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How To Care For Fabric Beds and Furniture


Our Fabric Care Guide includes everything you need to know about making your upholstered furniture and soft furnishings in your home look as beautiful as the day you bought it. Many fabric beds or sofas within our home can get neglected, simply because we don't know how to clean them - Happy Beds are here to help you with this with our detailed Fabric Care Guide.

Things You Will Need

Before you get stuck into re-vamping and protecting your fabric upholstered furniture, here are a list of products and items you may need for this process:

White cloths are the best option for blotting fabric to prevent colour transfer.
Luke-warm water is the ideal liquid temperature to treat fabric with.
Fabric deodorant treats odours and nourishes fabric.
Vacuum cleaner for regular treatment of dust and bacteria build-up.
Stain removal solution can treat trickier stains without harming the fabric (check label for use first).

Benefits of Fabric Furniture

Fabric beds and upholstered furniture are popular or a reason. If you are struggling to decide between fabric, leather or metal furniture, let us inform you on just some of the benefits to upholstered fabric:

Fabric furniture:

  • Is usually cheaper in price compared to other upholstery.

  • Can create cosiness and warmth in bedrooms.

  • Comes in a wider range of colours and styles.

  • Can be more durable and resistant to wear.

  • Mostly resists scratches and significant signs of damage.

The Dos and Don'ts of Fabric Care

Looking for some fabric care tips? Familiarise yourself of what to do (and what not to do) when caring for your fabric bed or sofa. Remember that every fabric is different, and each piece of furniture will have its own guidelines and labels to determine what products can or cannot be used when cleaning.

  • Do check the labels of any cleaning solutions prior to use on fabric furniture.
  • Do use white cloths to treat fabric, to prevent colour transfer from other coloured cloths.
  • Do vacuum your fabric furniture regularly to prevent dust or bacteria build-up.

  • Do not rub fabric vigorously or saturate the fabric during treatment.
  • Do not apply harmful heat to the fabric when drying.
  • Do not ignore the care guidelines or labels on the furniture.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you clean fabric bed frames, headboards and furniture?


Most materials (such as chenille, cotton and linen) benefit from frequent brushing or vacuuming, though both methods must be undertaken with a light hand. Some materials, like polyester, can only be cleaned with vacuuming whilst others, like velvet, cannot be vacuumed at all. The majority of materials can be cleaned when stained with lukewarm water mixed with a mild soap (only small amounts; enough for bubbles to just start forming) and a white cloth (to prevent any colour spilling).

How can I tell what fabric is used on my bed frame, headboard or furniture?


Normally a tag or label on bedframes, headboards & furniture will give a comprehensive and concise summary about the materials used, how fire retardant the piece is and where it was constructed. For beds this label is usually located at the base of the headboard, whereas pieces of furniture like sofas and chairs usually have these labels on the bottom of the base, near the legs, or under the cushioned section.

Why choose fabric over leather?


Benefits to fabric beds / furniture include greater comfort, longer lasting colour durability and are usually easier to maintain, all for usually a cheaper price in comparison to leather furniture.

How can I prevent pets damaging my fabric furniture and bed frame?


Quickly blotting any dirt afflicted areas with lukewarm, soapy water can remove any lasting stains. Any large stains should be approached in patches, concentrating on one area until the stain is completely gone before moving onto another. If you do have major concerns surrounding how your pet will interact with your bed / furniture then consider avoiding materials with a loose weave, such as chenille, linen and cotton. Opting for choices such as polyester may prove to be more durable.