How to clean a headboard

Unfortunately, there isn’t a single method to clean a headboard because the types of material used differ, such as wooden, leather, metal, polyester, suede and many more. Please take into consideration the type of stain you want to remove because treating watermarks and ink require two completely different approaches.

Depending on how much time you have and the severity of the stain, you should also decide whether you can and want to do it yourself or whether it would be best to get it cleaned by a professional. Here is and article going into detail on how to clean a headboard and how to make homemade cleaning solutions as well.

How to clean a wooden headboard

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  A solid wood headboard has an elegant style which will add a touch of class to any traditional bedroom, so unless your headboard has a protective plastic coating, avoid cleaning with water or commercial cleaning products that are not specifically designed for wood – when using these, always follow the instructions on the label. Test any other cleaning method on a small, unnoticeable area first to ensure that it is suitable for your furniture.

  • Target any grease or sticky spots on unsealed wood with a gentle cleaning solution of soap or mild detergent dissolved in water, using a clean, damp cloth to spot-treat the affected area.
  • Once the mark has been removed, rinse carefully and wipe with a dry cloth.

Harder stains such as watermarks or alcohol spots can also be cleaned but will require a stronger solution such as polish. If your furniture has a finish, refer to the manufacturers guidelines to check which polishing products are suitable as this can vary widely.

How to clean a metal headboard

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A metal headboard is traditional in style and will add a classy and sophisticated look to any bedroom interior that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance. However, they can collect dust and be affected by spills through regular use which need removing. Ashley Black Nickel Metal Headboard –  https://goo.gl/M9WmKK

Use the following steps to clean your metal headboard:

  • Begin by vacuuming with a soft brush to remove dust and hair;
  • Wash it with a mild detergent and water solution and a super-fine steel wool pad to remove residues such as oil, grease and dirt.
  • Rinse with clean water.
  • Finish with a soft dry cloth polish as usual.

How to clean a velvet headboard

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A velvet headboard has a sophisticated design that would suit either a traditional or contemporary styled bedroom and taking care of your velvet upholstered headboard is a must if you want to enjoy it for longer.

Use the following steps to clean stains from velvet fabric:

  • If the stain is liquid, soak it up with a paper towel or a dry cloth;
  • Make a mix of mild detergent and water and use the sudsy foam to blot the stain gently;
  • Mix lemon juice with baking soda to create a foamy texture;
  • Use straight movements and go with the grain and never rub;
  • Blot out with a dry cloth. You could also use a hairdryer on a low heat to dry the area faster.

How to clean a faux suede headboard

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Faux suede headboard – a soft fabric with open-texture, is the perfect contemporary headboard for your bedroom. Here is how to easily clean your faux suede headboard:

  • Use the upholstery brush of your vacuum cleaner to remove any dust, debris and hair in a circular motion.
  • Mix water with a mild detergent into a bucket and agitate the water to create suds;
  • Use a cloth to apply only the suds to the suede headboard and blot the stain gently, repeat the process if needed;
  • When done, use a dry cloth to blot dry the area.

How to clean a fabric headboard

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Upholstered fabric headboards add luxury and comfort to our beds and we need to look after them from time to time.

To clean fabric headboards, do the following:

  • Vacuum thoroughly to remove any dust;
  • Treat any fresh stains with a dry cloth by blotting, not rubbing;
  • Clean carefully with a mild soap, water and a cloth;
  • Steam clean if your vacuum cleaner has that feature;
  • Open windows and doors until the headboard is fully dry so that mold doesn’t set in.

How to clean a leather headboard

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A genuine leather headboard is fantastic and has an authentic look and feel so before you begin, check the manufacturer’s label for any details about how it should be cleaned. Still, the common method to clean a leather upholstered headboard is:

  • Begin by vacuuming the leather with a soft brush to remove dust and hair;
  • To remove dirt and grime, use a moisturizing soap and a little water to wash the area. Make sure the cloth is slightly damp, not drenched, so you don’t over wet the surface;
  • Mix a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and distilled water and gently scrub the surface;
  • In the end, buff the leather with a soft dry cloth and polish as usual.

Tips and tricks

You can prolong your headboard life by maintaining it properly and treating any stains the right way.

  • Treat stains as soon as possible.
  • Add an extra layer of protection using slipcover
  • Dust and steam clean on regular basis.
  • Try placing a pillow between you and the headboard to increase its lifespan.

