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How Can I Protect My Sofa?

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You’ve most likely invested a significant amount of money in your home’s furniture, so looking after it and making sure it doesn’t run to ruin is important.

So what’s the most effective way to keep your upholstery looking fresh and good as new all year round?
Over time, sofas generally become a little worn, but there are a few ways you can help stop them ageing prematurely. Here are our top tips…

1. Plump your cushions
This may sound like an obvious one, but many people don’t realise that cushion pads must be regularly plumped to maintain their shape and comfort. And if they’re left, then you’ll find your sofa will flatten out and look a little slack.

2. Vacuum
In most cases, you won’t be able to tell when your sofa has been gathering dust. So it’s good to dedicate a certain amount of time each month to hoovering your upholstery, particularly if anyone in your house has a dust allergy.

3. Fabric protection spray
Depending on where you bought your sofa from, your fabric upholstery might be sprayed with Guardsman protector before being delivered to your home. Fabric protector has been developed to give maximum protection against stains and doesn’t affect the look, feel or colour of the fabric. ScotchGard is a popular fabric protection spray.

4. Wash loose covers
If your sofa has removable covers, then you’re winning! Loose covers are incredibly easy to wash in your machine – a quickfire way to spruce up your sofa. Read our loose covers care guide here.
You can also invest in new covers, either something simple like protective arm covers or a whole-sofa cover. This would replace your existing cover, fitting over your whole sofa to change up your colour scheme while being easily removed, washed and replaced.

5. Keep fabric cleaner to hand
In case of any accidental spills, keep your fabric cleaning spray in a nearby cupboard or drawer so you can quickly tackle any accidents and prevent any staining.

6. Don’t throw away your furniture tags
Your tags and manufacturer’s label contain valuable information about your new upholstery, like the body and cushion content, style, fabric and provenance of your piece. Keep them somewhere safe in case you ever need to refer back to them.

7. Change your habits!
If you’re naturally a very clumsy person, or have messy family members, then you might want to think about changing some of your habits to avoid stains and spills! Consider banning food and drink from the living room area and, if you’ve got any pets, think about having a dog/cat blanket for your pet to curl up on so they don’t scratch or poke your sofa.

Follow these tips and your sofa should stay pristine for longer.

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