Maintaining your sofa: our advice
A soft bouncy castle for the kids, a safe haven for you to relax after a long day, the ideal place to hang out when you have friends over ... your sofa endures a lot. So how do you ensure that you'll be able to enjoy your leather or fabric sofa for many years to come? Here are some practical maintenance tips.
Every little bit helps
It might not be your favourite thing to do, but the more often you clean your sofa, the longer it will last. Give it a good vacuum every week, so dust and dirt don't get the chance to penetrate deeper into the upholstery. Use only a soft brush head to avoid damaging the fabric fibres or the leather. Fluff up the cushions every evening to ensure that your sofa retains its shape.
No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. When the time comes, there are two rules: stay calm, but act quickly. Rubbing hard will only make the stain penetrate deeper into the fabric or leather. Instead, gently pat the stain dry with a paper towel or a dry cloth. Always work from the outside in, so that the stain doesn't get bigger. As most fabrics are coated with a stain repellent, you should be able to get rid of many stains with just a wet cloth. Always check the care instructions on the label first, because the use of detergents is often strongly discouraged. If you have a stain that won't come out completely, don't try all kinds of things yourself. Get help from a professional. They can make your sofa look like new again.
Better safe than sorry
Everything starts with a quality sofa, made with strong materials and premium fabrics. This is an investment in your home, your comfort, and yourself. Because a good couch lasts a lot longer. Especially if you take these tips to heart:
- Do you have pets or children? In that case, it might be best to go for a sofa with removable covers: if you have a spare, you can always send one off to the dry cleaner's. Plus, you can change things up with the seasons. Soft plaids or throws can also help protect your fabric or leather couch. Not only are they super cosy, but they're easy to wash after an accident.
- To avoid cracks in the leather or discoloration of the fabric, make sure you don't place your sofa in direct sunlight or close to heating elements.
- Ventilate the room frequently to prevent unpleasant odours from accumulating in the fabric.
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