How to look after your sofa
Top tips to help you keep your sofa looking great.
Your new sofa has most likely cost you a few bob and you will want to keep it looking great and you will also want it to last you as long as possible. Unfortunately, people tend to do a few things to their sofa that can cause the sofa to wear and break which reduces the life expectancy.
We have listed the following tips to help you understand the things that could potentially ruin your new sofa and how to avoid them.
1. You fall or jump onto your sofa
It is never good practice to fall or jump onto your sofa. Throwing your weight onto your sofa so you don’t miss your favourite tv program or film for example is never a good idea as you could damage the frame causing it to squeak or even break over time. Remember to treat your sofa gently to help avoid structural damage.
2. You don’t vacuum your sofa
Vacuuming your sofa is a great habit to get into. Removing dirt, crumbs and other rubbish that finds its way on your sofa will reduce the likelihood of them finding their way into the fibres of your sofa. Vacuum the whole sofa including in between cushions and around the frame regularly will help to increase your sofas life and keep your sofa nice and clean.
3. Your sofa positioned in the sun
Sunlight can bleach and lighten certain fabrics and it is important where possible to position your sofa away from the sun or try to keep blinds or curtains closed whilst the sunlight is coming into the room.
4. Care used while moving your sofa
Moving your sofa can be the perfect opportunity to damage it and if you need to clean behind it or move it in anyway its best practice to lift it rather than drag it.
5. You keep sitting in the same spot
We all have our favourite seat in the living room, however, sitting in the same seat on your sofa over a long period of time could cause it to wear unevenly. This behaviour could also help your sofa to become saggy and worn on one side leaving the other side looking like new. If you can, try to alternate where you sit on the sofa, try sitting on the left-hand side, the right-hand side and/ or in the middle of your sofa alternatively to help spread the wear.
6. You sleep on your sofa
Falling asleep on your sofa from time to time is completely normal, however you should not make a habit of it as it could cause sag and deterioration over time. Try to make it to your bed or maybe invest in a sofa bed if you intend on sleeping on your sofa often.
7. You leave stains untouched
If you spill something on your sofa it is important to clean it up immediately to help prevent permanent staining, the longer the stain sits on the fabric the harder it will be to remove it.
8. You do not carry out regular checks
Every now and then it is worth checking your sofa for loose and wobbly feet or legs and any screws or bolts which may have become loose over time, this will prevent any problems from escalating and getting worse which could of course turn into a repair which will cost you money.