Upholstery Fabric and Cushions

Upholstery Maintenance

Here are some great tips for maintaining the beauty of your fabric-covered furniture.

Caring for Upholstery Furniture

  • Professional cleaning is recommended.
  • Using the brush attachment, vacuum fabric surfaces regularly to remove debris. A lint-roller can be used as well.
  • Use a whisk broom or soft brush on feather and down cushions; do not vacuum.
  • Sit on the cushions, not the backs and arms of sofas, chairs etc. Sitting on backs and arms can cause structural damage.
  • Ottomans, recliner footrests, and the end of an opened sleep sofa are not designed to hold body weight; if sat on these pieces can break.
  • If a (fifth) center support leg is included with a sofa, screw it into place (the middle) to maintain the structural integrity of the frame. Often, the center support leg is suspended ½" above the floor, making contact with the floor as weight is applied to the sofa.
  • Maintain screw-in legs by tightening when needed. Do not over-tighten!
  • Move upholstery furniture by lifting it. Dragging or pushing furniture can damage furniture and floors.
  • To reduce the movement of upholstery and sectional pieces on hardwood floors, place furniture cups with rubber bottoms under the legs.
  • Cleaning codes are used as a guide when having upholstery professionally cleaned. Please click the link below for more information on cleaning codes:
  • Click here for more information on Stain Removal and Fabric Cleaning Products

Cushion Care and Expectations

  • New seat cushions can feel 'firmer'. To accelerate the softening process, carefully walk barefoot on the cushions on a hardwood floor.
  • In time, as they are used, cushions will soften, and can become compressed. Regular flipping and rotating the seat cushions will help maintain their appearance, plus maximize performance and comfort.
  • Like rotating tires on a car, rotating the placement of seat cushions will extend the life of the cushions.
  • Redistribute the fill in back cushions to help maintain the shape and improve comfort.

Color Change and Fading

  • Fabrics can fade or change color when exposed to direct or indirect sunlight. Natural fabrics- cotton, linen, and silk- are most susceptible to color loss.
  • Synthetic fabrics- polyester and acrylic- are less likely to fade.
  • To minimize fading, avoid placing upholstery pieces in direct sunlight.
  • Tinted window treatments can help reduce fading.

Fabric Performance

  • Many fabrics are prone to pilling when first exposed to friction. Pilling is the shedding of excess fibers, and is usually found in "high use" areas such as on seat cushions and seat backs.
  • Pilling subsides in time.
  • The use of a fabric shaver-such as the type that's used on clothing- controls pilling.
  • Fabrics with a raised nap or smooth, shiny texture- like velvet or some chenille fabrics- often show shading. (Light and dark areas) Regular vacuuming with a brush attachment can help even-out the appearance of the fabric.
  • Fabric can stretch. Most common in seating areas, this can result in a relaxed appearance called "puddling". Flipping and turning seat cushions regularly can help minimize puddling.

Odors: That "New Sofa Smell"

  • New upholstery furniture often has an odor. The odor is not harmful, and will dissipate in a short amount of time.
  • Air out the room by opening doors and windows if possible to reduce the smell of the new furniture.
  • Using dryer sheets, or coffee grinds in an open container, near the furniture can help neutralize any odors.

Washable Slipcover Care

  • Before washing, check your sales receipt under the "fabric description" to see if the fabric purchased is washable. Or, contact our Customer Service Department (1-866-8-Jordans) for help.
  • If your fabric is washable, click on the link for step-by-step laundering instructions:
  • Slipcover care handout
  • Non-washable slipcovers, or for customers who choose not to wash their slipcovers, should be cleaned by an upholstery cleaner in the home, on the frame.