These days we are all feeling the pinch and most of us have been impacted in some way or other by the tough economic climate. Furnishing and maintaining our homes is an expensive outlay so it is important to take good care of furniture and soft furnishings to extend its lifespan. We should also consider the environmental impact of a throwaway culture. Every year, UK households throw away almost 50,000 tonnes of rubbish which has a chronic impact on our planet so we ought to recycle and up cycle our household goods where we can.
The family sofa is typically an expensive item but is also the focal point of a sitting room. The sofa can suffer from everyday wear and tear particularly in a family with small children. Inspired by the recent Olympics, my own children have taken to practicing various gymnastics moves on our sofa despite my threats! The sofa is also an easy target for stains, anything from spilt wine to sticky hands to mud stains from dirty shoes and feet can end up on the sofa. The following are some good tips to maintain sofas in the long run :
Vacuum your sofa regularly to avoid dirt becoming embedded in the fabric
Turning your sofa cushions often helps to maintain the shape
Treat any spills or spots immediately by gently blotting the affected area with a mild cleaning product and follow the manufacturers’ recommendations for your particular sofa
Try to position the sofa to avoid too much direct sunlight which could cause fading of the fabric
Get a professional clean every few years and don’t wait until it’s very dirty to do so as it will be harder to treat.
It’s a good idea to have some house rules to avoid stains in the first place and also to encourage children to treat their home surroundings with care. Try to avoid food and drink near sofas and encourage children to wear house shoes indoors and leave their sporting endeavours for outside!
The average lifespan of modern sofas is 10 to 15 years and after this time the upholstery will be generally be worn. However, if the sofa frame is still in good condition, a clever way to extend the life of your sofa is to replace your old sofa cushions with upholstery foam cushions when your sofa starts to sag. There are lots of options available and many companies such as Cutfoam provide specialist foam cut to size foam cushions which can give a tired sofa a new lease of life and will bring your couch back to its former glory with improved firmness and support. Replacing sofas can be a very expensive investment that may not be budgeted for but by simply replacing worn cushions with new foam alternatives, it would be a fraction of the cost of a new sofa and good for the environment too.