Tips for washing upholstery for leather and fabric sofas and armchairs
How to take care of fabrics and leathers Tips for washing, cleaning and maintenance
Taking care of sofas and armchairs consists above all of the maintenance, cleaning and washing of their upholstery. Only in this way, in fact, will it be possible to maintain the beauty of your furnishing accessory, guaranteeing durability over time and maximum comfort.
CTS Salotti is only too aware of this aspect, which is why it has decided to provide its customers with some suggestions for optimal maintenance, without running the risk of damaging the leathers and fabrics used for the upholstery of sofas and armchairs.
Firstly we must distinguish the type of upholstery:
- Coupled leather
- Removable fabric
- Non-removable fabric.
The different ways to care for your sofa according to the upholstery
Sofas and armchairs with leather upholstery
Leather products are not removable, therefore for normal cleaning it is advisable to dust with a soft, dry cloth.
If there are stains present, these can be removed by treating the surface with a damp cloth and delicate cleaning products, such as neutral soap (Marseille soap) or cleansing milk, however, avoid rubbing the surface to be treated. The stain should be gently dabbed starting from the edges and moving towards the centre.
Never use steam or abrasive and/or aggressive products, as they would inevitably damage the leather. Furthermore, exposure to direct sunlight or to heat sources should also be avoided.
In the case of more resistant stains, please contact us and we will try to provide ad hoc information, taking into account the cause of the individual stain.
Sofas and armchairs with matching leather upholstery
Coupled leather products are not removable, therefore for normal cleaning it is advisable to dust with a soft, dry cloth.
For the removal of stains, there are two cleaning methods based on the type of the same, which is why we therefore ask you to contact us directly. In general, the first method involves the use of water-based detergents, or the dilution of two tablespoons of ammonia in a litre of water, and then gently dab the stain with a cloth moistened in this solution, turning it so that only the clean part comes into contact with the stain. The second method involves the use of only non-aggressive, pure and water-free dry cleaning solvents, with which to moisten a cloth and pat gently.
Sofas and armchairs with removable fabric cover
For the ordinary cleaning of accessories with removable fabric, it is advisable to vacuum, at least weekly, crumbs, dust and any residues. In the case of animal fur and human hair, you can use the classic adhesive roller or a dry microfibre cloth and then brush with a soft-bristle brush.
In the case of stains, even if the fabric is washable in water, we recommend that you proceed with dry cleaning, as the product is removable. In the case of small stains we recommend proceeding using a microfibre cloth moistened in warm water and Marseille soap with a movement from the edges towards the centre.
Sofas and armchairs with non-removable fabric cover
For the ordinary cleaning of sofas and armchairs with non-removable fabric covers, it is advisable to vacuum crumbs, dust and any residues at least once a week. In the case of animal fur and human hair, you can use the classic adhesive roller or a dry microfibre cloth and then brush with a soft-bristle brush.
In the case of stains we recommend proceeding using a microfibre cloth moistened in warm water and Marseille soap, moving from the edges of the same towards the centre. If you do not obtain a satisfactory result, try again using a solution obtained by diluting two tablespoons of bicarbonate in a litre of warm water and dabbing again with a damp microfibre cloth.
If the stains persist, you can contact us directly, specifying the type of stain and fabric, and we will therefore try to provide ad hoc advice.