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How to Care for Your Upholstery
Buying a sofa is like falling in love. Find a good one and you'll be together for life. To help your sofa to continue to look it's best, read our upholstery care guide for hints and tips.
Our craftsmen build to the highest standards of durability, comfort and safety with all Heal’s furniture complying with current regulations on flammability.
Unless otherwise stated Heal’s upholstery is designed for general domestic use only.
All cushions, whether foam, fibre or feather filled, should be plumped up regularly, especially fibre or feather filled. Plumping is vital to best maintain upholstery on an ongoing basis, to help retain softness, comfort and appearance. Where cushions are reversible they should be turned regularly to prolong the life of both filling and fabric. Leather cushions may not be reversible as it is sometimes necessary to use fabric on the reverse to allow the cushions to breathe. Occasionally it may be necessary to undo the zip and slide your arm inside to re-adjust the edges of cushion in relation to the piping on the cushion cover during use.
We do not advise placing upholstery in your home where it might receive prolonged exposure to sunlight, as this can cause fabric to fade.
If you have pets then bear in mind that claws can be particularly damaging to upholstered furniture – as can any kind of sharp object.
Use a vacuum cleaner or soft brush to remove surface dust on a weekly basis. Non-removable covers should not be washed or dry-cleaned.
We do not recommend the use of spirit cleaner to remove spots and stains. If however, you choose to spot clean please be careful to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
We recommend that furniture with non-removable covers should be fully cleaned once a year by a specialist cleaning company. It may be possible to wash or dry clean removable covers in accordance with the manufacturers cleaning instructions label. However Heal’s would recommend that all upholstery cleaning be carried out in situ even for removable covers. This will give a better-finished result.
Some marks can be removed using a cloth moistened with mild soapy water-but never detergent.
N.B. Excessive use of water or over-energetic cleaning can destroy the surface finish.
One of the characteristics of velvet is its inherent nap: that is, the pile of the fabric will move and catch the light in different directions. This is the nature of the fabric and it should not be viewed as a fault.
Sometimes, the pile may appear crushed when new, but this can be resolved by sweeping with a clothes brush (or in rare cases, by professional steaming). Over time, the pile will crush but this is part of the antiquing process and will not affect the durability or charm of the product.
For advice on caring for leather upholstery, read our Leather Care Guide