Furniture is more than a place where you read a book or unwind in front of the television. It is also one of the largest investments you will make on the interior of your home. Follow these helpful tips to keep that investment looking great for years to come.

1. Vacuum Regularly

While most homeowners vacuum their floors on a regular basis, upholstered furniture is often cleaned less frequently. Just because there may not be crumbs or debris visible on the surface doesn’t mean they aren’t there! Vacuuming at least once a week can help prevent dirt and dust from infiltrating the fibers of your upholstery, and can go a long way to making it last longer.

2. Keep the Wood Clean

Taking care of any wood on your furniture is vital to maintaining its beauty. Use warm water and mild dish soap to clean the wood. Wipe the dirt off the surface with a soft cloth until it has been removed, then dry off any remaining water with the cloth.

3. Remove Stains Quickly

Applying stain protection to your upholstered furniture is a must, but the time will eventually come where a drop of red wine breaches those defenses. Treating and removing the stain immediately is vital to the long term health of your furniture, because once the stain sets, it can permanently damage or discolor the fabric. Immediately apply a stain treatment that is safe for the fabric of your furniture, and be sure to blot, not rub, the stain until it disappears.

4. Schedule Professional Cleaning

Regular vacuuming, cleaning, and stain removal can only do so much. Sometimes it takes a professional touch to keep your upholstered furniture maintaining its beauty. Professional cleaners remove dirt that has become embedded in the fibers that normal care and vacuuming can’t remove and repair or touch up any damage to the wood. A professional cleaner can also apply a new coat of stain protection to help keep the upholstery blotch free for even longer.