If you are looking for something comfortable and contemporary for your home, you can't go wrong with a fabric sofa. However, while many people admire them for their beauty, they are often said to lack durability. However, with the right approach and level of care, fabric upholstery can be kept in top condition as long as any other material.
Please be aware that dye from none colourfast clothing and garments can transfer onto fabric and is usually more noticeable on light fabric colours such as whites, creams and ivory.
We recommend to always check the labels on your clothing and garments for further information. This guide has been written to help you maintain your fabric sofa. We've included many great tips about the best way to clean and maintain your upholstery, so please read on to find out more.
Clean your fabric sofa regularly.
To ensure your sofa is always in tip-top condition, it's best to clean it as regularly as possible. The fibres in your upholstery tend to collect dirt particles and keep them hidden below the surface level, so vacuuming is an essential part of the care process.
Below, we've set out three easy steps that you should regularly follow to make sure your sofa remains dust and dirt free. We advise that you clean your upholstery every fortnight to keep it spotless.
- Vacuum your sofas' upholstery to draw out any loose dust and dirt particles from both under and above the surface. Use a soft brush attachment, use gentle movements for this task to avoid scratching or marking the material. This process is especially crucial for delicate fabrics such as velvet.
- When you're giving your sofa a quick clean, you should take care of any grime or light marks with a damp cloth. However, once or twice every month, you should use a fabric-friendly cleaning product to perform a much deeper cleanse — we recommend a mild fabric foam cleaner. Apply a small amount with a small amount of water (without soaking the material) and leave it to work. (See care instructions on the back of your chosen product)
- Leave your sofa to dry naturally before sitting on it again as it will prevent creases forming, which usually means you have to start over. In the warmer months, you should open your home's windows and doors to improve airflow and speed up the drying process.
How to clean loose sofa covers.
A lot of our fabric sofas have loose, removable covers that can be taken off individually and cleaned. Which means you can access all the areas of your upholstery for more convenient maintenance, while also being able to machine wash each cover should the care label allow (always check beforehand to be sure). If you need to wash by hand, you can follow the steps above, and it is a good idea to put them back on the sofa to dry naturally to avoid creasing.
Velvet upholstery needs regular brushing too.
The majority of upholstery fabrics only require a regular cleaning regime, but velvet sofas require an extra step to keep them looking and feeling great. To preserve the material's natural sheen, you will need to go over it with a clothes brush or a specialist velvet brush, which will help it develop an antiqued 'crushed' appearance that will only improve with age. The best time to do this is immediately after vacuuming or when dry after deep cleaning.
Choose a shady spot to avoid sun and heat damage.
Leaving your upholstery in the sun to dry, means it can fade, bleach, and lose its natural qualities. Also, heat from radiators, pipes and fireplaces can cause the material to become dried out and warped. Take this into account when you are looking for the best position for your sofa. A good tip is somewhere without too much sunlight, and away from heat sources, this will cause the least damage in the long-run.
Plump your cushions regularly to keep their shape.
Alongside a regular cleaning regime, it's essential to service your sofa's cushions, so they keep their natural shape and provide the optimal level of comfort and support. All you need to do is plump your seat, arm and back cushioning after each extended period of use, perhaps at the end of each day. Plumping the cushions is an essential task if your sofa's care process especially if filled with feathers, fibres or a combination of both, as they do not have the same resilience as foam and won't return to their original shape.
While you're plumping your cushions, please don't pass up the opportunity to do the same to your scatter cushions or throws so that they maintain their shape too.
How to clean spills and stains on your fabric sofa.
Unfortunately, even if you are the most careful person in the world, there is a good chance that your sofa will eventually fall victim to a nasty accident. The golden rule to keep in mind is when spillage happens, react quickly; a fast turnaround can be the difference between a quick mop-up and a stain getting its claws into your lovely upholstery.
The priority should be removing as much liquid as possible before it has the chance to soak into the fibres of the fabric, which will minimise the chances of a stain forming. To do so, grab some kitchen roll or a dry cloth and begin to blot up the surface liquid. Then, use a fresh, damp cloth to dab at any marks that have appeared. If you're quick, you can often avoid a stain altogether or at the very least reduce any surface blemishes.
If you don't get to the spill in time, fear not, as there are ways of cleaning the mark off your upholstery. We recommend that you use a quality stain remover, that can tackle common and more difficult stains. For instance, a stain remover which can be used immediately after you've blotted excess liquid to get rid of any blemish. Another, a resistant stain remover, which is used to remove stubborn stains that have proved resilient. There is also Grease and Oil Stain Remover, which can take care of oily food and drink spillages.
Be careful to check the packaging of the stain remover as products purchased in supermarkets may contain chemicals that will damage your fabric. It is always a good idea to do a spot test on any material to check your that any stain remover won't damage it. However, when a stain proves too challenging to remove yourself, we would always advise that you seek the help of a professional cleaner, who will be able to use specialist deep cleaning equipment that won't spoil your fabric.
It is also a good idea to follow the advice of the furniture manufacturer, and you will be able to maintain the new condition of your fabric sofa for many years to come.