Prevention is the best medicine not just for people but for home furniture as well.  It’s always best to maintain your furniture, which you’ve probably spent thousands of dollars on, in tip-top shape to make it last longer and look as good as the day you first brought it into your home.

Upholstery.  Vacuum it regularly and lightly brush off stubborn dirt.  Keep it off the reach of direct sunlight especially if your furniture is of a dark shade (black, blue, brown, green) as it may cause color fading and fiber degeneration similar to what happens to clothes.  To avoid having to deal with awful stains, try not to drink colored drinks on you upholstered furniture and be wary of dyes from clothing that could easily stain light-colored upholstery.  Likewise, protect it against your pets because pet urine and body oil are the most difficult stains to remove.  Once you notice snags and loose threads, sew them back in to prevent further damage.

Leather.  This material is relatively high-maintenance.  Keep it dust-free by wiping it with dry cloth every week.  Never use water on leather because it will cause it to dry up and crimple fast.  The same thing happens when leather is exposed to heat sources such as radiators so place the former away from them.  Also avoid smoke from cigarettes and other sources which can cause fading and discoloring to leather.  Put your scissors, cutters, and knives away from your leather furniture to avoid cuts that permanently and irreversibly damage it.  Maintain your leather’s polished look by applying leather cleaner to it at least twice a year and retain its suppleness by using leather protector as often as you can.

Wood.  Wooden furniture are the most susceptible to physical damage.  Avoid hitting it with other objects and placing abrasive items like grocery bags and ash trays as these will cause dents and scratches.  As you may probably have known already, placing extremely hot objects such as pans removed from the oven and hot plates on top of finished surface can darken the finish.  Wet and cold items, on the other hand such as a glass of iced water can lighten finished surfaces.  So use coasters, hot pads, and other forms of protection when placing objects on top of wood.  Wipe spills as soon as you can as it may result to serious discoloring.  Meanwhile, pacing wood in a room with humidity that’s too high or too low may cause deformation.  For maximum protections, always dust off and polish your wooden furniture.