It can get pretty annoying when you get home one day and you notice that misplaced speck on your sofa. You approach the living area and inspect the anomaly closely and realize – it’s not dust nor dirt.
Will the dog be sleeping outside this time? Or are the kids going to be interrogated and banned from ice-cream for the night?
Thankfully, we don’t have to go through such extremes because besides being your friendly neighbourhood custom sofa slipcover maker, the Comfort Works team also know a thing or two about solving household issues such as soiled fabrics.
Since we’ve had customers asking us about fabric care, we figured why don’t we just compile it and share it anyone on the web who’s interested?
Hopefully your sofa would stay young for many years to come with this post 🙂
1. Removing Stains
When it comes to stain removal, it’s best to test it out on an inconspicuous part of your sofa firstly to see if you’re happy with the results.
Having said that, you’ll find that a few of these common household items can get rid of stains quite easily:
- Baking Soda and Lemon Juice (This can ward off cats from clawing your sofa too)
- Dishwashing Liquid and Damp Cloth
- Baby Wipes (for Microfiber sofas)
- Vinegar and Water (for pee stains)
- Ice(for chewing gum)
- Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol (for Suede fabrics)
The fact is that stains seem small, but they should be cleaned as soon as it happens – any longer and it’ll be almost impossible to remove, and dry cleaning isn’t fun.
2. Removing Pills/Balling fabric
Typically with fabrics that are cross-woven, it is quite common to see pilling/balling. This is essentially caused by the excess fibres being pushed to the surface as they’re being sat on or brushed upon and can be a sight for sore eyes.
However, these pillings can be very easily removed with the use of a shaver (yes, a razor shaver) – preferably the ones they use at barber shops, followed by some light vacuuming. Just be gentle.
Once excess fibers have lifted up, the pilling will stop and the fabric would look good as new.
3. Removing Crease and Wrinkles
This applies mostly towards those with slipcovers as these are more prone to creasing and wrinkling as compared to upholstered sofas.
There are 2 main methods:
- Ironing: Set between warm to medium setting and simply run on the surface but iron it over a piece of fabric or maybe handkerchief instead of directly over the fabrics. While natural fabrics will be able stand direct heat, make sure you DO NOT IRON DIRECTLY on Synthetic and Leather Slipcovers.
- Hand-held Steamer: You can also use a Hair-Dryer and Water Mist Sprayer in lieu of a hand held steamer; simply run them through the wrinkled area adequately and voila, you’ll have a wrinkled free slipcover. If using modern irons with a steam function, use them against the back of the slipcovers.
4. Rotate Your Cushions
Admit it – you’re lazy and so are we, and sometimes we just love that particular seating spot so much that we’re willing to inscribe a butt mold into it (just me?)
Rotating these cushions evens out the wear and though it seems like common sense, few of us actually do it because we get so caught up with life in general that we don’t notice it.
If you’re reading the post now and realize you haven’t done this in a while, do it now – it’ll only take a minute or two.
If your seat cushions are “1-sided” and can’t be rotated, even simply batting it once in a while is good. The main idea is that you don’t want the filling inside to get compressed because once that happens, you might have to consider getting new cushion inserts.
5. Preventing Sunlight Damage
If your sofa isn’t made with outdoor fabric, then it’s probably best not to leave the couch in the sunroom.
Fabrics are like human beings, we’re all made of atoms and when we get too much sunlight a day – we eventually can get skin cancer. For fabrics, you’ll notice discolouration where the light touches, especially in the long term so it’s always best to keep your sofas out of sight from sunlight.
6. Removing Pet Fur
This can prove to be quite tricky as the vacuum cleaner doesn’t quite do the trick.
One recommendation would be to use cellophane tape to have the furs stick to it – it’ll take a while so be prepared to use quite a bit of tape.
Another method (that’s more practical) to remove pet fur is to use a rubber glove and rub all the hair to a single location, and you can easily just pick up the hair and bin it.
7. Get Custom Slipcovers
Hey, if all else fails – and you need the excuse to change to a new set of custom sofa slipcover (if you don’t already have one), you know where to find us 😉
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