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Old vs New: Why You Do Not Need to Buy a New Sofa

Date Written: 15 Apr 2019


What’s a living room without a sofa? It’s a staple of every family room that is subjected to dirt, spills, and stains on a regular basis. These are in addition to the wear and tear resulting from the daily use of the furniture every time you and the rest of the family – your pets included – sit on it after a long day.


Over time, all these factors, particularly when teamed up with a lack of proper maintenance, can leave your sofa looking dirty, dull and older than it’s actual age. When you’re told that the average life of a sofa is seven to 15 years, the rather awful state of your sofa made you sense that purchasing a new one is happening sooner rather than later.


If this is your case, what you should know is that purchasing a new one isn’t the only option left for you. Instead of replacing it, your sofa probably only needs your attention and, in case you haven’t realised yet, professional upholstery cleaning services.


As you can see, there is a time for buying new upholstery and cleaning them. So, how do you know your sofa just needs a little bit of TLC? In this article, we list down the signs that your sofa only needs professional cleaning and not a replacement.


Pet Hair

When you own a pet, whether it’s a cat or a dog, you know too well that the hair they shed can be so frustrating to clean up. It speaks particularly true if the pet hair has settled on your upholstered furniture. While vacuuming and using a lint roller can remove some of the strands, neither one or combination of the two can get rid of them all. On the other hand, hiring a professional cleaner will not only remove all pet hair but will also eliminate the bacteria that goes with owning pets.



Permanent or stubborn stains are usually caused by spills that are left to dry out on the upholstery. We can’t stress further that the key to handle stains is to remove them immediately after they happen or as soon as you discover them, at the least. By this time, you can only hope that the spillage has not become permanent yet. However, if all ways are already tried yet you still haven’t achieved the results that you want, then it would be best to call a professional cleaning company.



Besides dirt, pet hair, and stains, sofas also attract the odour associated with them. In fact, even when these impurities have already been visually removed, they tend to leave an unpleasant musty smell which can range from mild to severe. Deodorising your upholstery may do the trick. But, depending on the severity, it may take longer to completely eliminate the odour.



Your sofa don’t need to smell or have stains or pet hair to look dirty and old. In some cases, the mere usage can leave your upholstery looking a bit off after a year or two of use – and it speaks particularly true for light-coloured furniture that can begin to look discoloured in exposed areas. While covering the discolouration with couch covers can do the trick, it only does nothing but masking a sign that your furniture needs professional clean.


Don’t just give up on your sofa yet! When your couch is looking older than it’s actual age, deep cleaning could be the most effective yet affordable way to keep it fresh for longer. You might be surprised to learn how easy it is to restore your sofa to its former glory and realise there are more ways than buying a new one.


Clean Care is a trusted upholstery cleaning company in Singapore. Get in touch with us today to learn more how we can save you from the costs of buying a new sofa.

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