No matter what type of material your sofa is made of and the kind of upholstery it is covered with, the spills, stains, and scratches often caused by your pets, children, and daily use may result to permanent damage to it.
All these are in addition to dirt, dust and debris that cling to your sofa and need to be cleaned immediately. Otherwise, leaving these particles to accumulate for a long time will leave your sofa looking dull and dingy – and while wrapping it in a plastic cover will help in some way, it’s particularly not an attractive way to enjoy your upholstery.
As a provider of sofa cleaning services in Singapore, we believe that by employing the most effective protection techniques, you can maintain the integrity of your sofa for many years to come. Reclaim your sofa’s lounge-worthy status with some of the best tips on how to protect your sofa and your upholstery, in general.
Why You Should Care About Protecting Your Sofa
It goes without saying that you spend thousands of dollars on your sofa. In fact, it’s likely the most expensive investment you’ll make for your living room, setting you back for at least $2,000 or more. Thus, to say that your sofa has to last you a lifetime is an understatement and you’ll do all ways to protect it and keep it looking nice and new as long as possible – and here are some ways to do it:
The Easy Tips to Keep Your Sofa Clean
Clean your sofa
Maintaining your sofa starts with removing all the dirt and dust on its surface – and the best way to do this is with a vacuum. If you have pets, you may as well consider buying a lint roller to ease up the process of getting pet dander off the sofa. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for some added freshness, you can sprinkle on some baking soda on your sofa and let it sit for 15 minutes before running your vacuum.
Purchase the right fabric
Let’s face it, having a light-coloured sofa is a little ambitious, particularly when you have children at home – putting your upholstery at higher risk of being soiled. While there’s a wide range of attractive fabrics available in a multitude of patterns, textures, and colours, it’s better to opt for one that stands out in terms of durability and stain resistance. For this category, synthetic fibres are by far your most cost-effective option. You might also think of dark-coloured fabrics as an option as well.
Protect it with a stain guard
Regardless of its fabric, using a stain guard is one of the most effective ways to safeguard your sofa from being soiled. There are products specifically made for leather and fabric, providing a way to protect your upholstery when a stain occurs – and when it happens, it will be easier to wipe it clean. What’s more, most stain guard products today are safe and easy to use. Just remember to follow the directions on the label carefully and handle the product with care.
Change your daily habits
Improving your daily habits at home can go a long way in helping avoid stains on your sofa. Consider banning food and beverages being consumed while on the sofa because as much as you tend to deny it, it’s two of the primary causes of stains. Additionally, if you have a pet at home, consider adding a throw for your dog to curl up on and a cushion for your cat to knead to keep its attention away from your sofa.
Attend to stains as they occur
Of course, even if you’ve done all the things you could to protect your sofa, life happens and you’ll be dealing with stains and spills on your sofa. Get to the stain immediately before it gets the chance to seep into the fabric. But before using any cleaning solutions, be sure to check the manufacturer’s care instructions and the cleaning codes which can usually be found on its tag. Failing to use the right products can result in permanent damage to your upholstery.
Call a Sofa Cleaning Professional
Beyond all these measures, it’s best to have a professional clean your upholstered furniture on a regular basis. We recommend having this done at least every 6 to 12 months and never wait for your sofa to get visibly dirty. Keep in mind that the dirtier your sofa becomes, the higher the risks of dirt settling onto it and the harder it is to restore your sofa to its former glory.
Clean Care is a leading provider of professional upholstery cleaning services in Singapore. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how our deep cleaning services can clean even the deepest stains on your sofa.