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Sunday, November 24 2013

Why do the springs squeak when I sit on my sofa?

The issue of why springs squeak is a question Furniture-EMT Virginia has been answering for our customers for a long period of time.  There are many types of seat and back springs, there are generally only a few different types of spring clips.  Spring clips are what holds the ends of the spring to the frame of the sofa called the spring rail.  These spring clips are metal and retain the spring by encasing the spring end in a shallow pocket.  This is where the squeaking begins.  Every time you sit on your sofa, love seat, chair or chaise lounger pressure is placed on the springs bending them in and out.  This bending actually rotates the end of the spring inside the spring clip causing the squeak.  As stated earlier both the spring and spring clip are metal.

What can we do?

The first thing is to contact a professional furniture repair company such as Furniture-EMT Virginia to provide an inspection of the unit to determine the exact cause of the squeak.  It could be simply the spring ends and clips rubbing together, it could be the spring rail has warped,  it could be from a broken or detached spring.  In either case Furniture-EMT Virginia can help.

Can these issues be corrected?

These issues can be corrected in a number of ways.  The obvious being to replace a spring rail that has warped, or replace a spring or clip that has broken.  We at Furniture-EMT Virginia utilize a few different however, very effective methods of eliminating this annoying squeaking issue.

Contact Furniture -EMT Virginia for a professional in home inspection/estimate to return peace and quiet to your furniture.

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Sunday, November 24 2013

Why have my sofa arms sunk in?

We often get this question from customers, Why have my sofa arms sunk in? it is an ongoing problem in the furniture industry.  Many manufacturers utilize the same process and method of constructing furniture.  The arms are framed out of wood then formed with cardboard, yes that is correct, cardboard.  This cardboard is the support for the  foam or polyester that is the padding.  When pressure is applied to the arm you will hear a popping sound.  When too much pressure is applied the form will break apart creating a weak spot and the beginning of the arm sagging. Eventually the arm will indent to the point of remaining in that position, thus leaving you with an arm that is very uncomfortable as well as aesthetically unpleasing.

What can I do to correct this issue?

Because this issue is due to the internal construction, you will need to contact a professional repair service company such as Furniture-EMT Maryland to remove the arm fabric, replace the form, re pad and re upholster.  This will return comfort and appearance back to its original condition.  We at Furniture-EMT Maryland not only restore the arm but add another step to insure this will never happen again.  That is our little secret!

What is the cost of this service?

The cost of the service is based on the style of the sofa, love seat, chair, etc. some require more deconstruction than others.

Call Furniture-EMT Maryland today for an inspection and estimate.

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Sunday, November 24 2013

Why does the fabric on my upholstered furniture have light & dark areas?

Customers ask us why the light and dark areas will not even out on their furniture.  They notice the seat area, arm area, and inside back area Are darker than the surrounding fabric.  We'll if you are one of the many people that have purchased upholstered furniture made of a microfiber or micro suede you are experiencing this.  Unlike the crush velvet of years past that when you ran your hands  across it would go from light to dark it would always even back out. The difference with micro fiber and micro suede is once the area has turned a darker or lighter color due to sitting or pressure it will not return to its original shade meaning light and dark spots are permanent!  There is a name for this unsightly appearance, it is called "shading".  The fibers Matt down on one side and remain in that position.

A frequently asked question:  Can I minimize the shading effect ?  No!

The more you use your furniture the more shading will take affect.  Some people have used steamers to try and reverse shading only to find out that now in addition to shading you now have steam head marks as well.

How do I clean microfiber/micro suede?

Contact a professional such as Furniture-EMT to have it cleaned properly.  Our methods are proven in the field.

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