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Simple Solutions for Stain Proofing Your Couch

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Nice furniture can be costly, and when you find a piece you love it is not easily replaced. An unsightly stain on your couch can make a poor first impression on guests and lower the appeal of the entire room. Being that the sofa is often the gathering place for the family, it is a very likely location for spills and other accidents to occur. Add children and pets to the household equation, and the chances of a couch stain increase even further. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep your upholstery spot free.

Buy Smart

First, when you are buying your furniture you’ll want to buy something that is strain resistant and that will hold up well over time. If you do not yet have a couch, consider leather or vinyl, which wipe clean. Other good choices include ultrasuede, twill, denim, velvet, wool, felt and other natural fabrics with a touch of synthetic fiber woven in. A tightly woven microfiber is a popular choice, and most sales associates will understand what you are looking for when you use that term. You can request a stain resistant coating to be professionally applied when ordering your new furniture. If you’re choosing fabric upholstery for your couch, see that it comes with cushions that are in removable covers. This is a wise decision so that you can throw the covers in the washing machine in case of a stain emergency.

Guarding Your Existing Couch Against Stains

If you already have a couch, you still have options. The first is to stain guard the couch. There are many stain guard products out there made specifically for upholstery that you can spray on to create a protective coating that repels stains and liquids. You can also opt to have this professionally done to your existing couch.

You will want to vacuum your couch regularly. This will prevent stains from forming as a result of dust and dirt buildup. You will also want to wipe the couch down with a wet cloth at least once every six months. Many people also use a lint roller regularly on upholstered furniture to keep it looking fresh and preventing a build-up that can result in spots and discoloration.

Change Household Habits

Consider banning food from being eaten while on the couch. Beverages should also be forbidden from this space because even water can create a stain. Think about having food and beverages kept on a nearby table in the family room, or even in the kitchen. Keeping food off the couch is not only good for your couch, it is also healthier for your family. Studies have shown that eating in front of the TV is linked with various health issues. If you must have snacks during family movie night, creating a picnic on the floor is a fun alternative.

Cover That Couch!

As a further precaution, you may want to invest in a slip cover. A slip cover will fit over your entire couch and should anything happen, such as a spill or a nose bleed, it will be the slipcover that will be stained and not your furniture! Then, you can remove the slip cover, treat the stain and throw the entire thing into the washing machine.

If you don’t have a slip cover, you can use a sheet to cover the seat cushions and a throw to cover the back cushions. While not the most attractive option, it will still protect your upholstery somewhat from stains.

Cleaning Up Potential Stains

Should you still get a stain despite all your preparation, attend to it as quickly as possible. First, try to blot up the excess liquid. After blotting, use plain water and a rag to clean the spot. This may be all you need to remove the stain, especially if you have treated the fabric with a stain guard. If this does not work, you have several other things you can try. Whatever product you use, always test it first on an area that is not usually seen, like the underside of a cushion or the back of the couch. For vinyl or leather, you can use soapy water followed by rubbing alcohol on most stains. Always follow this up with a leather conditioner on leather furniture. For fabrics, you can try rubbing alcohol, vinegar, oxygenated cleansers and stain removers made specifically for upholstery.

Taking the extra time and expense to implement these tips can potentially save you thousands of dollars down the road. It will also keep your furniture looking wonderful so you can enjoy your living space for years to come. Best of all, you can appreciate the time with your family without having to worry about spills and stains.

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