sofa care guide and top tips

To keep your sofa in tip-top condition, it’s going to need some regular TLC. Here's a few tips and tricks on how to maintain your sofa and look after the different sofa fillings.

Sofa Care
Sofa Care

We offer an endless combination of fabrics and fillings. As each material and filling requires a different method of care, we’ll send you detailed care instructions specific to your sofa once you’ve placed your order. This general overview gives you an idea of how to clean a leather sofa, how to clean a fabric sofa, and what to expect from different sofa fillings.

sofa cleaning – what to do and when

Calendar Daily

daily and weekly

Plump your cushions, re-dress your covers, check the legs are tight, dust down your leather, remove any bobbles from fabrics and give them a gentle brush.

Calendar Month

monthly

Vacuum your fabric sofas, rotate your cushions, turn and vacuum the mattress on your sofa bed.

Calendar Year

once a year

Time to clean your entire sofa. Look at the care instructions on your sofa and either wash at home, at the dry cleaners or have them professionally cleaned in situ.

Sofa Care

fabric care guide

To keep your fabric and leather looking spick and span, they’ll need some regular care. Different fabrics need different TLC. Cottons, linens and wools are more prone to pilling (the little bobbles on the surface), while velvet sofas show up marks, and leather sofas gather dust. For help with choosing the right material, see our fabric guide.

brushing fabrics

Fabric sofas need weekly brushing, especially velvet. It helps stimulate the pile and remove pressure marks and shading. Suede and nubuck leather sofas also need to be lightly brushed.

Brushing Fabrics
De-bobbling Fabrics
de-bobbling fabrics

Fabrics sofas can be prone to pilling. This happens naturally and will lessen over time. We find a Fuzz-away does the job of getting rid of them, and a gentle vacuuming helps remove the top coat.

vacuuming your sofa

You should vacuum your sofa once a month. Use a standard household hoover on a low setting with a soft brush attachment. This will remove dust particles and prevent soiling and undue wear.

Vacuuming Your Sofa
Dusting Leathers
dusting leathers

To stop leather sofas from gathering dust, you can wipe them down with a dry cloth once a week. Avoid using polish, and make sure follow the specific sofa care instructions provided.

Brushing Fabrics
brushing fabrics

Fabric sofas need weekly brushing, especially velvet. It helps stimulate the pile and remove pressure marks and shading. Suede and nubuck leather sofas also need to be lightly brushed.

De-bobbling Fabrics
de-bobbling fabrics

Fabrics sofas can be prone to pilling. This happens naturally and will lessen over time. We find a Fuzz-away does the job of getting rid of them, and a gentle vacuuming helps remove the top coat.

Vacuuming Your Sofa
vacuuming your sofa

You should vacuum your sofa once a month. Use a standard household hoover on a low setting with a soft brush attachment. This will remove dust particles and prevent soiling and undue wear.

Dusting Leathers
dusting leathers

To stop leather sofas from gathering dust, you can wipe them down with a dry cloth once a week. Avoid using polish, and make sure follow the specific sofa care instructions provided.

filling care guide

To keep your seat and back cushions looking lovely and full you'll need to be prepared to give them a good (and you may well work up a sweat) plumping. If you think you're not going to do this then steer clear of feathers and fibres and stick with foam instead - it’s is far better behaved. Our quality sofa fillings each offer a different look and feel - here is our quick guide to help you choose the right one. If you’d like to know more, get in touch and one of our design consultants who will be happy to help.

wonderfully soft naturally curled duck feathers for extra volume

Sink into our sofest and most popular seat. Ideal for big, generous proportioned styles built for comfort.

We only use the best duck feathers in our cushions. These are naturally curled (not steam curled) which means they hold more air for longer. It’s the air that gives the super-soft plump ‘aaah’ not the feather. Regular plumping keeps the feathers curly which means they are less likely to escape through the covers.

If you have a busy lifestyle plumping your sofa everyday might not be practical (or desirable). Feather seats can be heavy and a struggle to plump properly. Feather seat cushions are heavy and require daily plumping to keep their shape.

Daily maintenance for feather cushions:

  • Drop cushions onto a clean floor or rug, onto each corner. This will circulate the feathers and draw air in.
  • Punch into shape, paying attention to the corners - this will stop the feathers clumping and becoming compacted.
  • Channels are sewn into seat cushions to stop feathers ending up all at the front or back. Be careful not to split these when plumping.
  • Rotate cushions to even wear on covers and the impact on feathers.
  • Relax - once your cushions are big and beautifully plump its time for a cuppa!

the best of both worlds - squishy fibre cushions for comfort that bounces back...

... sits between feather and foam. Not as sinky as feather - more casual than foam.

Fibre seat cushions are lighter than feather but still require regular plumping to maintain their wonderfully full shape and avoid flattening and lumps. Because fibre keeps its great shape for longer, regular upkeep may not be obvious. It is important to give them a plump at least once a week to keep your sofa looking and feeling its best.

How to maintain fibre cushions:

  • Fibre offers more resistance than feather and so needs more ‘oomph’ to plump!
  • Punch the corners and sides to help air circulate back into the fibres.
  • Rotate side to side to stop fibres flattening in the same place, creating a wedge and becoming uncomfortable.
  • Remove cushions from their covers weekly and ‘tease’ the fibres apart to pull back into shape to maintain fullness.

easy to maintain, supportive foam seats for no-fuss good looks

Our top quality foam offers a firm springy sit. Great if you prefer a smart contemporary finish.

Foam is easy to maintain and keeps its shape however doesn’t give much ‘squish’ on certain styles, especially when the back cushion rests over the arm of the sofa e.g. Florence.

How to maintenance foam cushions:

  • Foam cushions can’t be plumped but do need to be rotated regularly to avoid dips appearing in the middle and on the front edges.

fixed sprung seat for wonderful support, minimum effort and maximum comfort

We source the best materials for our frames, springs and fillings, to give you the most comfortable sit.

Sofa Cushions

how to plump your sofa cushions

Remove your duck feather or fibre cushion from the sofa, punch from all sides then drop onto a clean floor. This pushes air back into the cushion, maintaining its shape and comfort. Don't forget to rotate your cushions too, to help even out the wear and minimise any potential fading from sunlight.

Need help choosing your perfect sofa? Speak to one of our Design Consultants in store or call us on 0800 2300 048.