1. Use a couch protector
A sofa protector is a special cover that you can put over your sofa to protect it from stains, dirt and wear. This is a good option if you have pets or children, or if you often receive guests. This way you keep your sofa in top condition without having to worry about stains or scratches.
2. Use a plush pillow or blanket
Plush pillows and blankets are a great way to protect your sofa from scratches and wear and tear. You can put this on your sofa when you are not sitting on it, or when you receive guests. This protects the material of your sofa from wear and tear and also keeps it clean.
3. Avoid eating on the couch
Eating on the sofa can lead to stains and odors that are difficult to remove. This is especially important if you have children or if you often receive guests. Try to eat on a dining table or in the kitchen as much as possible to keep your couch clean.
4. Move furniture occasionally
One of the biggest causes of wear and tear on sofas is the fact that people always sit in the same place. By moving your furniture from time to time, you distribute the pressure on the furniture and extend its life. It is also a good idea to turn the cushions and backrest occasionally so that they wear evenly.
5. Regular inspection
Regularly inspect your sofa for signs of wear or damage. Look for tears, discolorations, loose seams, etc. If you notice anything, take immediate action. Such as repairing a tear or fastening loose seams. This can help prevent bigger problems in the future.
6. Clean regularly
Regular cleaning is necessary to keep your sofa in top condition. Use a mild, pH neutral cleaner and follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning your specific type of sofa. Avoid using abrasive or aggressive cleaning agents as they may damage the fabric or leather.
7. Use a fan or air conditioner
A fan or air conditioner can help remove moisture and odors from your sofa. This is especially important in warm, moist environments where mold and mildew grow. Reducing the humidity in your home can also help reduce dust mites and other allergens.
8. Avoid direct sunlight
Direct sunlight can fade the color of your sofa and damage the fabric. Therefore, do not place your sofa in direct sunlight or make sure it is darkened. This can be done with curtains or blinds, or with a special sunshade for your sofa.
9. Use a professional cleaner
If your couch is really dirty or you’re not sure how to clean it, consider having it professionally cleaned. Professionals have the right equipment and knowledge to thoroughly clean your sofa without damaging it. This is especially advisable if you have leather or a delicate fabric.
This can also be useful if you have bought a second-hand sofa. So if you are unsure whether to buy a second-hand or a new sofa, this Cartesium guide to buying a sofa may come in handy – it also covers buying a sofa online.
10. Avoid overuse
Try to avoid overusing your couch. This means that you do not use it as a bed, and that you do not place heavy or sharp objects on the sofa. Avoiding overuse can help extend the life of your sofa and reduce the chance of wear and tear.
11. Using a clothes steamer
If you have a fabric sofa set, use a clothes steamer to remove dust and crumbs. This is an efficient way to freshen up your sofa between regular cleanings. However, be careful when using a garment steamer, as too much heat or pressure can damage the fabric of your sofa.
12. Using a cooled pillow
If you perspire frequently or experience overheating while sitting, consider using a cooled cushion. This can help you feel more comfortable when sitting and can also help reduce odors.
The seating comfort of a sofa is an important aspect.
Hopefully these tips will help you keep your new sofa in good condition. If you have bought a used sofa, for example via Marktplaats, these tips may help you to get your sofa as good as new again.