10 Top Tips for Choosing a Fabric Headboard

Choosing an upholstered headboard may not be something you spend a lot of time thinking about, but the perfect headboard can really transform the look and feel of your bedroom. To help you find the ideal upholstered headboard for your bed, we’ve created 10 Top Tips with some factors to keep in mind before clicking the add to basket button.

Top Tip 1 – Padding Headboard Padded

If you’ve felt upholstered headboards before, you’ll already know that some are sparsely padded and uncomfortable while some are just right and others are decadently overstuffed. Consider your padding preferences when shopping around for a fabric headboard and decide on one with the right amount of stuffing or padding to suit you and your needs. For example will you be leaning on your headboard in which case you will need a headboard with a suitable amount of padding to accommodate the weight of your head.

Top Tip 2 – Size it Up

It goes without saying that your fabric headboard should be in proportion to the size of your bed. This doesn’t mean that if you have a double bed then you need to opt for a double headboard – in some cases the headboard can be a little larger than the bed itself but you should ensure that it is not smaller. If in doubt, measure up the width of your bed and compare the measurements to the headboard you are considering before you purchase. Remember – headboards which are wall mounted have no bearing on the size of your bed, whilst floor standing and headboards mounted to the back of your bed will have to match the size of your bed.

Top Tip 3 – Decide on your Headboard Type

Fabric Headboard TypeThere are 3 types of fabric headboards available – headboards with struts, wall mounted headboards and floor standing headboards. Headboards with struts enable you to fit the headboard directly to your bed base therefore when you move your bed, the headboard goes with it. Wall mounted headboards are attached to the wall behind your bed at your desired head and remain stationary. Floor standing headboards attach to the bed and reach right down to the floor behind it. Your ideal type of fabric headboard comes down to your personal preference and the desired look you plan to achieve.

Top Tip 4 – Choose Complementary Colours

As with any furniture or accessory, you want it to fit in well with your existing décor. Choose a colour that complements the shade of your bed base as well as the paint on your walls to ensure the fabric headboard blends seamlessly. Remember that if you divan bed base doesnt suit the colour of the headboard you wish to purchase, you can always get a bed valance to cover the divan base.

Top Tip 5 – Decide on your Fabric

With so many different types of upholstered headboards on the market, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to the fabric and finish of your new headboard. As with the colour, opt for a fabric that complements the other furniture in your bedroom and choose from a wide variety of fabrics including jacquard, chenille, linen and even mock­croc!

Top Tip 6 – Opt for a Free Swatch

To ensure you end up with the perfect fabric for your upholstered headboard, buy from a company that offers a free fabric swatch service so you can see and touch exactly what you’re getting in terms of quality, colour and feel.

Top Tip 7 – What’s your Style

Style is a very personal thing and a very important factor to consider when redecorating. Upholstered headboards are available in a range of contemporary and traditional styles so you are sure to find something perfectly suited to your tastes. Traditional, tufted button and overstuffed styles look charming with a traditional bed base whilst a slick, contemporary fabric headboard upholstered in chic fabric with a minimalist design is perfect for a more modern look.

Top Tip 8 – Choose Made to Order

Shopping around and can’t find your perfect match? Why not have your fabric headboard made especially for you. Choosing a service that creates a headboard to match what you have in mind is one of the best ways to ensure you end up with the perfect style, size and colour for you. Not only will it be created to your specifications but you can rest assured that the quality of your handmade bespoke piece will exceed the quality of mass produced factory made alternatives. Many headboard companies are even able to upholster headboards in your own fabric, perfect if you are looking for a direct match with other bedroom accessories.

Top Tip 9 – Buy British

Buy British Headboards

We’re proud to be British and strongly support all British manufacturers. Buying British not only keeps the economy strong but ensure peace of mind as it means that your new product has been carefully manufactured by skilled and qualified craftsmen in a safe and ethical environment, whilst also reduces the chances of damage as its not been shipped from the other side of the world!

Top Tip 10 – Delivery

It’s not often that we’re prepared to wait a long time for a new purchase and buying a piece of furniture such as a headboard is no different. To make sure you have your new piece of furniture in the quickest time frame possible, choose to buy in store or online from a company that provides an express delivery option.

Now that you’ve followed our Top 10 Tips for Fabric Headboards you’re sure to make the right decision and choose an upholstered headboard perfect for your bedroom. Discover our extensive collection of fabric headboards and find your ideal match today.