How to maintain your sofa
Your new sofa will be like a member of the family and you'll want to look after it to keep it looking like new. We're not saying you'll have to take it to the park for a walk but you will have to roll up your sleeves and give the cushions a good plumping. Here's a few helpful hints and if you need any help, get in touch.
Sofa care tips
There's so many different fillings and fabrics we offer we can't cover them all here in detail. What we will do is provide you with unique care instructions when you buy your sofa so you'll know what to do. The following is a general overview to give you an idea, remember a sofa's for life, not just for Christmas.
Daily & weekly tasks
Plump your cushions, re-dress your covers, check legs are tight, dust down your leather, remove any bobbling from fabrics and give them a gentle brush.
Vacuum fabric sofas, rotate your cushions and if you've got a sofa bed turn and vacuum the mattress.
Time to clean the entire sofa. If you have washable fabrics clean them as per the washing instructions, if not have them professionally cleaned in situ.
Have we mentioned we have the greatest choice of fabrics on the high street? A velvet needs to be treated differently to a linen and a cotton needs to be treated differently to leather. We could give you chapter and verse but here's an overview of basic care tips. You'll be given specific care instructions when you buy a sofa.
Learn to love to brush
One thing we recommend for all fabrics is weekly brushing. Your sofa will love this as it will stimulate the pile, helping with pressure marks and shading through use, particularly for velvets, which are delicate flowers. If you have leather, whip a clean duster over it once a week, don’t use any polish though. Go easy, brush gently.
We recommend you vacuum your sofa once a month. Don’t use an industrial strength machine and, if you can, turn yours down to a low setting and use a brush attachment. This will remove pesky dust particles and prevent soiling and undue wear. A gentle vacuum will also help reduce pilling which some fabrics are prone to.
Yep, we recommend a Fuzz-Away!
Some fabrics (brushed cottons, linens and some wools for example) have a layer of fibres on the surface and may well pill or lint, a bit like your favourite jumper. This isn’t a fault and will disperse in time. Meanwhile a gentle vacuum will help until the fabric has lost it’s top coat. If you can’t live with bobbles we find a Fuzz-Away can’t be beaten!
To keep your seat and back cushions looking as lovely and full as they do in the movies 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, which is far better behaved.
Feather - A lovely soft feather filling gives the most relaxed look of all our options. It will flatten when sat on and look far more casual than foam and fibre fillings, not everyone's cup of tea. Feather is the most traditional filling and is wonderfully soft. It will need plumping and turning daily to keep it looking and feeling wonderful. If you have allergies, stay away. Despite the casual look and need to plump it's by far one of our most popular fillings.
Fibre - We think fibre is in between feather and foam. It's not as soft and sinky as feather but is softer and more casual looking than foam. It will need to be looked after and plumped and turned regularly to keep looking tip-top and feeling comfy.
Foam - A foam seat interior will give you a firmer, slightly more springy sit than a fibre interior. It's also smarter in appearance to its softer siblings and lends itself to styles with slimmer seats, particularly more contemporary styles. Although we consider it low maintenance you will need to turn and flip the seats, like you would a mattress, to keep it in the best condition possible. Contrary to popular opinion foam is not a cheap alternative to a 'proper' filling, our top quality foams are just an alternative.
Interiors will need plumping, some more than others, seats and back cushions too.
The best way to plump cushions is to remove them from the sofa, punch them from all sides then drop them onto a clean floor. This pushes air back into the cushion , maintaining its shape and comfort.
Don't forget to rotate your cushions to help even out the wear and minimise any potential fading from sunlight.