We just got a new sofa, and I am absolutely committed to keeping this one properly. Despite having two children, who are especially fond of bouncing, I want this sofa to put some time in. So I’m willing to put my time in to give it a hand.
Our last one was vile. In the end it was uncomfortable and I’m pretty sure it was dust holding it together, rather than its structure. It had served its purpose far longer than I was expecting it to, so I should speak ill of it!
The new sofa is now a few months old, and settling in very nicely. Every couple of days I take the cushions outside and give them a good bash to get the dust out. I also pass the vacuum over the whole sofa – arms, front, back, and between the cushions – before putting the cushions back. With luck I’ll be able to hold off bringing in a professional sofa cleaner for a couple more months.
Before you arrange a professional sofa cleaner to come and give your sofa a good bit of attention, contact the company you bought the sofa from, to make sure that by using products on it you’ll lose your warranty.
Talk with a professional cleaning company. Dealing with upholstery is not something you can learn from YouTube, nor from articles. The most successful results will come from an experienced company with experienced cleaners. Similarly, if the cleaner has completed a course they have shown a genuine interest in the job and are likely to do a good job.
Let your cleaning company know what kind of fabric your sofa has, so they know which product to bring. If your sofa should be dry-cleaned, let the cleaner know, so they an bring the right steaming equipment. Paying for a good quality product will ensure your sofa will continue to look fab for many years to come.
When the sofa cleaner arrives, get them to check the product on an unseen area of the sofa, saving any heart-sinking moments when you see a stripe of chemicals ruin your new sofa.
The professional cleaner will clean the entire sofa, covering every square inch, so there is no difference in colour. Professional cleaners take time and care to get your sofa looking swish again, so don’t put any pressure on them.
With your sofa officially clean, don’t just flop on your sofa as soon as the cleaner leaves. Give your sofa time to dry. Allowing it to dry will let your sofa keep the same colour all over.
Bringing in the professionals on sofa cleaning is definitely the way for once or twice year, but for your daily life, making sure your vacuum and sofa convene once in a while is a great thing.