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2021 Furniture Care Tips (Leather, Fabric, Wood, & Rugs)

May 8, 2020


During these uncertain times, many of us are doing our part and staying home. While we can take this opportunity to work from home and reconnect with loved ones, you may feel that you have some extra time on your hands. 

You might be wondering, what else can I do to be productive at home? 

May we suggest getting organized?  When is the last time you went through your closets, sorted through all that stuff in the basement, and what about spring cleaning your furniture? 

Could your furniture use a good cleaning? Spring is one of La-Z-Boy of Ottawa & Kingston’s favourite time of the year. Flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and all the magic of spring is unfolding. While it may not always be great weather outside, it’s the perfect time to finish up those indoor chores.

You may have questions about what are the best ways to clean upholstery, leather and wood furniture. Here are some spring furniture cleaning tips you may want to consider when cleaning your Furniture. Let some fresh air in and create an exceptional, clean and stylish environment.

1. Leather Furniture Care Tips

Allow leather to first acclimatize to your home for a while. Keep leather clean, dust and vacuum often when cleaning leather furniture using a crevice tool for the seams.

For weekly dusting, use a clean, soft, lint-free cloth slightly dampened with distilled water and wipe the area gently.

Leather is very much like human skin, we wash away dirt and oil build-up and moisturize our own skin to avoid it becoming dry or cracked.  To avoid build-up of body/hair oil accumulation, using a damp cloth clean leather with distilled water and mild soap such as Neutrogena, Dove or Ivory regularly. 

Some experts recommend using vinegar on leather stains but La-Z-Boy only recommends using distilled water and mild soap. Clean the leather stain in a circular motion and wait for it to dry before using the furniture again.

Here is a perfect example of a leather chair that retains its beauty, many years after purchase. Purchased on July 13, 2003; look at how beautiful the leather is up to this day. The client takes good care of the chair by cleaning it monthly with a mildly damp cloth with mild soap.

Furniture Care Tips (Leather, Fabric, Wood, & Rugs)

2. Fabric Furniture Care Tips

Because dust and dirt cause fabric to wear faster, we recommend the use of an upholstery attachment to vacuum the product.

Cushions may 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. Regularly flip, rotate, fluff and regulate removable cushions to ensure even wear and increase longevity.

iClean Fabric spills or stains can be blotted with a cloth/towel. For tougher spills or stains, use mild soap and distilled water mixture.

DO NOT use any leather treatments on our Performance/Renewed fabric!

Pilling/balling of fabric can be resolved by using a battery-operated pill shaver.

Put that steam cleaner to work. It’s perfect for deep cleaning upholstered furniture. “Steam cleaners do an outstanding job of disinfecting your furniture, floors, and bathrooms without chemicals. These machines turn ordinary tap water into superheated steam that will kill 99% of bacteria, germs, and viruses.”* Just remember to factor in drying time.

If you have family members with allergies, invest in a HEPA vacuum. You can use it on floors as well as furniture and can reduce allergens and dust exposure.

For more detailed information on furniture care check out La-Z-Boy’s leather and fabric care guide.

Furniture Care Tips (Leather, Fabric, Wood, & Rugs)

3. Wood Furniture Care Tips

NEVER use all-purpose cleaning sprays when you clean wood furniture. To avoid surface smears and dust attraction, refrain from using polish and cleaning products that contain a high percentage of oil.

Wood is especially susceptible to dust mites, which are very unwelcome houseguests. Use a super soft, and barely damp cloth to wipe down furniture regularly, folding and flipping with each swipe to make sure the cloth is fresh and not just moving the dust mites.

For dusting, use clean, dry, soft cloths or feather dusters to remove dust.

Keep furniture away from heating and air conditioning sources to prevent loss of moisture in wood and out of direct sunlight to avoid bleaching of wood.

Beware of mould, it loves wooden surfaces. If you spot a spore, use a gentle, natural cleanser like distilled white vinegar, or even vodka, to get rid of it.

A gentle rub of a pumice stone can remove any damage that your wooden furniture might have sustained, follow that up with some furniture oil.

Keep a blow dryer nearby, if someone forgets to use a coaster and your wood gets a water ring, zap them (the rings, not whoever forgot the coaster), with some low heat from the dryer.

Immediately wipe away any liquid spilled on a tabletop and store table leaves where conditions are similar to your table.

To learn more, read furniture care tips for Canadel dining collections.

Furniture Care Tips (Leather, Fabric, Wood, & Rugs)

4. Care Tips for Rugs

Canister vacuums without beater bars are the optimal type of vacuum to use on rugs. Many of today’s upright vacuums are super high powered. The high suction can pull out the threads from the back of a rug and cause “sprouts.” 

Use the handheld attachment to vacuum your area rug, whenever possible. Brooms and manual sweepers are also a gentle and effective way to clean rugs.

Rugs of all types and materials should be rotated to balance colour and evenly distribute wear.

Clean spills immediately. Once the stain is set, it becomes much more difficult to clean. Use “no bleach” stain remover.

Never rub a spill, as this forces the spill deeper into the rug. Instead, blot the stain with a clean white cloth.

Use a lint roller to gently lift pet hair from the carpet, especially in those areas where your furry friend frequents.

To learn more about protecting your furniture from pets, read our pet friendly furniture article.

For wool rugs, use lukewarm water to remove any residual cleaner and a dry towel to absorb any remaining moisture

It’s always a good idea to use a professional area rug cleaning expert.

Next Steps:

These tips offer a good overview of how to clean your furniture and what products are best to use. 

Remember, La-Z-Boy furniture, when properly cared for, will maintain its beauty and appearance for several years. An annual professional cleaning will keep your upholstered, leather and wood furniture looking their best.

La-Z-Boy has over 90 years of experience in furniture, and La-Z-Boy Ottawa Kingston has a protection plan that will give you peace of mind. Our service team is ready to help you with all your furniture cleaning questions.

Email or call 613-749-0001 to get in touch with our service department.

If you’re interested in updating your furniture we’re here to help. Contact us for an online consultation and find out what we have to offer.

Happy cleaning! 

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