Furniture Care

Care for your fabric upholstered furniture & protect against pet damage.

Care tips for your fabric upholstered furniture

Fabric-upholstered furniture adds function and beauty to a home. The choices are many with a wide variety of fibres, fabrics, colours and styles available. With the right care, the life of your fabric furniture can be prolonged.

In order to maintain the appearance and condition of your fabric, it is useful to develop a regular maintenance routine. Below are some tips on how to keep your furniture looking great:

- Regularly vacuum your furniture to remove dust, dirt and debris.
- Rotate & plump loose cushions to maintain their appearance and avoid uneven wear.
- Do not allow body/hair grease and oil to build up.
- Never use detergents or abrasive cleaners.
- Try not to place your furniture near heat sources or in direct sunlight, this could cause fading.
- If you accidently spill something on your furniture, wipe excess away (do not rub) with a slightly dampened sponge immediately. You should only use quality, specialised upholstery cleaning products to treat spills. Guardsman Fabric Care Collection is ideal to have in the home should an accident happen. 

In addition, many UK furniture retailers also offer Guardsman Protection Plans. Guardsman Furniture Protection Plans offer you complete peace of mind against stains, rips & tears, frame defects and even those accidental scratches and gouges caused by a surprised or scared pet, depending on which plan you buy. For further information on Guardsman Protection Plans click here.

Prevention is the Best Defence

When purchasing your furniture, it may be possible that your retailer can treat your fabric furniture with a protector. The Guardsman Protector is non-harmful and environmentally safe; it has been developed to give maximum possible protection against stains by creating an invisible barrier around the fibres of the fabric.  Guardsman protector leaves no smell and does not alter the look, feel or colour of your fabric; it is applied to your furniture before it is delivered to your home.  Ask your retailer when purchasing your furniture to see if application of Guardsman Protector is possible.

Pets - we love them, and sometimes they love our furniture a little more than we'd like.

Pets and Your Furniture

No question about it, we love our pets dearly, but they can be one of the biggest challenges we deal with, though, as we try to keep the house—and the furniture—looking and smelling its best.  Many pets, especially dogs, are constantly coming and going, inside and out. Unfortunately, they don’t always remember to wipe their feet and, of course, there are those times when even the best-trained don’t quite make it outside “in time.”

Pet Odours

Urine is probably the no. 1 cause of pet-related odour problems. Since lingering odours result from fluids that penetrate deep into the core of the fibre and have a chance to dry, it’s important to act quickly!

Right after the accident use an absorbent dry towel or kitchen roll to blot up as much of the liquid as possible.  Next, apply around 50-100ml of water directly to the stained area, again blotting up as much of the moisture as possible. Finally, fold a clean towel into quarters and lay it directly on top of the stain, using a heavy object to hold the towel in place for several hours. The absorbent action of the layered towel helps pull the diluted urine out.  The water also acts as a gentle and effective cleaning agent. If you still notice a stain, use Guardsman Fabric Stain Remover or a similar product to remove any remaining surface soil. For tougher urine stains, including those that have had a chance to dry before being noticed, try an oxidizing stain remover, bio-modifier, or pet urine neutralizer (you can find these products at most pet shops).

Fur—Naturally-occurring oils in cat and dog fur are a common source of nagging pet odours. When pets lay on carpets and furniture, these oils are eventually transferred to these surfaces.  An easy way to avoid these odours is to place a washable pet cushion, or even a blanket, where your pet likes to lay. Routine upholstery cleaning is a great way to keep pet odours at bay and will also take care of the everyday dirt and grime those beloved pets tend to bring inside after a walk. More frequent general cleaning of the area where your pet spends most of their time, and washing their bed cover often, can also help.  When selecting cleaning products, check the label—many are specially-formulated to neutralise odours.

Vomit & Faeces—Even the best trained pets occasionally get sick and can have a serious accident inside the home.  If at all possible, address stains as soon as they occur. First, use a gentle scraping motion to lift off and remove solid material from the fabric or carpet.  Next, if the stain has had a chance to dry, vacuum to further remove any loose surface residue.  Dampen a clean cloth or kitchen roll with water and blot the stained area. Use a mild water-based cleaner on water cleanable fabrics and carpets (always check the manufacturer’s instructions).