10 October 2016
Your fabric sofa can often be the staple piece of furniture in your room, an essential to give it that perfect finish. You can spend hours trawling the shops and internet to find the perfect one to suit and compliment your style best. When you finally find the one it can be a battle to maintain the fabric to keep it in pristine condition. With your fabric sofa getting so much use it can easily be at risk of wear and stains.
In this article I will give you various tips and tricks to maintain and clean your fabric sofa. For leather sofas, you can find the dedicated article here to keep your leather sofas looking brand new.
If you have a sofa with removable covers such as the SOVHA, consider yourself lucky. This model has the easiest and simplest maintenance method! All you have to do is unzip it, put it into the washing machine and voila, your sofa is clean and fresh.
But this article would be much too short if all sofas had completely removable covers. If you do not have that luxury, the task will be a little more complicated, but still easy! First of all, for the regular maintenance of your sofa, remember to dust it and give it a quick vacuum each time you clean the rest of your room. When you do, make sure that you use a small brush with soft bristles to avoid damaging the delicate fabric. To be sure you don’t ruin anything, you can do a small test on an inconspicuous area of the sofa (for example the back of the sofa if it’s leaning against a wall) to check.
For older and more worn out sofas or to tackle a more difficult stain, you can use a deeper cleaning method. You have the choice to use either, foam specifically designed for this, or a shampoo for fabrics and textiles. For both products use a very slightly damp cloth (wring well, you want to clean the surface without soaking it). Whichever method you choose, remember that the golden rule is to first do a test on an inconspicuous area to see if that technique leaves a trace or damages the material.
In the case of a stain, try to avoid rubbing as you might spread the stain and make it bigger. As soon as possible, dab the mark with a paper towel or cloth to remove as much of the stain as possible prior to cleaning and starting the stain removal process. Don’t hesitate to ask for your Grandmother’s advice on how to deal with each type of stain, as they often prove to be extremely effective!
Don’t forget that when you clean an area of your sofa you are often left with patches and colour changes in the fabric. So if you’re determined and want to tackle that task, be prepared to clean that whole part of the sofa to make sure it’s all even.
Lastly, to prevent stains from occurring in the first place, consider using waterproof products that will make your life much easier, and keep your sofa in immaculate condition.