When one is dropping a couple grand on a piece of furniture, it's safe to say that one wants to get as much life as possible out of their items. Sadly, many inadvertently end up shortening the lifespan of their furniture because they don't have the slightest clue as to how to take care of such valuable items in their home. However, there's plenty of ways once can not only extend the lifespan of their furniture, but get almost ten to fifteen years more out of such important home items. Thankfully, we're going to share some excellent tips on how one can extend the lifespan of their furniture.
Utilize All Furniture
If you happen to be one of the individuals who have several seating arrangements in your home, try to utilize all if the furniture. Given the amount of seating that could be at your disposal, many simply stick with their favorite. Sadly, this leads to wear on only one item of furniture. So before you relax on your favorite piece of furniture, why not share the attention with other furniture in your home. In addition to this, don't forget to flip your cushions as often as possible. It will not only keep your furniture looking great longer, but it will allow the cushions to wear evenly.
Keep It Away From Sunlight
As much as the sun is known as an enemy when it comes to constant exposure to the skin, the same can be said for your furniture. That's right, harsh UV rays can do just as much damage to your furniture as it can to your skin. So given this scenario, it's important to keep the furniture of your home away from the sunlight whenever possible. If you happen to have leather or upholstered furniture, this is especially true. In the event you cannot keep your furniture away from the sunlight, try to utilize shades, curtains, or blinds to extend your furniture's lifespan.
Have A Cleaning Routine
Although this is painfully obvious when it comes to furniture upkeep, many tend to forget to regularly clean their furniture. Sure, the furniture won't look great if it isn't kept clean, but don't forget to clean the surrounding areas as well. Polish shelving, vacuum cushions, and dust other areas that could collect some pesky particles. If the furniture you own is leather, treating it whenever possible is an excellent idea, since not treating it can lead to breaks and splits in the leather.
Keep Pets Off
Sure, they're adorable, but having them pounce on a couple thousand dollar investment isn't a fantastic idea. Although they may not mean it, pets do have a way of destroying anything they can get their paws on. However, don't think such destruction is only possible with puppies. Whenever a pet sheds, the hairs tend to go deep into the cushion, which is incredibly difficult to vacuum out of the couch cushions. In addition to this, pets tend to leave their body odor and sweat all over the couch. Sure, the couch may not smell now, but in roughly 5 years the only way you'll be able to get rid of the smell is to remove the furniture entirely.
Another thing worth mentioning is that pets have nails, which can quickly become a new couch's worst nightmare. So in consideration of these factors, keeping a pet off of your furniture should be a huge priority.
Refrain From Couch Eating
We're all guilty of doing this, so the best way to avoid a permanent, deep stain on your furniture is to refrain from eating or drinking on the couch altogether. Why not keep all eating and drinking activities limited to a table where such messes are easier to clean up or wipe down.
Stain Proof Your Furniture
Sure, stain proofing your furniture will leave a dent in your wallet, but it will save you some serious cash if you happen to have children in the home. At roughly $100, stain proofing furniture will help you alleviate the stress (and immediate response) that comes with a wine spill. Another advantage that comes with stain proofing is that many stain proofing companies offer a guarantee with their product. Some companies even go as far as replacing your furniture if a stain cannot be removed.
Considering the information above, there's plenty of ways one can extend the lifespan of their furniture for decades to come. Thankfully, Impress Home Design is here to help you do exactly that. Contact us today for information on how we can help you keep your furniture looking great (or keep new furniture purchased from us looking great) for years to come.