May 27, 2021 3 min read
Your couch is where you spend hours having movie marathons with your friends and family, the best impromptu naps and spend time lounging after work to unwind after a long day. No matter how careful you are on your couch, the crevices down the sides of the seat cushions are a magnet for crumbs, dust and pet hair. Your fabric couch is an investment, and so it is imperative that you properly deep clean your fabric sofa regularly. While your fabric sofa may be a magnet for mess, the good news is that tough stains, spills and dust don’t have to be part of your furniture forever if you follow a few a proper cleaning steps. The main thing to remember, and we cannot stress its importance enough – is to react to any spills or stains immediately by cleaning them as quickly as you can. The longer the stain sits and soaks into the fabric, the harder it becomes to remove.
Before you head out and spend your hard-earned money on a fabric couch, you should consider your lifestyle. The fabric content of your couch gives you a great deal of insight into how much care your sofa will require to stay in pristine condition.
If you are someone that has children, pets and entertains their friends and extended family frequently, you may want to look for a fabric couch that is made from a more durable, forgiving material such as polyester, velvet or acrylic blends. If this is not the case for you, then feel free to look at more delicate fabric options such as linen or wool. Another aspect to consider when choosing a fabric sofa is how the cushions are placed or attached on the couch. Sofas constructed with loose or cushions that can be removed and rotated are typically more forgiving. Alternatively, sofas with an attached backrest cushion will generally keep their shape longer, but won’t have the convenience of being able to flip over or rotate a cushion to plump it up.
To prepare your fabric couch for cleaning, we recommend that you start by vacuuming the whole surface, the crevices and under the cushions. Loosen-up old stains or dirt by using the stiff brush attached with natural bristles, and vacuum that part of the sofa again. By vacuuming your fabric sofa frequently, it removes any dust or crumbs that can cause further damage if left over time.
Overtime the seat and backrest cushions of your fabric sofa can become deflated and squashed. Regularly plump, turn and rotate the cushions of your fabric couch to prevent unnecessary wear and tear, and plump them up to keep them looking plush.
Fabric sofas should be kept away from any direct heat source whether it is a fire, heaters or direct exposure to the sun. If you leave your fabric sofa too close to a direct heat source it can lead to your couch becoming dry and warped. Avoid placing your fabric sofa in direct sunlight as prolonged exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun can cause your fabric sofa to fade and bleach, causing uneven colouring across the sofa.
It is vital that if you spill anything on your fabric couch that you clean it up immediately by gently dabbing the area with a soft, clean micro-fibre cloth and then leaving it to air dry. We recommend that you have your fabric sofa, fabric corner couch or fabric recliner suite professionally dry cleaned regularly throughout the year to ensure that it is properly cleaned to assist in keeping it in good condition.