From sofas to chairs to ottomans, slipcovers are a beautiful and simple way to give your room a seasonal refresh. You can get the look of brand-new furniture with that cozy broken-in feeling we all crave at the end of a long day. Swapping out the slipcover can change the entire dynamic of the piece – are you in need of neutral furniture because you just bought a bold rug? Or do you want to make a statement with your furniture? With slipcovers you’re the designer! But remember, not all slipcovers are created equal. In order to preserve the life of your slipcovers you must follow the care instructions. If it says non-washable DO NOT wash it. You will ruin the slipcover. If you can wash it then check out these tips below! Washing || Utilize a commercial-sized washer (aka head to the laundromat). The reason for this is so you can wash all components of the slipcover together so the fading (which is inevitable with washable fabrics) will remain uniform. Run the machine through an empty wash cycle first to remove any residue that may have been left behind from the last person that used it – you don’t want anything staining your beautiful slipcover! Zip all zippers closed and using a mild detergent (no bleach or bleach alternatives) wash your slipcover in cold water. Drying || For best results air drying is recommended, but if you do dry the slipcover in the commercial dryer be sure to the NO HEAT setting and remove when still slightly damp. Wrinkles are normal. Dressing || Replace the slipcover on the frame when it’s still slightly damp; this will help relieve some of the wrinkles and contour the fabric so it reshapes properly. Rotate the seat and back cushions every 20 minutes until it’s dry to prevent water stains.
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. For more information on how to care and clean your Sunbrella Fabric, please click here. Cushion Care and ExpectationsNew 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 FadingFabrics 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 PerformanceMany 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 CareBefore washing, 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.
Take Good Care Extend the life of your merchandise with these furniture care techniques. THE LIFE OF YOUR PURCHASE can be extended with proper maintenance and care. The pages below contain facts you need to know about various furniture materials, as well as some great tips for extending the life of your new purchase. If you purchased a Protection Plan, be sure to refer to the warranty card for care and cleaning guidelines. Visit the "Furniture Warranty Programs" page for additional information. Upholstery Fabric and Cushions Care and Maintenance Cushion Care and Expectations Color Change and Fading Fabric Performance: Pilling/Shading/Stretching Odors Slipcover Care Leather and Cushions Care and Maintenance Cushion Care and Expectations Understanding and Maintaining Leather Furniture Odors Pets and Leather Furniture Wood Furniture Care and Maintenance Understanding the Appearance of Wood Furniture Finish/ Color Change Odors Expansion/ Contraction Leveling and Tightening Components Table Leaves Area Rugs and Rug Padding Care and Maintenance Rug Padding On the Surface: Shedding/ Pilling/ Sprouts and Pulls Dye Variations Odors
Learn how to care for upholstery fabric and cushions, as well as upholstered furniture, with these tips from Jordan's Furniture
Learn how to care for your furniture with these tips from the professionals at Jordan's Furniture in MA, NH and RI.