When you spend a lot on a new sofa, you’ll want to keep it in tip-top condition forever! If there’s one furniture piece in your guest room that faces the most traffic, it’s your sofa.
You and your family members spend most of your time on your sofa. From Baseball matches to Netflix binge-downs and amazing TV Shows — your poor sofa takes it all! Just like any other furniture, it gathers dirt and dust over time, which requires cleaning.
Here’s a look at some of the best tips to keep your fabric sofa looking like it’s just out of the store:
Treat the Fabric
There are treating and conditioning agents available in the market which are specifically meant to keep your sofa’s fabric clean. Prepare a cleaning schedule (at least 2 times a week) to ensure your sofa’s fabric shines like the day you bought it.
For instance, you can use a fabric protector spray to treat your sofa’s fabric. It also makes the fabric waterproof, making it safe from stains and molds for longer.
Keep Your Fabric Sofa Out of Bright Sunlight
One of the most detrimental factors in sofa deterioration is color fading. If possible, don’t place your settee in a space where it will receive a lot of direct sunlight. There are sofas specifically meant for the outdoors.
Consider buying such sofas if your home decor calls for an outdoor sofa. Moreover, even if you do buy it, don’t forget to look for upholstery fabric online to provide additional protection to your beautiful settee.
Use an Upholstery Brush or Vacuum Tools
Always use gentle tools when cleaning your fabric sofa. Most vacuum cleaners come with crevice tools and pressure adjustment that means you can hoover your sofa surfaces with utmost care. An upholstery brush is another handy, kind tool helpful for removing bobbles and blemishes without damaging your settee.
Never go hard when cleaning your sofa. It can force the delicate fabric to come out of the top layer, ruining your sofa’s looks. Even while using an upholstery cleaner, make sure the pressure isn’t more than 400psi.
Hire a Specialist Cleaner
If your fabric sofa has lost its ‘new’ look, and you’ve tried a general home clean – invest in the skills of professional furniture cleaners to ensure the job is done properly. They are trained professionals who know the nitty-gritty of cleaning the furniture to make them new. You’ll be glad you did when you snuggle down on your couch and find it smells new too!
Employ a Lint Roller
According to Insurance Information Institute, eight-five million (or sixty-seven percent) of US households have pets. So, if you have pets as well, then you probably know how your furry friend can be the enemy of your settee’s cleanliness.
The pet fur can easily penetrate your sofa’s top layer, which makes cleaning difficult. Employing a lint roller daily will ensure that the fur is removed from the sofa surface, including mud stains and pet drools.
Include a Throw Blanket
Throw Blankets do a perfect job of limiting the dust and dirt to settle on the sofa’s top surface. Although the above-mentioned ways are more effective but hey, this step works as well. Plus, it looks more chic and amazing.
The best part about a throw blanket (as the name suggests) is that you can clean it easily. So, while it acts as the first line of defense against all the spills and dirt on your sofa, all it takes is a simple toss in the washing machine to get it cleaned.
Cleaning your fabric sofa doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Make sure you don’t expose it to direct sunlight and don’t go too hard during cleaning. We have discussed all the sofa-cleaning tips in this article. Bookmark it and ensure that you clean your sofa the right way next time!
*Photos by Andrea Davis