We've found that one of the best things you can do for upholstered furniture is to dust it regularly, just as you would hard surfaces. Vacuum cushions and pillows often. Try to keep the soccer players and gardeners in the family from plopping down with muddy togs. Minimize spot cleaning, opting to have the entire piece cleaned when necessary. Utilize soil repellant on high-usage pieces, especially dining chairs. Most fabrics come with specific care instructions; follow these as closely as possible.