How to care for your fabric sofas

Caring for fabric sofas is one thing that has been majorly overcomplicated in the home living sector. We find that people tend to sway away from purchasing a fabric sofa due to the upkeep and cleaning of the fabric. If you are one of these people, please feel free to read our step by step guide to busting stubborn and tough stains.

Light sofas can pick up dirt… 

This can be expected for both leather and fabric sofas. A few ways this can happen to occur would be,

  • Kids and pets on the sofas
  • Harmful Chemicals (sprays and house cleaners)
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • General use

Although that list looks pretty lengthy, the upkeep of fabric sofas is generally easy to follow as long as you periodically maintain your cleaning routine. Below we have provided 5 steps to help you on your journey with your new fabric sofa.

Step 1. Finding out which material has been used to upholster your sofa

The best way to find out which material has been used on your sofa is to check your invoice!

Invoices and receipts often show the fabric used for the upholstery. If this information isn’t provided on the invoice, simply ask your supplier for the name of the fabric and for any recommended methods of cleaning.

There is no shame in calling or messaging your sofa merchant after the completion of your order and the customer service team are there to help. Hopefully, they will be able to provide both the fabric name and advised care routine.

If they don’t have a set care plan, not to worry! Just ask what they would not recommend to do and cross-reference that with the below these steps.

Step 2. Researching the type of material

Most fabrics such as chenille or velvets have common care tips. For coloured velvets, experts say to be very exceptionally careful with what type of product you are using on the material.

Some products create a clumping effect in the fibres and some products create discolouration patches that are obvious to the naked eye.

To avoid issues like this on the sofa, we would say to always check the basic requirements of the material. For example, chenille material can shrink in hot washes.

Sofa experts suggest looking for the upholstery tag before beginning the cleaning process. The upholstery tag should briefly indicate how to care for the sofa best. Chenille fabrics tend to have a W tag. This indicates that water-based cleaners without any artificial dyes are best for this type of fabric. This is subject to change with research and development of fabrics over time. We advise double-checking before beginning the process of application of cleaning solutions etc. The upholstery tag should also contain further details on handling. We have added a visual of an example fabric tag below for your reference below.

Step 3. Asking your sofa supplier

Messaging or calling your sofa supplier should not be as embarrassing as most believe it could be. Working with customer queries is what customer support is for!

Your first point of call would be to check the original listing. Most furniture stores include care instructions on their listings to make them easily accessible for customers. These are usually found with key details or dimensions. If they are not there, it might be worthwhile having a look into their terms and conditions/warranty and support articles.

Should you have completed the above and not found the details and information required, it would be beneficial for you to get in direct contact with the support team/customer services.

By providing the name or item code to the team, they will be able to look into the fabric specifications and let you know any care instructions that you would need to follow. We would also advise checking the level of warranty and aftercare that you would be receiving after the purchase has been completed. Some furniture stores do not take liability for accidental staining so this would be beneficial to look into prior to making your purchases.

Step 4. Product research & Application

Now that you have the name of the fabric, it could never hurt to do a little extra research on the material. A common start would be with google. By googling the name, you should be able to find the standard fabric requirements and other methods of care from other fabric sofa owners.

There are websites online such as fabric fits that keep an online record of types of fabrics, their best uses and how to maintain the fabric properly. We would always suggest crossing reference the methods that you’ve found and double-check them with your furniture supplier if you are unsure.

There are common upholstery cleaners available such as Dr Beckmann. They produce and sell a wide range of fabric cleaners specifically made to tackle tough or lingering stains in fabrics. These products significantly reduce cleaning time by supplying extra pieces such as the brush nozzle head. This removes extra steps such as soapy water dabbing.

Please be aware that some specific materials do not adhere well to these types of cleaning solutions and run the risk of discolouration. To avoid this, we advise that you check your supposed cleaner with your furniture supplier before use.

Another method used to avoid potential mistakes would be spot testing the fabric in a non-visible area. As before, we strongly advise that you check your warranty terms around stains and accidents before using any externally bought products. This would reduce the chances of damaging the fabric by accident.

Step 5. Aftercare

Aftercare is an important step when it comes to maintaining the quality of fabric sofas. When referring to aftercare, we are talking about any methods or techniques used to upkeep the durability and quality of your sofa after the initial delivery.

Most companies recommend vacuuming and flipping the cushions over at least once a week. Being under constant use, sofas can sometimes be a breeding ground for bacteria, especially if there are kids and pets on the sofas too. Maintaining a good hygiene routine for your sofas is just as important as changing your bedsheets. You will see and feel the difference in the area almost immediately.

Other ways that you can maintain your sofa…

–         Hire an upholstery cleaner

–         Hire an upholstery cleaner (person)

–         Hire an external sofa specialist (E.G. Castelan)

Fabric sofas have been overlooked exponentially in the UK.

Hopefully, after reading this, the road to picking the best sofa for you is much clearer. Fabric sofas offer a sense of comfort and warmth that leather options cannot replicate. We believe that it would be such a shame for people to miss out on the overall atmosphere they would like to obtain because of an outdated rumour about the upkeep of the material. We hope that these steps help you in your decision and if you are unsure, just call us.

We are always happy to help.

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