So you bought an upholstered sofa of your choice and positioned it to define the identity of your home. Few days pass, and you regret the decision because every time you pat the couch, it blows off some dust. You also worry about the residents of your house, like your child and parents.
Although the piece of furniture becomes a part of your daily routine of leaning back after a difficult day at work, it comes with some risks if not taken care of regularly.
To make your purchase worthwhile and increase its longevity, keep reading for some tips and tricks of sofa maintenance.
- Avoid direct exposure to sunlight and rain
Maybe you planned on placing the reclining chair or sofa in front of a big window or on the porch, but be aware of the risks it may pose. Too much exposure to sunlight can affect the fabric of your sofa. This might make it look dull and old. Raindrops on your couch can lead to the growth of bacteria and mold. When children play or sit on it, the chances are that the dust is released into the environment of your house. This can lead to some respiratory problems and allergies.
- Fluff up the sofa
As time passes and with regular use, the shape of your sofa’s seating area might lose its shape and flatten out. This is because it is made of soft material. It is a best practice to fluff, slap, and prods the seating area regularly so that it retains its original shape. Keeping the shape of your couch can help increase longevity and maintain the upholstery in good condition. Fluff more often if your sofa is made of a softer material.
- Ask the seller about stain protectors
To protect your upholstery from unforeseen accidents and spillages, it is best to ask the seller or manufacturer about the dos and don’ts of your sofa’s maintenance. They can suggest you the best stain protectors and practices for the longevity of your couch. They can also provide a thin film for rain protection if requested. Be mindful of the products you use because a wrong product can further damage the upholstery, maybe permanently.
- Schedule routine deep cleaning
Dust settles on everything but more so if your sofa is made of a soft material. The dust can scrape and stain your sofa. When people sit on the sofa, it further forces the dust down into the fibers. This makes the regular wear and tear more apparent. No matter how much cleaning and vacuuming you do on a regular basis, it lacks the proficiency of a professional cleaning company. They use the best industry-grade products and equipment like steam upholstery cleaner for deep cleaning. They can bring back the shine of your sofa and make it look and smell as if it’s brand new. Their cleaning can also increase the longevity of your sofa.
- Keep the manufacturing information to reupholster
If you have a pet and, in a worst-case scenario, if it tears the upholstery open, the manufacturing information can help get your sofa reupholstered. If the damage results from some normal wear and tear, the tags can help get a new upholstery for your furniture. If you’re lucky, they can also offer some concessions for replacement or to get it reupholstered.
It isn’t just enough to dust your sofa regularly. It needs a deep cleaning to prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria on the upholstery. Follow the above tips for a simple care routine.