Tips to Repair Torn Upholstery

Repairing a damaged or torn couch can cost an arm and a leg, even if the damage is isolated to a small part of the couch. The good news is that you can easily repair your upholstered couch to save money while prolonging its lifespan. There are quite a few methods that you can use to repair the couch, such as covering the damaged area with a piece of heavy-duty fabric using glue.

Read on for our simple guide on how to repair your damaged upholstery handyman Fort Wayne in, DIY style.

Materials You Will Need:

A section of some heavy-duty fabric like denim or canvas

A spoon

Latex fabric glue

An upholstery pin

Start by cutting a piece out of the heavy-duty fabric you’ve chosen, making sure that the piece is larger than the torn section of the upholstery handyman Fort Wayne. Next, carefully peel back the flap of torn upholstery, and then use a spoon handle to slide in the upholstery patch, ensuring that it’s placed right underneath the area where you’ve just removed the torn piece. You can also use the spoon to adjust the patch so that it’s sitting straight.

Once you’re satisfied with the position of the fabric, pin it in place with an upholstery pin. Then, brush the surface of the patch with a layer of latex fabric glue, making sure that it reaches the ends of the torn upholstery as well.

Then, place the torn flap back onto the upholstery patch. Gently pat and tweak it to make sure that it’s positioned right, all without squeezing out any glue. To make sure that the torn flap stays in place against the patch, pin a few more upholstery pins through them, and only remove them once the glue has completely dried.

How to Keep Furniture Upholstery from Tearing

Check out our tips on how to avoid any future tearing of your upholstery furniture:

Keep your upholstered handyman services Fort Wayne dust-free and fresh by regularly sweeping the arms and backs with a whisk broom. Avoid using a vacuum cleaner for this, as it might pull on the threads.

Immediately remove adherents like children’s clay modeling compounds from your upholstered furniture, and leave the stubborn parts to dry. Then, loosen the residue with a stiff brush and brush it off with a whisk broom. You can then finish the job by cleaning with some water and mild soap.

If the stains are too stubborn for the above technique, then don’t go looking for harsher chemicals to remove it with. Rather call upon the services of an experienced professional, who will use the right potent chemical cleaners to remove the stain.  

If you’re going to be moving your furniture for storage or other purposes, be sure to avoid rubbing it against sharp edges and corners that could potentially tear or puncture through the fabric, e.g. a small table or a mirror. A viable solution would be to wrap several layers of blanket around the sharp item before you bring it close to the upholstery.