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Maintaining the Appearance of Upholstered Furniture

Due to body warmth, moisture and the physical strain applied to the covered upholstery, the cover material will stretch, sometimes quickly. This is a normal process; however, there are steps that can be taken to help maintain the appearance of one’s upholstery.

Avoid sitting in the same spot over and over – no matter how well made, if the same spot is used continuously, that area will stretch faster and wear faster. Smooth the cover on the seat and back cushion – it is recommended that seats and backs be massaged to make sure that the fibre and Dacron be kept fluffed, therefore keeping the material expanded throughout the cushions.

At EQ3 we use only high quality materials suited for upholstery. Thus stretching and a casual appearance do not represent a quality defect, but the characteristics typical for this furniture.

Special Fabric and Leather Considerations for Bench Seating

Several of our seating styles have been designed with a single cushion seat, referred to as a bench seat. With bench seating, relaxation of the fabric or leather will more likely occur over time than with individual seat cushions. In general, the longer the seat cushion, the greater the tendency for the fabric or leather to relax. When selecting your fabric or leather, talk to an EQ3 sales associate about the options and their tendency to naturally stretch.


It is extremely important to PRE-TEST your cleaning method on a hidden area of the fabric to determine if the colours bleed or if the fabric will shrink. When in doubt, seek the help of a professional furniture cleaner. Always determine the best method of home cleaning for your furniture. Due to the various ways that furniture can be stained or damaged, and various fabric compositions, there is no guarantee that results will be completely successful. Use the suggested methods at your own discretion. To prevent overall soiling from dust and grime, light brushing is recommended. Use a professional cleaning service when an overall soiled condition has been reached. To obtain the most satisfaction from your furniture, give immediate attention to spots and establish a weekly routine for the vacuuming of all your upholstered furniture. Clean up spills and stains right away. The longer stains stay on the fabric, the harder they are to remove. 

Fabric manufacturers recommend regular dusting and vacuuming. Removable cushions should be fluffed regularly. Soiled areas should be cleaned based on the following cleaning code(s) found on your EQ3 product. If cleaning codes are not available, contact the retailer from where you purchased the product. 

D - Dry Clean Only
W - Water Based Cleaner. Spot clean using the foam only from a water-based cleaning agent such as a mild detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo product. Apply foam with a soft brush in a circular motion. Vacuum when dry.
S - Solvent Based Cleaner. Spot clean using mild water-free solvent or dry cleaning product. Clean only in a well-ventilated room and avoid any product containing Carbon Tetrachloride or other toxic materials.
WS - Water/Solvent Cleaner. Spot clean with a mild solvent, an upholstery shampoo or the foam from a mild detergent. When using a solvent or dry cleaning product, follow the instructions carefully and clean only in a well-ventilated room. Avoid any product that contains Carbon Tetrachloride or any other toxic materials.


Use of any leather after-treatment products will invalidate this warranty. Regular dusting with a damp, clean cloth is advised. Clean leather often keeping in mind that frequent gentle cleaning is easier on leather than less frequent, more aggressive cleaning. Cleaning will remove built-up dirt, skin oils and perspiration.


  1. Protected (Pigmented) and Semi-aniline Leathers 
    Clean with a mild soap and water solution. Use a mild soap with a neutral pH. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue. Do not use a soap product that is harsh on your skin, as it will be harsh on the leather. 

    Always test the soap solution in an unseen area on the sofa to ensure that the solution does not damage the leather (there should be no color transfer onto your cloth).
  2. Natural Aniline Leathers 
    Clean with only a slight damp cloth. Do not use any type of soap on natural (aniline) leathers.


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