At Havertys, we craft each piece of furniture to become a long-lasting part of your home. To make sure your furniture always looks fresh and feels comfortable, a little bit of TLC is needed. That’s why we created this handy guide to help you take care of your purchase for years to come.

fabric upholstery

Regular care and cleaning will increase the longevity and comfort of your fabric upholstery. Though there are many kinds of fabrics and proper cleaning methods will vary, you can follow these tips to keep your fabric sofas, chairs and sectionals looking like new.

How To Clean Your Fabric Furniture

  • Vacuum regularly. Use a stiff, non-metallic brush attachment to vacuum your fabric upholstery once a week. Over time, dust, dirt and crumbs can break down fibers in fabric, but with regular vacuuming, you can minimize and prevent this effect.
  • Follow the cleaning code on the tag. Each code has specific instructions based on the fabric content of your piece.

SW Spot Clean
Spot clean with upholstery shampoo or upholstery dry cleaning solvents as desired. Pile fabrics may require brushing to restore appearance. Do not saturate with liquid. Cushion covers should not be removed for cleaning.
S Solvent
Spot clean with water-free dry cleaning solvent. Do not saturate with liquid. Pile fabrics may require brushing to restore appearance. Do not use water or bleach. Cushion covers should not be removed for cleaning.
W Water Based
Spot clean only with water based upholstery shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. Pile fabrics may require brushing to restore appearance. Do not saturate. Do not use solvents or bleach to spot clean. Cushion covers should not be removed for cleaning.
X Vacuum, Light Brushing
Clean only by vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic brush only. Do not clean with water, bleach or solvent based cleaner.
Dry Clean Only Piece requires dry cleaning only.
Machine Washable Piece can be safely washed in a washing machine.

How To Preserve Your Fabric Furniture

  • Fluff, flip and rotate your cushions.
    • Fluff every few days for a fresh and tidy look.
      • If your piece has loose, reversible cushions, this part is easy. Simply remove your cushions from your piece and knead the filling with your hands to redistribute it evenly.
      • If your cushions are attached, search for a zipper at the base of each cushion, unzip and evenly redistribute the filling inside. If you don’t find a zipper, then fluff or knead the attached cushion and then smooth the surface, tucking the excess cover material into the sides or back.
      • Feather/down-blend cushions may require more frequent fluffing but will bounce back easily.
      • Don’t forget the pillows! They serve as the perfect finishing touch and will need regular fluffing as well.
    • Flip and rotate every week.
      • Periodically flip your cushions to ensure that both sides develop even wear and tear over time. While you’re at it, rotate the placement of the cushions so each one receives the same amount of “sitting time.”
  • Straighten seams. Make sure that your seams and welts are in line to keep your piece from looking disheveled.
  • Avoid sunlight when possible. The sun’s harsh rays can make fabric upholstery look dull and faded over time. Some fabrics (like polyester blends) are resilient, but to ensure your piece doesn’t fade quickly, we recommend rotating cushions consistently.
  • Remove pilling. Pilling does not indicate excessive wear and is a normal occurrence caused by friction "balling up" loose fibers. To remove it, you’ll need to eliminate the excess fibers on the surface of the fabric with an easy-to-use, inexpensive tool called a pill shaver or a de-fuzzer. Regular use will fend off pilling and won’t affect the quality or durability of the fabric.
  • Eliminate stains and odors. We recommend using Guardsman's Stain and Odor Eliminator Spray to clean products with a cleaning code of S or X and the Fabric Defense Spray Can on all products to prevent staining.

Leather Upholstery

Leather upholstery is durable, easy to clean and perfect for families or high-traffic areas. To maintain the leather and ensure years of enjoyment, follow these steps for proper care and preservation.

How To Clean Your Leather Furniture

  • Clean leather periodically with a soft cloth.
  • Spot clean mild stains by blotting with damp washcloth and mild soap.
  • For regular cleaning, vacuum frequently using a soft brush attachment.
  • Blot spills immediately with a clean cloth or sponge and let air dry. And be patient – never use a hair dryer.
  • We recommend using Guardsman products to remove stains.

How To Preserve Your Leather Furniture

  • Protect leather from direct, harsh sunlight to avoid fading over time.
  • Keep pets' nails trimmed to prevent scratches and tears.
  • Consider using a humidifier to avoid drying.
  • Remove cushions from zippered casings and fluff and rotate to help them last longer.
  • Avoid contact between the leather and hair products or hand sanitizers. These products have chemicals in them that can break down the protective surfaces on leather over time, resulting in discoloration and fading.

Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is strong and resilient, but these surface areas are frequently exposed to food and drinks that may pose a threat to the wood’s beauty. To safeguard from life’s everyday messes, follow these basic guidelines.

How To Clean Your Wood Furniture

  • To clean wood surfaces, we recommend Guardsman products. These products are safe and effective when used as directed.
  • If desired, use a clean, soft cloth with furniture polish on it to dust. When using furniture polish, use a very small amount and lightly apply.
    • Any furniture polish used for the first time should be tested in an inconspicuous place before proceeding. Be especially careful if your piece has a low sheen, as furniture polish can change the appearance of your wood pieces.
  • While you should avoid using water to clean wood, you can treat sticky spots with water and mild soap. Rinse and then immediately dry thoroughly with a clean cloth. Prolonged exposure to moisture can damage the finish.

How To Preserve Your Wood Furniture

  • Use coasters, backing or placemats between the wood surface and items to prevent scratching or warping.
  • Dust your wood furniture weekly to prevent the build-up of dust that can result in fine scratches that can occur when everyday objects come in contact with the surface. For best results when dusting, always wipe in the direction of the wood grain.
  • Avoid exposing wood furniture to strong sunlight to prevent fading of the finish.
  • Avoid placing heat sources, such as hot plates, serving pieces and other hot items, directly on your wood furniture. Always use trivets and protective placemats to protect the surface and prevent damage to the wood substrate. The number one cause for wood damage is from hot pizza boxes.
  • Your furniture should sit level on the floor to avoid undue stress or damage to doors and drawers.
  • Always promptly wipe moisture with a dry, soft cloth.