For countless centuries, Italian design has been the juggernaut of the style world and it still remains one of the most influential trendsetters today. When it comes to furniture, Italian pieces have become synonymous with chic style and elegant taste. That could explain why more and more people have started incorporating Italian furniture into their interior design.
But, as always, luxury furniture represents a massive investment for most people. And once you buy a piece, it is very important to maintain it properly. This is the only way that your new furniture will be able to serve you for a long, long time. It makes no sense to go to a reputable furniture store and buy an expensive piece of Italian furniture, only to let it fall to ruin a short while later!
The only problem – if you can call it that – is that Italian furniture is quite unique. It is characterized by rich fabrics, supple leather, and sophisticated design. You are more likely to find unique materials like glass, leather, and steel – rather than just plain old wood. This looks great in your home but requires specialized skills to clean and maintain.
That said, here are 4 tips that can help you maintain your Italian furniture:
- Protect the Fabric
In general, sunlight causes upholstery to discolor, fade, and even rot. Spillages and sharp objects also present a clear danger to your furniture. So take care to ensure that your furniture is not set out in direct sunlight. You can do this by keeping your curtains or blinds drawn.
Direct heat from the fireplace, heater, or radiator can also cause adverse effects. So take care to arrange your furniture away from any sources of direct heat.
It’s also important to avoid tears. Your pets’ claws or objects like buckles, jewelry, and rivets can snag or scratch your fabric. If this happens, avoid pulling at or cutting any snag. Instead, simply tuck it in.
- Keep it Clean
Regular cleaning is the best way to ensure that your furniture stays well maintained. If left unchecked, accumulated dirt will dull colors and make your fabric degrade faster. So make sure to vacuum clean your upholstery at least once every week.
Act quickly when a spill occurs. Don’t rub it into the fabric or let the stain set in. Instead, use a dry white cloth or kitchen paper to absorb the spillage. Avoid using any household cleaners on the spill.
It’s also a good idea to use a professional cleaning service once in a while. Don’t try to do this in-depth cleaning yourself! Different fabrics require specialized methods and materials to clean them without causing damage.
- Maintaining Cushions
The best way to keep your cushions looking good as new is to plump them regularly. Not only will this keep them in great condition, it will also help to prolong their longevity. And depending on the filler, you can take their maintenance a step further.
Foam cushions tend to lose some of their hardness after a few weeks of use. You can help them maintain their shape by turning them on the reversible side regularly. For fiber or feather cushions, you should plump and pat them vigorously from time to time.
If you haven’t been plumping and turning your cushions regularly, you may have noticed that they start to lose their shape. In this case, simply unzip the top cover, reposition the filling, and follow the steps outlined above.
But it’s important to note that you will have to replace your cushions every few years. This is unavoidable, but the period between each replacement depends on how you use them.
- Take Care of the Wood
When used in Italian furniture, wood is usually covered with a hard-wearing lacquer to protect it. So use a soft, damp cloth to clean the surface then buff it with a clean, dry one. Avoid using solvents, polishes, or abrasive cleaners which can damage the lacquer.
Also, change the position of your wood furniture regularly, especially if it is placed in direct sunlight. This is because longer exposure can cause wood to become darker or lighter, depending on the type of wood. Leaving your furniture in one spot can cause unattractive patches to appear.
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