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Fabric Care Guide

Fabric Care Overview

A substantial amount of our extensive selection of beds and furniture are upholstered with a variety of different fabrics, each of which require care and attention to keep them looking and feeling their best. To maintain this level of quality you can adhere to Happy Beds' comprehensive fabric care guide.

Your Happy Beds fabric care guide overview:

  • Be gentle when cleaning; vigorous attempts at cleaning can damage your furniture.
  • Keeping on top of cleaning is the best way to keep beds and furniture at their best; a weekly vacuum and spot checking with lightly soap enriched water works best for most kinds of fabric.
  • Remember to keep this kind of cleaning focused on the fabric; wooden sections of the frames, legs, armrests or any metallic part of your furniture can be damaged by fabric cleaning methods.

Fantastic Facts:

  • Feather bed mattresses were considered prized possessions during the 17th century; so much so that they were passed down from one generation to the next.

How Do You Clean Fabric Bedframes, Headboards & 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, namely 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).


Regular care makes your bed or furniture look its best for longer, and also keeps them durable.

It should be noted that for sensitive materials like velvet, extra care must be taken. Very soft blotting with lukewarm water followed swiftly, if not immediately, by a quick dry.

For serious stains your bed or furniture’s upholstery should be handled by a dry cleaner or a professional; materials like velvet require expert care.

Avoid rigorous cleaning, especially rubbing your bed or furniture with a cloth. Dabbing the afflicted areas with a light touch is the best way to handle stains or general care.

Never use strong spirits, or standard cleaning supplies when cleaning fabric materials. Anything stronger than mildly soapy water can stain, or even remove colour, from materials. Under no circumstances should bleach be used.

Also avoid drying your bed or furniture at warm temperatures; you can use a hair dryer for a lot of materials but only on a low heat. Anything hotter may cause the materials to shrink.

Simple acts, such as vacuuming the bedframes or pieces of furniture, help a lot if they're done frequently. Some materials, such as velvet, can maintain its sheen for much longer if lightly brushed, where others can benefit from a quick once over with lint rollers.
Avoid vacuuming any velvet material, or vacuuming any material with the wrong attachment. The dusting brush attachment works wonders for most materials, as does the attachment specifically designed for upholstery, the upholstery tool.

How Can I Tell What Fabric is Used on my Bedframes, Headboards & 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.

As well as standard kinds of materials (such as linen, chenille, etc) the label may state that the bedframe, headboard or furniture is made of a ‘natural blend’ or a ‘synthetic blend’. The former usually refers to upholstery mostly made with cotton or linen, whereas the latter usually refers to materials such as polyester. If, for whatever reason, these labels have been removed or cannot be found then the type of material can usually be deduced by how it looks and feels.

Smooth, silky and sheened looking and feeling materials will either be silk, velvet, acetate or rayon. Soft, textured materials that are more often than not clad in a pattern will most likely be acrylic or cotton, whereas the same feeling material with a kind of ‘knitted’ look will be made of wool. Similarly soft, yet thinner and often wrinkled material is linen. Coarse, resistant materials can be either polyester or olefin, though the former will feel slightly smoother.


  • Avoid attempting to clean your bed / furniture without knowing what material it is.
  • If the label cannot be easily found then don’t do anything rash in trying to find it (such as disassembling or damaging the piece).
  • If the label cannot be easily found then don’t do anything rash in trying to find it (such as disassembling or damaging the piece).
Knowing what type of material your bedframe, headboard or furniture is made of or upholstered with is important, as each type of fabric requires specific approaches to cleaning and maintenance.

Why Choose Fabric Instead of Leather?

Benefits to fabric beds / furniture include greater comfort, longer lasting colour durability and are usually easier to maintain, thanks to the abundance of cleaning products specifically for fabric, as well as the methods you can easily utilise at home.

On average, fabric beds / furniture is cheaper as well, so they may adhere to a wider array of budgets. It should also be noted that for beds, leather retains heat much more efficiently than most fabrics, so choosing a leather upholstered bed may create an uncomfortable level of heat in the bedroom.

At the end of the day though, like any choice when it comes to decorating, personal taste is paramount. Fabric sofas lend themselves well to modern decors, family based rooms and areas that benefit from bright colours.

Avoid making a choice based solely on one factor. For example, though there may be a lower budget leather sofa available, they can be easily damaged by pets and may cost more in the long run with repairs. Also consider the room the furniture will be placed in; always get accurate measurements and, if you’re adhering to a certain style, remember to match the furniture well.

How Can I Prevent Pets Damaging Fabric Bedframes, Headboards & Furniture?

As much as we may love our pets, they can cause a great deal of damage to furniture if left to their own devices. Taking preventative measures can keep your fabric bedframes, headboards & furniture looking its best for longer.

Cats are often the culprits for damaging furniture, though there are some types of materials that discourage them from scratching. Tighter weaves are tougher for them to scratch, which will usually dissuade them from attempting to do so again, and velvet has been reported to be avoided more so than other materials, such as chenille and linen.

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.

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