How To Clean & Care For Your Sofa

After spending hours on Pinterest, browsing online and visiting furniture stores, you’ve finally found the perfect sofa to suit your home. Now you want to know how to clean and care for your sofa. To not only keep it looking good as new for longer, but also help it last longer too. So whether you have fabric or leather, here are our top tips on how to clean and care for your sofa. 

General care for your sofa

For general care of your sofa, be aware that prolonged periods of direct heat and strong, direct sunlight will cause fading. To help minimize these effects, we recommend that you keep your sofa 50 cm from sources of heat such as radiators. And consider voiles or blinds on the windows, or throws on the sofa. Try not to sit on the arms, or let children jump on the sofa either. As comfy as your sofa may be, it’s best not to fall into it with your full weight each time you sit down.

alexander and james sofa from our dunmow home

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Close recliners before getting up

Reclining chairs and sofas are particularly vulnerable when open. So make sure to always close them before getting up, and when not in use. To children, electric recliners are a fun toy to play with. So to avoid unnecessary damage when kids or grandkids are over, you can always unplug them when not in use. Another thing to bear in mind is to avoid wearing dark-coloured denim. As anyone with leather car seats can testify, the indigo dye can transfer and stain the leather or fabric overtime. 

natuzzi blue leather recliner sofa and luxurious rug

Natuzzi Editions - C074 leather sofa with chrome legs

Daily care for your sofa

Like making your bed every day, we always recommend that you dress your sofa daily too. It's one of the simplest and easiest ways to care for your sofa, so give it a little smooth and plump each day. Smooth out back and seat pads, especially on leather sofas to avoid sagging and plump fabric cushions - it’s like anti-ageing for your sofa. This will help them retain their shape, and keep everything looking neat and tidy. Scatter back sofas will of course need more plumping, so if you like to save time with your household chores, a fixed-back sofa may work better for you.

alexander and james pemberley midi leather sofa with scatterback cushions

Alexander & James - Pemberly scatterback leather sofa

Monthly care for your sofa

Vacuum your sofa once a month or so with a brush or upholstery fitting. This is to remove dirt and debris, which can contribute to wear and tear and colour fading. Vacuum the cushions, back and seat pads, as well as removing them and vacuuming in the cracks and crevices underneath with a nozzle fitting. We’re firm believers in ‘Finders Keepers’ when it comes to any loose change found down the back of the sofa. Which is a great incentive to get your kids or grandkids to do this monthly chore!

cleaning fabric sofa with upholstery fitting

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Turn & rotate back & seat cushions

If your sofa design allows, regularly rotate, swap or flip your cushions, backs and seat pads. Try to be mindful of where you sit on your sofa throughout the week. Sitting in the same spot every time may cause sagging and excessive wear and tear in that one spot. So try to change up where you sit. Doing this will allow the foam and fibre cushions to recover. Ensuring the sofa looks better over time and making it more durable and comfortable.

How to clean a leather sofa

It’s always best to avoid any spillages or stains if you have a leather sofa, especially an untreated, natural leather. However, protected leather options are available, so please ask any of our staff in store for more info. If the worst happens, simply absorb any liquid from the surface of the leather with a paper towel, being careful not to rub it in. Then wipe away with a warm damp microfibre cloth and dry immediately with a soft, dry cloth. Don’t soak the leather surface, or use harsh, solvent-based cleaners. Once clean, allow the leather to air-dry naturally, don’t dry the leather with a hair dryer.

how to clean a fabric sofa with cloth

How to clean a fabric sofa

Depending on your sofa design, we recommend steam cleaning or dry cleaning, according to manufacturer’s instructions and at the recommended temperature. For small spills, resist the urge to rub the stain, as this will only push it further into the fabric and cushion padding, making it harder to remove. Instead, soak up the stain with a dry paper towel as soon as possible. Then gently wipe with a damp cloth and warm water. Immediately dry with a soft, dry cloth, and once dry, give it a quick vacuum.

steam cleaning fabric sofa

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Innovative fabric protection options

Thanks to upholstery technologies such as Aquaclean and protected leather, we have a huge choice of brightly coloured sofas which are much easier to keep clean. Aquaclean is a type of innovative material with stain-protecting technology literally woven into the fabric. Allowing you to get rid of small stains such as wine, coffee, food, and even most marker pens. Protected leather sofas combine the advantages of natural qualities and softness with a thin finishing layer that help protect again stains and spills. For more information, or if you'd like to see the swatches available, please visit us in store and speak to any member of staff who will be more than happy to help you.

We hope you found these tips helpful. If you have just started browsing for a new sofa, check out 5 things to do before you go sofa shopping. If you're struggling to decide whether to get leather or fabric, read this post on The Sofa Struggle to help you determine which sofa is right for your home. 

Feel free to pop any questions in the comments below. Alternatively, you can contact us or visit us in store to see our huge selection of sofas available from some of the best manufacturers in the world. We're based in Navan, Co. Meath. Less than an hour from Dublin, just 90 minutes from Belfast, 2 hours from Galway, and 3 hours from Cork.

Until next time, 

The 1933 Team!

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