Friday, March 23, 2012

Maintaining Your Home Theater Furniture

Enjoying movies, TV or the big game in your very own home theater seats offers a level of comfort you can’t get in a theater. The only thing missing is the cleaning crew to whisk away stray popcorn and clean up sticky spills. Not to worry. Whether your theater seating is upholstered in cloth or leather, it’s simple to keep it fresh without wearing yourself out.
  • Preventive Care. Drape a cloth-backed plastic tablecloth over your toddler’s favorite theater seat to make family movie night a little less nerve-wracking if you like to serve snacks. A placemat draped over the arm of a chair can help prevent stains from plates. Tuck a basket in the corner for shoes to avoid scratches from buckles and stains from soles.
  • Spot Cleaning. Blot spills immediately with a paper towel, dishtowel or clean cloth diaper. Use a mixture of mild detergent to and water to clean cloth upholstery. Leather cleaner is safest for leather upholstery. Apply a little bit of either on a clean cloth and gently blot the spill. Blot the spot again with a clean, damp cloth. Keep blotting with a clean cloth until the area is dry.
  • Maintenance. Consistent upkeep is the best way to keep your theater seats in first-run condition. Vacuum beneath cushions once a month if you have no small children or pets, and once a week if you do. Dust leather home theater furniture with a soft cloth. Clean cupholders with a damp cloth or moist towelette.

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