When you purchase furniture it is important to also think about your upholstery protection options. Furniture is an investment that could serve you for years to come or it could quickly be destroyed and rendered useless. Even if you live a fairly clean lifestyle, accidents happen. When it comes to protecting the fabric that makes your furniture beautiful, there are several options you can consider.
There are non-toxic options
Many people strive to have an earth-friendly, non-toxic environment in their homes. Unfortunately, there is a significant lack of "non-toxic" fabric protection methods out there. The majority of protective products contain bioaccumulative substances called perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOA) or perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS). Bioaccumulative means that the substance contaminates the air, soil, water and even people around it permanently. People can absorb these substances in their cells faster than their bodies can get rid of them. The reason these chemicals are used in protective products is that they effectively adhere to the upholstery and last a long time.
So what can consumers do about it?
Products like EcoShield Fabric Protection, MicroSeal Fabric Protection and Velcra Spray are three environmentally friendly upholstery protection options available in a world where finding these types of safe products is rare. Some companies use non-toxic solutions as well, creating another reason to get professional help.
If fluorochemicals are not a concern of the homeowner, there is an extensive market of upholstery protection sprays that completely seal furniture so stains cannot set in. They provide miraculous results by bonding to the individual fibers of the fabric and lasting for years. Most of these sprays also come with a warranty.
As an alternative to spraying furniture with a protective seal, furniture covers are an excellent option. While furniture covers were once unattractive and bland in appearance, they are now much more appealing to the eye. These covers can be used every day or only when visitors are not expected. They are a great options for keeping furniture in the best possible condition and they are easily removable for when furniture should be showed off. As a bonus, they keep allergens out of fabric.
If preventative protection is not desired, regular upholstery cleaning can be a consideration. Choosing to professionally clean furniture once a year is a great way to maintain the original look and feel of upholstered furniture. Spot cleaning in between these regular professional cleanings keeps stains at bay.
Clean upholstery makes the home as a whole feel more cleanly. It makes visitors feel comfortable and welcome. Protected furniture gives homeowners a pleasant place to take time and relax during breaks from busy daily obligations. In addition to these benefits, upholstery protection may keep dust and germs at bay so illness stays out of the house.
Save money in the long-term by protecting your furniture today
If you are investing in furniture, like any other major purchase, great care should be taken to ensure that the investment lasts. Keeping your furniture in attractive, working condition makes life easier. It also allows you to invite guests into the home without hesitation. To learn more about these and other upholstery protection options, give us a call today.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Orange Coast Carpet Care, call us at (949) 229-4030.