How to Care for a Woven Fabric Couch

The sofa can be one of the very expensive — and many used — pieces of furniture in the home and by properly caring for one with woven-fabric, you can stretch the furnishing’s life and maybe even maintain in seeking good as new for many decades. But the care routine does not cease with an occasional scrubbing. There are other important — and simple to implement — things that you can do to ensure that the sun, your pets and the occasional spilled beverage does not turn a prized possession into a dumpster-bound disaster.

Vacuum the sofa weekly to remove dirt that can get embedded in the cloth and break down its fibers. Use the vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment to the sofa’s surface area. Use the crevice tool to achieve between the seating base along with the arms and rear. Never use the wand’s metal edge to scrub the cloth; the roughness can tear, damage or wear from the cloth.

Flip the cushions every week to ensure even wear of the material and even compression of the inner foam, if they are not connected to the couch body and therefore are faced with upholstery fabric on either side.

Layer sheers beneath your window treatments to decrease direct sunlight, which can fade cloths. Close your drapes during the day to totally block out the sun, while no one is at home.

Provide a cat-nip-scented scratching post for your cat to deter your pet from sharpening its claws on the sofa’s cloth.

Blot up spills immediately, using a dry, white rag. Work from the outer edge of the spill into the center to prevent spreading the stain, until the spill feels nearly dry to the touch. Wash the rag and use it to wipe the spill area working from the outer surface toward the center, using a mild detergent, like a little dish soap mixed with warm water. Wash the soapy area with a clean, damp rag and very clear water. After the washed area dissolves gently sweep the cloth with a nonmetallic brush, like a nailbrush or scrub brush to lift the fibers.

Hire a professional upholstery service annually to give the sofa a comprehensive cleaning.

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