The family sofa is probably one of the most loved pieces of furniture in your home. Its the place where we all sit back, put our feet up and relax after a long days work. Its where the kids might like to nibble on something after school while watching TV. Or it might be where your pet lounges all day.
Chances are that your sofa will have a stain or accidental spill that you’ll want gone…
You don’t need to wrap your sofa in plastic, put the dog outside or keep it off limits from the kids to protect it from stains. Here are a few things you can do to maintain the look of your sofa:
Select the right fabric
For durability and stain resistance, consider fabric with a high man-made fibre content. Synthetic fibres tend to be stronger and don’t hold stains in comparison to natural fibres.
Look for quality commercial grade fabric. Fabric houses such as Warwick, Zepel, Mokum and James Dunlop provide a range of stunning, on trend material that will suit. There are so many textures, patterns and colours available, visit us to explore the possibilities.
What about leather?
Though leather is attractive, you’ll need to be prepared for ongoing maintenance to keep it looking good. A monthly application of a protective creme such as Guardsman’s Leather Care will keep it in top condition.
There is quite a bit to know about leather, but we won’t go into that here. Its enough to know that there are many variations in leather quality, just think of your shoes. Before you buy that leather couch, be sure you understand how the leather will behave with moisture, liquid, oils (such as facial oil), and how it will stretch. Ask your consultant how to care for it.
Get fabric protection and insurance
With a quality fabric or leather protection and warranty you’ll be covered for accidental damage. If your party guest accidentally spills their red wine or your child has an accident on your sofa, you can have peace of mind that you’ll have help to clean it or have it replaced if it can’t.
For fabric protection, we recommend Guardsman Fabric Care, and for leather, Guardsman Leather Care. These products not only provide you with a protective spray / creme and cleaning solutions for ease of cleaning, they come with a free advisory service to help you know how to clean your furniture, as well as a 5 year warranty*, that if you accidentally damage your furniture with a stain that they can’t remove, they will replace it. See here for more details https://urbanrhythm.com.au/pages/furniture-care-products
*Subject to Guardsman Product Warranty terms and conditions
Little habits can help
Given that food and drink are the most common causes of stains, think about banning them around your sofa, especially for little ones. Offer the kids a picnic blanket or a kiddy table to have their snack on instead. Then make sure they clean their hands after eating :)
Shoes off please kiddos. This little habit will help prevent soiling from mud and scuffs, or catching from shoe buckles.
Ask the kids to do their homework at a desk or the kitchen table to avoid ink stains when their pen slips between their books onto your lovely sofa.
For furry family members, pop a blanket on the couch for your dog to lie on and consider a comfy cushion for your cat to knead rather than your sofa. If your cat likes to claw, encourage her to use a scratching pole with a little catnip.
Place newspapers, catalogs and magazines on a coffee table, as some inks can rub on to your sofa.
Always pre-wash denim jeans and other coloured clothes before sitting on your sofa, as some dyes will rub on to your it and be extremely difficult to remove. It will also pay to check with your teenage visitors if you suspect them wearing new jeans!
Be quick to attend to stains, oh and don’t scrub!
Get to spills fast, before they have time to really seep in. Gently scrape or lift away any solids, then blot liquids away.
Invest in an ultra absorbent sponge or chamois to slurp up liquids. Remember to blot rather than rub and scrub.
If you have Guardsman protection, give them a call for the best cleaning advice. Otherwise, Warwick have an excellent guide to the treatment of unique stains see it here: http://www.warwick.co.nz/careadvice/Fabric+Care++Cleaning.html
Maintain your sofa by vacuuming regularly - dust and dirt particles have a way of building up. Dust can be abrasive and can damage the fibres over time. Fluff and rotate your cushions after you’ve vacuumed to maintain an even wear and distribution of filling.
Even if your cushions have a zipper, do not be tempted to machine wash your upholstery! You’ll be left in tears if your cover shrinks or the finish changes from the rest of the furniture piece. Opt in stead for professional cleaning to keep a uniform appearance.
Professional advice on the best covering for your lifestyle will put you in front when it comes to keeping your sofa looking great.
The Urban Rhythm team