One of the best places to stay in a house is the living room. Depending on the style, a living room could have a great TV, an entertainment system, books, artwork, etc. With those things in the living room, you’d definitely want to stay longer. However, you can’t enjoy all those without a big, yet mostly overlooked item in your living room: the couch.
The couch is one of the most loved places in the home. It’s soft, it’s warm, it’s welcoming. However, as with everything, your couch and other chairs for that matter, can get a bit old due to wear and tear. If you’re not careful enough, your couches can get damaged and may get past the point of repair.
To enjoy your couches and other pieces of furniture, make sure you take care of its upholstery. If you don’t know where to start, here are some tips to help you out:
Getting Professional Help
Don’t have enough time to clean around the house? You could get help from your local cleaning service. These guys know their stuff and have the best tools to get the job done. From steam cleaning to specialized, non-toxic, non-staining cleaning solutions, you can just sit back and wait for them to finish their job.
Don’t Leave Spills to Dry
Enjoying a drink or two while watching TV on your couch isn’t a bad idea but eventually, you might spill some of your drinks. When the liquid gets on to the fabric of your couch, it can produce a stain or a stench if you leave it to dry. This is the reason why you should never let spills dry.
To clean a spill, use a washcloth and dab at the spot. Take note, “dab” not wipe or rub. Other than dabbing, both can potentially spread the stain. Also, it would help you avoid using strong cleaning agents on your fabric. Wine and other liquids may produce a strong reaction with the chemicals and can damage your upholstery even more.
Your Vacuum Cleaner Is Your Best Friend
Simple as it sounds, vacuum cleaning your couch comes a long way. For one, it gets rid of the dirt and grime that’s stuck underneath the fabric. If you’re noticing a lot of bites when staying on your couch, then it could be because of mites or ants underneath. By vacuuming the organic debris, dead skin, and food crumbs underneath, you’re effectively taking away their food source.
If you’ve also been sneezing lately, then your surroundings might be dusty. The couch is one of the places that can accumulate a ridiculous amount of dust. Vacuuming can remove dust and other harmful particles(that cause allergic reactions for some people) in your couch.
Fluff Them Up!
You should fluff and rotate your couch and cushions twice or thrice every month. By doing so, you’re preventing them from being misshapen or lopsided. Aside from keeping shape, you’ll also make them look brand new.
Away From the Sun
One way to make your living room look great is by properly placing furniture in it. Aside from aesthetics, you should also place your furniture away from the sun if possible. The sun can be very damaging to the color of the fabrics on your furniture.
Most furniture or upholstery that’s been exposed to the sun can look very old in such a short time. If you’re unable to keep sunlight away, make sure to cover your furniture at the hottest times of the day(usually between 10am-3pm).
Your couches and cushions are must-haves in your living room. As one of the things you’ll sit and relax on, it’s only important to get them cleaned and well-maintained. The tips above will surely help you maintain your upholstery for a cleaner and better-looking furniture.