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How To | Take Care of a White Fabric Sofa

White Fabric Sofa Instructions

A white sofa can impart a sense of serenity and sophistication to your living space, and even though numerous homeowners simply adore their beloved pristine furniture, there are just as many people who question whether white sofas are also practical besides being beautiful. If you too are amongst the skeptics, bear in mind that taking care of a white fabric sofa is not as much of a nuisance as you might think. In fact, they can take quite a beating and still look gorgeous.

If the idea of cleaning stubborn stains turns into a panic thought whenever kids, guests or pets are within close proximity to delicate furniture, you can always grab a blanket to throw over the seat for yours and others’ peace of mind. And be aware of hidden dangers, meaning, even if a potential user is known to be the most attentive and diligent person you know, colourful clothing CAN stain a white sofa, particularly new, dark blue jeans. If you’re spotting any, make sure you have a quilt in handy to avoid a potentially messy situation.

Before attempting any cleaning, test your ‘weapon’of choice on a concealed surface of your white sofa to make sure the aftermath is not uneven tones. For same reason, avoid using bleach or use it only with white slipcovered sofas. The latter can also be bleached naturally by letting them dry in natural sunlight.

Always dab stains during cleaning, and never scrub because a rough treatment like that will only spread the dirt more or help it set. And for the love of white, do tend to the stain as soon as they occur to make cleaning a breeze and not a hazard.

How to look after your white sofa

  1. Vacuum prior to cleaning as it will lift the dirt that can turn into a stain as soon as you add moisture into the picture. In fact, vacuuming might be the first and only stage of the cleaning process if we’re talking dust and dry dirt. For pet hair, lint residue and other fluff, use a lint roller.
  2. Deep cleaning with baking soda is most trusted ingredient when cleaning a white fabric sofa is baking soda. You can mix it with water to form a paste and let it sit for several minutes, then dab it off or use a vacuum to remove it. If stubborn or stretchier marks are your main reason of concern, you can use baking soda along with other ingredients like cornstarch and cornmeal to create a homemade dry cleaner to break up the stain and perfectly remove all traces. Mix two cups of baking soda with half cup of cornstarch andhalf cup of cornmeal and let your homemade sofa cleaner sit for at least two hours before vacuuming it off.
  3. Upholstery cleaning product, but don’t put your faith in it unless its label specifically states it is white-friendly and safe to use on the type of fabric your sofa is made of.

Just remember, it is very important to ask for advice from your supplier as they will know the specifics and which products might be better for a certain range.