How to keep your upholstery looking like new?

How to keep your upholstery looking like new? Upholstery looking a little drab lately? Want to keep your upholstery looking like new? I don’t blame you one bit. To help out, I’ve put together a quick ‘n dirty guide to upholstery care and maintenance. Keep in mind, you should always read and follow the instructions that your specific table manufacturer puts out. With that said, I’ve found that these suggestions are generic enough to cover most types of upholstery.

Upholstery Care

Keep your table out of extreme cold or heat. Believe it or not, extreme temperatures may damage the upholstery of your table. Do not store your table in vehicles, as that could expose it to extreme temperature variations. If you aren’t already doing so, try to transport your table in a carry case at all times. This is a good idea even when storing it. You may not think you are traveling with or storing your table in such a way as to tear the upholstery, but stranger things have happened. Frankly, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Remove day-to-day dirt with a mild soap and water solution. For stubborn stains or to disinfect, use a diluted bleach solution (5:1 water:bleach, for example). Always rinse the surface of your massage table with clean water, and then gently wipe the upholstery down with your diluted bleach solution. Always allow upholstery to dry before using or storing your table.

Armor All® or citrus-based cleansers are generally NOT recommended on your table as they can damage the upholstery. I can’t stress this enough: Don’t experiment with cleaning products! One wrong product can cause irreversible damage to your upholstery. What’s more, that type of damage often voids your upholstery’s warranty. In short, it’s definitely not worth the risk. If you are considering alternative cleaning methods, my advice is to contact the manufacturer.


Is all already lost? For those of you who have lost the battle with your upholstery (whether through accident or normal wear and tear), there are still options out there. Many reputable table manufacturers will re-upholster tables for a fee. Often, this fee is minimal considering the alternate costs of replacing the table.

Without question, the maintenance and care of your table’s upholstery is crucial to its longevity. Luckily, it takes relatively little time and money to ensure this care occurs. So, keep up to speed on the instructions your manufacturer has provided. A little bit of TLC can keep your upholstery looking like new. And, really, who wouldn’t complain about that?

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