How to Care for Your Fabric Sofa

Fabric sofas are the most popular sofas in the world, accounting for over 70% of sales. Leather sofas are incredibly popular with pet owners and customers looking for a more long-term investment, but with the advance in fibres and fabrics involved in sofa manufacture, it’s become a more viable option to buy fabric and expect it to last.

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Companies like G Plan emphasise that their sofas will wear in and last beautifully year on year, with such high quality fabric that it will even rival their leather ranges. However, as you can expect with either material, there are plenty of hints and tips which can keep your sofa looking and feeling its best.

Dust and Dirt

Fabric sofas have been known to attract dust and dirt. G Plan recommends vacuuming your sofa once a week to make sure no dirt can gain a foothold and become ingrained. To do the best, most thorough job, remove the cushions and vacuum them separately, even if you see no obvious sign or dust or dirt. Use the relevant attachments of your vacuum cleaner to get into all the nooks and crannies.


Dealing with Spills

The best way to deal with a spill is to react quickly, and make a speedy assessment of the potential damage you’re dealing with. G Plan recommend the use of a professional upholstery cleaning company, however as it’s often imperative to act quickly and deal with the stain as fast as possible, sometimes you’ll need to take matters into your own hands. Remember that it’s essential to avoid rubbing or wiping the stain (this tends to just spread it and make it worse!), instead blot with an absorbent fabric such as cotton.

In general, water doesn’t cause any lasting damage to the sofa as long as it’s cleaned up quickly, but it’s best avoided as it can cause distortion and shrinkage of the fabric in some cases. Let your sofa air-dry as much as possible after rigorously blotting dry.

Cushions Make the Sofa

In order to best maintain your sofa, remember to regularly maintain the upholstery and placement of fabric seams. Avoid distortion and damage to fabrics by keeping arm rests and cushions plumped up by turning them over regularly. Most fabric sofa covers can’t be machine washed, so be sure to check the label before you embark on any deep cleaning of the covers yourself.

Sunlight and Heat

Sunlight will always cause fabrics to fade. If possible, place the sofa out of direct sunlight. Close curtains and blinds during the day to prevent sunlight from hitting the fabric. All fabrics fade eventually, but it’s better to prolong their lifespan by keeping them in the dark.

Also, it’s worth noting how most fabric sofas are prone to burning, so for both aesthetic and safety reasons make sure it’s clear from any open fires or heat sources.

The Frame

The arm rests of the sofa are called that for a reason – they only have arms on them! It’s tempting to use them as an extra seat, but it can damage the frame of the sofa. It’s best to assume that they are much weaker than they look.

Call in a professional sofa cleaning company on at least an annual basis to give the sofa a good clean. A good deep cleaning can prolong the life of the sofa. It’s not usually an expensive service and it isn’t an inconvenience. A cleaning company can finish the job within hours. It’s definitely worth doing as it can add years to the life of a fabric sofa.

You can avail the services of companies like G Plan to maintain your fabric sofa in good condition for a long time.

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