How to keep your sofa looking as good as new
Posted 29th Sep 2016
- Although a well-loved leather sofa can soften with age, with time it can also begin to look faded and dried out if not looked after properly. Central heating and direct sunlight can both be causes of this so try not to place your sofa in front of a radiator or in a conservatory if you can help it.
- Try to clean your leather sofa every six months, and always immediately after a spill, with a specialised cleaning product, and always test on an inconspicuous area first to test for discolouring. Note that most cleaners cannot be used on aniline leather, suede and nubuck, as they will absorb liquids, so always check first. After cleaning use a balsam designed specifically for leather to nourish and protect, to keep it supple and prevent cracking.
- Fabric sofas can absorb smells. To get rid of the odours, rather than masking them, vacuum the sofa, removing cushions to get into every space, then sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda. Leave for at least 30 minutes then vacuum away.
- Steam cleaning is another way of freshening your fabric sofa, as well as helping to lift dirt. Many household steam cleaners will have an upholstery attachment, but if you don’t own one then try hiring a rental machine from your local supermarket, DIY store or dry cleaners. Make sure you don’t have the steam setting too high, as you don’t want to soak the cushions.
- If your sofa is particularly tired and saggy then consider professional help. Guardsman offers an In-Home Care & Repair service as well as Safeclean for upholstery stain removal, and Service Master Clean can also cover your upholstery cleaning needs, while Furniture Medic offers upholstery and leather repair and restoration services.
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