How to Use a Fabric Shaver on Your Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide


Keeping your furniture looking fresh and new can be a challenge, especially if you have pets, kids, or simply love lounging on your cozy sofa. Over time, even the best-quality fabric can start to show signs of wear, such as pilling and fuzz. This is where a fabric shaver comes in handy. A fabric shaver is a simple yet effective tool to help maintain the pristine appearance of your upholstery. Here’s how you can use one:

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin, ensure you have the following items:

  • Fabric shaver (with fresh batteries or fully charged if rechargeable)
  • A clean, flat surface
  • Lint roller or vacuum cleaner (optional, for cleaning up loose fibres)

Step 2: Prepare the Area

Place your furniture piece in a well-lit area so you can see all the areas that need attention. If possible, remove any cushions or covers to make the process easier.

Step 3: Test a Small Area

It’s always a good idea to test the fabric shaver on a small, inconspicuous area of the furniture first. This ensures that the shaver does not damage the fabric. Gently run the shaver over the test spot and check for any adverse effects.

Step 4: Shave the Fabric

Once you’re confident that the fabric shaver is safe to use, start shaving the fabric:

  1. Hold the Shaver Properly: Hold the fabric shaver firmly but gently in your hand. Most shavers are designed to fit comfortably in your palm.
  2. Smooth the Fabric: With your other hand, smooth out the section of fabric you’re working on to ensure it’s taut.
  3. Shave in Small Sections: Turn on the fabric shaver to it’s lowest setting and begin shaving in small, circular motions. Apply gentle pressure and let the shaver do the work. It’s important to move the shaver slowly and evenly across the fabric. It’s best to maintain a circular motion due to the rotation of the blade! 
  4. Empty the Shaver Regularly: Periodically, turn off the shaver and empty the collected lint and fuzz from the compartment. This prevents clogging and ensures the shaver continues to work effectively.

Step 5: Clean Up

After you’ve finished shaving the fabric, use a lint roller or vacuum cleaner to remove any loose fibres or fuzz from the surface. This will give your furniture a clean, polished look.

Step 6: Inspect Your Work

Take a step back and inspect the entire piece of furniture. Ensure that all areas are evenly shaved and that the fabric looks smooth and refreshed. If necessary, go over any missed spots.

Additional Tips

  • Regular Maintenance: To keep your furniture looking its best, use the fabric shaver regularly. This prevents heavy buildup of lint and pills.
  • Gentle Handling: Always handle your fabric shaver gently to avoid damaging delicate fabrics.
  • Storage: Store your fabric shaver in a safe, dry place when not in use to prolong its lifespan.

Using a fabric shaver is a simple and effective way to maintain the appearance of your furniture. With just a little effort, you can keep your favourite pieces looking new and extend their lifespan. 

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