Nothing says tacky about a home like dirty and worn out furniture. Many people will buy good furniture but let it run down by sheer negligence or lack of knowhow on caring for it. In other cases the furniture may be worn out by the heavy and abusive use. If the furniture was of poor quality it breaks down very quickly.
Décor furniture especially that covered in upholstery can get dirty quite fast if not cared for well or exposed to dust and mud. Sofas, beds, and other furniture covered upholstery are also susceptible to fade with time if left in harsh sunlight.
Any furniture shop that sells shabby chic will have some tips to share on how to care for their distressed décor furniture.
Upholstery should be vacuumed at least once weekly and the loose covers laundered weekly too. Dirt that has fallen in hard to reach places like crevices under cushions should also be cleared with a narrow object.
Spills and stains can be avoided by using spray fabric protectors. These can be applied when the upholstery is being installed. You can also buy commercial.
Caring for cushions
Cushions that remain at one point for long tend to sink as they get sat on day after day. It is important to flip them and rotate them to another spot.
To avoid one item being used too frequently and wearing out faster than the rest of the furniture, rearrange the furniture at least once in six months.
Headrests, chair backs and armrests wear out faster than the rest of the parts. They also get dirty faster as they come into contact with bare skin and hair. One can get a cover for the rest in the same color. These covers are barely noticeable but very effective in protecting the upholstery fabric.
Washable slip covers are very good to use in warm weather as they can be easily washed while they effectively protect the furniture against stains and spills.
Caring for bare wood
For bare parts of furniture, a damp cloth should be used to wipe off dust and any other stains. Dusting frequently is advised to prevent the dust from caking into a hard coat that is harder to get off.
You can choose to renew the shine on bare wood by using polish or wax. Applying polish is easier but polish can cake up if applied too many times. Wax can be washed off with oil soap and a new coat applied.
When the upholstery gets too old you can always head back to the store and purchase more shabby chic items for a new distressed home décor.