love animals, you may feel that having perfect upholstery is merely a pipe dream. After all, they can often leave fur, stains and smells on your sofa. They can scratch your upholstery with their claws. And may think nothing about marking their territory on your expensive new corner unit. Fortunately, there are all kinds of kind ways in which you can dissuade cats from clawing and dogs from marking on your upholstery.
If you thought your clothes were the only things under attack from moths, think again! If you value your plush new drapes and other upholstery, it may be worth investing in some Moth Prevention measures. Contrary to popular belief, moths don’t actually eat fabric. It’s their larvae that can create wear and pinprick holes in the fibers of your expensive upholstery.
It’s okay to admit it. No matter how careful we try to be, we can all find ourselves making spills on our carpets, rugs and upholstery. And removing the subsequent stains can be difficult and time consuming. Scotchgard or another furniture protector can be a good way of repelling stains. However, regular cleaning by a professional is recommended if you want to keep your upholstery looking great in the long term. Which brings us to…
Finally, even if you vacuum our carpets and upholstery regularly, you may find that general wear robs it of its lustre over time. Dust, dirt, pet dander, and all manner of other matter can get ground deep into the fibers making your upholstery look older, darker and more worn and shabby. You may well find that professional cleaning once or twice a year keeps your upholstery looking newer for longer. Don’t just wait for a spilled glass of red wine or the mess left by a naughy pet.
Being proactive can help ensure that your upholstery remains beautiful, vibrant, rich and lustrous.