Whether you are relaxing after a long day at the office, or entertaining guests in your living room, your sofa is an integral part of your home.
A sofa or couch is a great investment, because so much of your time at home is spent lounging on it. However once you have bought your dream sofa, you have to take care of it to ensure it stays looking good for as long as possible.
Whether you have a comfy fabric couch, an elegant leather sofa or a stylish velvet lounge, you’ll want to protect and preserve your investment. These tips and tricks will help you keep your couch in good nick.
How to Protect Your Sofa
Prevention is better than restoration! Before buying your sofa you should always consider the sofa fabric and how it will fair in your household.
That white fabric couch might seem like a stylish choice, but it will be no match for a messy toddler who likes to get creative with their crayons. These days, you can buy quality, chic synthetic fibres that will withstand many stains.
Guard against stains with specially formulated sprays that will protect your fabric sofa. They repel liquids and prevent stains from sticking to the fabric.
As for leather sofas, you’ll need to ensure the leather gets the moisture it needs with a protective conditioner or treatment. Otherwise the leather may crack and wear.
It’s not just the material you need to worry about to keep your sofa looking good. Make sure you also regularly fluff and flip the cushions so your sofa keeps its shape.
How to Clean Your Sofa
Cleaning your sofa depends on how often you use it and how you use it. It also depends of the kind of sofa and the kind of material it is upholstered with.
In any case your sofa should be cleaned regularly to keep it in pristine condition. You should be spot-cleaning your sofa as needed; it’s best to remove stains as soon as they occur.
Vacuum your sofa fortnightly, especially if you have pets or someone in your household suffers with allergies or asthma.
Make sure to vacuum under the cushions and in crevices to avoid an embarrassing pile up of dirt and debris.
Supplement a regular spot-clean and vacuum with an annual steam clean. Steam cleaning will kill bacteria, remove stubborn stains and lift scuffs and marks.
Most sofas come with a tab or tag – check this to determine the best cleaning solution for your couch. And don’t forget to spot test any cleaning solution you’re about to use in an inconspicuous spot.
How to Clean Your Fabric Sofa
Preparing your fabric couch for a spot clean is easy. After thoroughly vacuuming, take a lint brush and brush your fabric sofa to remove any lint and pet hair.
Most specialty upholstery cleaning products will sanitise and deodorise your fabric sofa. You can also use everyday household products.
To remove stubborn stains and deodorise your sofa, white vinegar mixed with water will do the trick. Use a mild laundry detergent mixed with water for an all-over clean.
Please note: Avoid over-saturating your upholstery, and don't scrub your sofa as you risk damaging the fabric.
Using a soft, microfibre cloth, gently rub any stains in a circular motion. Allow the fabric to air dry – and speed up the process by opening a window.
Now that your sofa is clean, grab a stain guard spray to make cleaning easier next time.
How to Clean Your Velvet Sofa
Caring for your velvet sofa is a lot like caring for a fabric sofa, except that velvet is more delicate and requires a little more attention.
A soft brush or a lint brush will remove dirt and will prevent the velvet from getting matted. Upholstery cleaner can clean your velvet sofa, but be sure to test it first.
If you’re worried about a spill staining your velvet sofa, you can try to soak it up with a microfibre cloth. Then apply a water and laundry detergent mixture and gently dab until the stain is gone.
When your velvet sofa does get wet, be sure to dry it quickly using a hairdryer or a fan.
How to Clean Your Leather Sofa
To prevent your leather sofa from getting scratched by abrasive dust particles, be sure to vacuum your leather couch regularly. But be careful not to scratch your sofa with your vacuum.
When cleaning a leather sofa, you might think all you need is a wet cloth. However, leather requires special maintenance and soap and water won’t cut it.
Water can stain the material, so unless you’re using a moisturising soap, you could be doing more harm than good.
Leather cleaners are less risky and will do a better job at cleaning your leather sofa. Cleaners that contain oils and waxes will rejuvenate the material as you wipe.
Moisturising, polishing and taking proper care of a leather couch will see it get better with age.
On the other hand, if you think your couch is too far gone to recover, browse our selection of sofas and designer furniture online to update your lounge room décor today!