Expert Tips: How to Properly Clean Your Upholstered Headboard
- Fantastic Team
- Published: June 20, 2018
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People say bedroom furniture is not complete without a headboard. Having an upholstered headboard on your bed adds both a luxury and cosy feel to your bedroom. Subdued or over-the-top, modern or in a renaissance style, sooner or later, there will come a time to clean it and maintain its look in top condition.
So, if you:
Then keep reading! This article will answer your questions.
The most common way a headboard gets dirty is through the constant touch with our skin and hair. As a consequence, skin oil, sweat, as well as make-up and hair products gradually accumulate in the fabric, making a regular cleaning routine a must. So, let’s dive in and learn how to maintain and clean fabric headboards and take care of all common stains, having in mind the specifics of each fabric.
There is a wide variety of fabric headboards and there are slight differences in the approach you should take when cleaning and maintaining them. Here are the main upholstered headboard styles:
Depending on the type of fabric your upholstered headboard is made of, you’ll need a combination of the following cleaning supplies:
Now that you know the types of upholstered headboard designs and the tools you’ll need, let’s go through each of the most commonly used fabrics and learn how to clean them properly:
Choosing a velvet headboard adds elegance to your furniture and shows your bold character. If in a bright colour, however, any discolouration will be much more visible. So, taking extra care of your velvet upholstered headboard is a must if you want to enjoy it for longer. Use the following steps to clean stains from velvet fabric:
If the stain is liquid, soak it with a paper towel or a dry white cloth.
Similar to cleaning linen, make a mix of mild detergent and water and use the sudsy foam to blot the stain gently.
Another homemade option is to mix lemon juice with baking soda to create foamy texture. Use straight movements along with the nap and never rub.
Blot out with a dry cloth and use a hairdryer to dry the area faster.
Wool is a natural fabric, preferred in colder climates, due to its warm and soft texture. It is resistant to wrinkling, fading and peeling. Oftentimes, the wool is combined with synthetic fibres to make it easier to clean. So, inspect the label of your headboard before you start cleaning it.
In most cases, the best way to clean this type of cloth headboard is by steam cleaning, as they retain water, making any type of wet cleaning an undesirable option.
Linen is also a natural fabric and is known to brown, become brittle and dry slowly. To clean linen headboards, do the following:
Suede is a soft fabric with open-texture, making it more susceptible to accumulate dirt, dust and stains, compared to, say, leather. Here is how to easily clean your suede headboard:
It is important to know that different suede upholstery will react differently to cleaning detergents, so always spot test on a hidden area first.
Before you begin, check the manufacturer’s label for any details about how it should be cleaned. Still, the common method to clean a leather upholstered headboard is:
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Now you know how to clean your headboard and what supplies to use. What’s left is to learn how to prolong your upholstery life by maintaining it properly and treating any stains the right way.
This is the first and most important tip. Even if you’re watching TV late at night and stain the headboard with ice cream or pizza, treat it immediately to save yourself any future headache.
Most upholstery manufacturers have agreed upon wash care symbols created by an industry committee. By knowing what these cleaning codes mean you’ll know how the fabric can be cleaned.
Here is what the codes mean:
Dry stains are much harder to remove as the stain has already penetrated deep into the fabric.
Dusting and steam cleaning are not only used to keep your headboard clean and fresh, but they also keep mould, bacteria and other unwanted organisms away from the fabric. It is advisable to vacuum your headboard every week or two and steam clean it every half a year.
If you have pets at home, a squeegee can help you brush and clump all the hairs so you can vacuum them more easily.
An upholstered headboard is much more sensitive than a wooden or metal one, so leaning straight on it might cause it to change its shape and deform over time. Try placing a pillow between you and the headboard to increase its lifespan.
You wash our pillows and sheets on a regular basis, but it is hard to do that with the headboard. To keep it fresh and clean:
If you want to clean your headboard less often, you can keep the dust and stains away by using a slipcover. It can be washed easily and you can remove it at any point when you want your bedroom to look classy again.
Now you know that each type of upholstered fabric, just as the type of stain, requires a different approach and it might be too much of a hassle to clean it yourself.
If that’s the case, you can always entrust the job to a professional upholstery cleaning company like Fantastic Services and this way, avoid any mishaps.
With our industry-standard cleaning methods, such as hot water extraction (HWE), often called steam cleaning, dry (foam) cleaning, as well as leather upholstery cleaning, rest assured that your headboards will be treated with optimal results.
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