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Tips for Keeping Your Sofa Looking New

by The Experts at Colder's

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At a Gance:

How to Keep Your Sofa Clean

How to Preserve the Condition of Your Sofa

How to Extend the Life of Your Sofa

How Long Should a Couch Last?

Why Trust Us?

Congratulations, you’ve just brought your new sofa home and you’re now reveling in all its comfy glory. However, to keep it looking as good as day one, you’re going to need to put some work in. Don’t worry! To keep your sofa new-like, just follow along with these easy cleaning tips.

We know your sofa is an investment and we want to help you protect this purchase! You use this piece of furniture for movie nights, Sunday afternoon naps, and building forts for your kiddo’s sleepovers. While your couch is used for many activities, it should still last you for several years! Wear and tear is completely normal over time, but we want to help your sofa stay as nice as possible for as long as possible.

Here are some tips for keeping your favorite sofa in tip-top condition!

How to Keep Your Sofa Clea

Keeping your sofa clean is a relatively easy task, but it does require some regular maintenance. Here are a few tips for how to clean a couch.

Vacuum Your Sofa Every Week

Vacuuming your sofa every week is important for a few reasons. First, it will help remove any dirt or dust that may have built up. Second, vacuuming can help get rid of any allergens or pet hair that may be on the sofa. And finally, vacuuming can help prevent the build-up of stains or dirt that can be difficult to remove.

Remove Dust and Debris from Your Sofa 

You regularly vacuum the carpet, but what about sofa cushions? Ridding your couch from this rubbish will improve the look of your sofa and its lifespan.

Spot Clean Spills Immediately

If you spill something on your sofa, it's important to spot clean it immediately. The longer a spill sits, the harder it will be to remove. When spot cleaning, be sure to use a mild soap and water solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals, as these can damage the fabric of your sofa.

Blot Stains, Don't Rub

When blotting stains, be sure to use a clean, dry cloth. Rubbing the stain will only spread it and make it harder to remove. Blotting the stain will help lift it from the fabric.

Apply Stain Remover

We understand stains are a pain. Although these are no fun to take care of, they should be addressed as soon as possible. 

Have Your Sofa Professionally Cleaned Regularly

Having your sofa professionally cleaned every six months to a year is a good way to keep it looking its best. Professional cleaners will be able to remove any dirt or stains that you may have missed. They will also be able to protect your sofa from future stains and damage.

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How to Preserve the Condition of Your Sofa

To make sure your couch last for years to come, there are a few practical steps you can take apart from cleaning.

Avoid Placing Your Sofa in Direct Sunlight

Just like people, too much sun can lead to drying and cracking in leather sofas. Fabric sofas left in the sun will begin to fade throughout time.

Avoid Sitting in the Same Spot Each Time You Sit on the Couch

We’re creatures of habit, but this habit reduces the life of your sofa, so try to change up your seating arrangement every here-and-again!

Rotate your Cushions

This will help the fabric on your cushions wear evenly on all sides, avoiding uneven patches on your sofa.

Create a List of Rules for Your Sofa

You spent money on your sofa and it's absolutely okay to establish some groundrules for this important piece of furniture. Rules like no eating or sitting on the sofa arms. We also recommend not jumping on your sofa (as tempting as it can be!) Using rules like these will help maintain the quality of your sofa

Always Carefully Move Your Sofa

Maybe you’re moving or you’re just in the mood to switch-it-up! When this happens, use caution while moving your sofa to avoid tears in the fabric or scratches in the leather.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Sofa

The upholstery of your sofa plays a major part in determining how long your couch will last. 

Use A Sofa Cover

If you have a new sofa, it's a good idea to use a sofa cover. This will help protect the sofa from any spills or stains. It's also a good idea to use a sofa cover if you have pets. Pets can shed hair and dirt onto the sofa, which can be difficult to remove.

Choose the Right Upholstery for Your Sofa

Many people are interested in how to clean a sofa, and with good reason – a sofa is a big investment, and you want it to last. Fabric sofas come in all different varieties, but some fabrics are more durable than others.

What are the most durable furniture fabrics?

If you’re looking for a new sofa, here are some of the most durable fabrics to consider:

- Leather: Leather is a classic choice for furniture, and it’s also one of the most durable options. It’s easy to clean and maintain, and it will age well over time.

- Microfiber: Microfiber is a synthetic fabric that’s often used as an alternative to leather. It’s durable and easy to clean, making it a good option for families with kids or pets.

- Denim: Denim is a sturdy fabric that can handle a lot of wear and tear. It’s comfortable and easy to care for, and it will give your sofa a casual, relaxed look.

- Linen: Linen is a natural fiber that’s strong and durable. It’s also easy to clean and maintain, making it a good choice for busy families.

When you’re shopping for a new sofa, keep these fabrics in mind – they’ll help you choose a sofa that will look great and last for years to come.

How Long Should a Couch Last?

A couch should last anywhere from 7 to 15 years, but it all depends on how well you take care of it. This can be longer or shorter depending on how well you can take care of your couch. That being said, it will be quite obvious when it is time to replace your couch. Some signs that it might be time to get a new one are if it's starting to look faded or old, if the cushions are sagging, if there are any rips or tears, or if the frame is starting to feel loose.

When It’s Time, Buy a New Sofa

Sometimes your sofa comes to the end of its life and there’s no turning back. When this happens, Colder’s is here for you and offers a wide selection of sofas.

Woman vacuums her sofa

Why Trust Colder’s?

Since 1942, we at Colder's pride ourselves on offering value, selection, and service. Serving Southeastern Wisconsin with four showrooms that stock quality name-brand furniture, appliances, and mattresses, Colder’s is sure to house exactly what you are looking for. And if you can't find it on our floors, chances are, we can order it for you. As a local, family-owned company, we are always doing our best to provide the highest value at the lowest cost to everyone who walks through our doors.

Colder’s is committed not only to continuously offering can’t-miss sales but also to working with each customer, making sure that you take advantage of every possible markdown — that’s our best price guarantee.

Shop New Sofas at Colder’s

Don’t put off happiness — and shop sofas and couches online for unbeatable prices at Colder’s. Our friendly experts are always happy to help you with sofa care, whether you call us at 414-476-1574 or use our online chat feature. Better yet, stop by one our Colder’s locations in West Allis, Oak Creek, Delafield, and Grafton, Wisconsin to touch, see, feel, and experience home products that fulfill your dreams. Visit us today!

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