Tips for Choosing the Right Family Upholstery. From about.com
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Is your family room a place where everyone can be comfortable? Or are you constantly worrying about the possibility of stains on sofas or chairs? Is your living room furniture "off limits" to all but guests because you are worried that it will fray, pill, or wrinkle? Well, my advice is to "lighten up!" and get slipcovers! Or find furniture pieces upholstered in "child-friendly" fabrics. Here are easy ways to make certain your new upholstery is durable enough for every member of the family!
Child Friendly Fabrics (help for Husbands, too):
· Thread Count. Fabrics with a higher thread count (the number of threads per square inch) and a tighter weave are more durable that those with looser weaves. They will stand up the hard abuse that your family dishes out!
· Fabric Content. Fabrics made of natural fibers will absorb stains more quickly than man-made fabrics, but they will clean up easier. Fabrics made with man-made fibers are soil-resistant but don't clean up as well (so kool-aid stains may be difficult to remove!)
· Textured or Not. Highly-textured fabrics, such as tweeds, can fray easily when they get excessive use. Fabrics that stand up best to fraying are flat weaves such as cottons or jacquards.
· Solid or Pattern. Light colors show soil, while dark colors show debris and dirt. Why not try a medium color with a pattern? Patterns can hide a multitude of forgotten chocolate chips!
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And if that fails:
Slipcovers. Buy washable slipcovers for whatever sofa or chair you chose. It will extend the wear of your furniture and help you relax! If something gets spilled, just throw the slipcover in the washing machine and refit it on the sofa while it is still slightly damp.
And always, always, always…
Rotate and vacuum. Whatever upholstery you choose, you should rotate the cushions every month and vacuum them regularly. Doing so will prolong the life of your furniture. Plus... upholstery should be cleaned regualry- every 1 to 2 years. Give my company a try, click here: Boulder upholstery cleaning.
Follow these tips and your new upholstered furniture may survive your children, teenagers - and even Fido!