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How to Make Your Sofa Last Longer

Unlike other pieces of furniture, we often become very attached to our sofas.

Perhaps it’s the sheer amount we spend on them, or perhaps it’s their size and location, making them the focal point of our living rooms.

Either way, they will look and feel far better if you invest a little time in taking care of it. From creased or faded fabric, sagging cushions and cracked leather, many of the key signs of an aging sofa can be avoided if you implement a good care routine.

So, in this article, the team at John Frederick will be telling you how to do just that.

Avoid direct sunlight

Placing your leather sofa in direct sunlight only serves to dry out its upholstery, causing it to rip and crack over time.

It can also cause problems with fabric upholstery, too; over time the fibres will weaken, causing the dyes to eventually fade.

With this in mind, always avoid putting your sofa in sunlight and, if possible, near heat sources such as radiators, too.


Looking after your sofa - Clean blue sofa


Restore your cushions

If your sofa makes use of foam cushions, then you will find that they will break in over time.

This isn’t a problem and can be aided by rotating them regularly.

As time goes on, however, you find that your cushions begin to sag and simply rotating them won’t do much to help this.

If this is the case, refill them with new foam. You will notice a difference in the look and feel of them almost immediately!


If the sofa’s full, don’t sit on it!

In many households, people get into a bad habit of perching on the armrest of a sofa, or even lean on the back support. This should be avoided completely.

The back and armrests of sofas simply aren’t built to support the weight of a human and will buckle over time if this behaviour persists.

Also, while you don’t want to impose too many rules while you’re trying to relax, sitting too far forward on your sofas bottom cushions can cause creasing.

Try and get into the habit of sitting in the middle.


Green sofa with dog - how to make your sofa last longer


Attack stains immediately

Everyone knows that sinking feeling that you get when you spill something on your sofa, but that doesn’t always move us to act immediately.

Even water can stain sometimes if you just leave it, so make sure you’re ready to act.

The key rule when it comes to cleaning up stains is this: dab – never rub.

When you rub using kitchen roll or a towel of some description you run the risk of cementing the stain’s place in your sofa.

With over 85 years of experience in the industry, you can trust John Frederick when it comes to providing high quality sofa and furniture cleaning, helping you achieve the look that your home deserves.

Whether in our factory or at your home, we utilise our expertise and knowledge to ensure that you receive only the very best service. If you’re based in the Greater London area, why don’t you give one of our friendly team a call to learn more about our services?

John Fredericks is based in Hendon, but offers cleaning services to customers in Bushey, Harpenden, Radlett and the greater London area and beyond.

John Frederick’s are expert carpet, upholstery, curtain & blind cleaners.

They also supply a wide range of curtains & blinds and carpet & flooring options to customers throughout London. Contact us for a free quote!

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