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How To Keep A White Couch Clean

Despite most well-meaning remarks about how difficult it is to keep a white couch clean, you’ve gone ahead and purchased one anyway.

But we can absolutely see the appeal — it’s chic, it’s crisp, and it makes your living room look absolutely gorgeous. 

However, it doesn’t change the fact that maintaining it can prove challenging. In fact, a small part of you might have even died when the sides of your new white couch got slightly scuffed during the move into your living room. 

Here’s what you can do to keep it as pristine as possible and maintain that crisp whiteness you love.

1. Blot, don’t rub.

So you’ve made your first spill on your pristine white couch.

Here’s what to do: Step one, take a couple of deep breaths. Step two, clean the spill. Technique is key here, so you’ll want to blot the stains out instead of rubbing it off.

Rubbing on a stain will only push it deeper into the material and smear it around — the horror! Your best bet is to take your time blotting off the stain gently.

If you’re unsure of what you can use to get the stain off, the quickest solution on hand is to use a dishcloth dampened in dishwashing soap. 

2. Clean spills immediately.

We cannot stress this enough: as soon as you spill something on your white couch, you need to clean it off immediately.

Don’t wait till the next day, because the longer the stain stays on your couch, the harder it will be to remove. 

3. Treat your couch with a fabric protector.

Play your cards extremely cautiously, and you might never ever get a spill stain on your white couch.

The better preventive measure though, is to treat your couch with a fabric protector that renders it stain and spill-resistant, much like the fabric protector you’d use on your expensive suede shoes. 

You can DIY it with the Scotchgard Fabric & Upholstery Protector, which you periodically spray two light coats of and you’ll be good to go.

4. Lint roll daily.

Have pets at home? Then pet hair will definitely be a problem for your white couch. But no matter — by lint rolling your couch daily, you’ll stop hair from taking over the entirety of your sofa. 

All you need is less than five minutes of your time to roll your way through the couch and remove any pet hair. It really is a lot easier to handle that little bit of hair daily than to do an extreme sweep every once in a while.

5. Keep it out of the sun.

All of us love a beautifully-sunlit home, but the harsh reality is that the very same natural light you love is the biggest cause of furniture discolouration. 

You don’t have to turn your living room into a cave, it definitely helps to keep your white couch out of direct sunlight.

Doing so helps keep the white looking pristine and not turn yellow. After all, you did buy a white couch, not a beige one.

6. Use a slipcover for easy cleaning.

Think about all the times you stained your couch (white or not) and thought: “Wow, I wish I could throw my couch into the wash.” 

Well, you can. Sort of.

It is possible with a sofa slipcover. Cleaning your sofa feels 100 times easier with a slipcover that you can simply remove and toss into the wash. 

What more could a white couch lover ask for?

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