Earlier in the year, we shared how to choose fabric upholstery for the furniture in your home. With a varierty of options, one of the ways to narrow them down is to look at what kind of maintenance each type of upholstery requires, and see if you’re willing to put in the work! Senior sales specialist at Quedos, Leah Marcos, gives us insight on how to care for common upholstery fabrics.

+ Good resistance to wear, fading and pilling, but less resistant to soil stains, wrinkling, moderate abrasions, and sunlight.
+ Dust and loose dirt can be easily removed with a vacuum cleaner.

+ More suited to formal or low-traffic areas because it soils and wrinkles easily.
+ Resistant to pilling and fading.
+ Like cotton, linen can be vacuum-cleaned.

+ This natural fibre has a luxurious look, but requires high protection from stains and spills (not very child-friendly!)
+ It needs professional cleaning to maintain its longevity.

+ Durable and resistant to mildew, stains and abrasions. You’ll have to clean up spills quickly to prevent them from drying on the fabric.
+ Don’t use water-based cleaners as they can leave water marks.

+ The most popular upholstery choice due to its durability and stylishness.
+ It must be gently vacuumed, damp-wiped and cleaned with leather conditioner or saddle soap.


Most upholstered furniture would have a tag on them to advise on the care and maintenance it requires. Here’s a cheat sheet on what the codes mean:

W – Use only water and water-based cleaning agents.

S – The fabric requires mild, pure, water-free dry-cleaning solvents.

S/W – Either use a water-based cleaner or have it dry-cleaned, depending on the type of stain.

X – The upholstery cannot be cleaned with water or dry solvents. It can only be vacuumed or lightly brushed.