Ways to make your sofa last longer

Looking for ways to make your sofa last longer? You’ve come to the right place. 

Over the years, we’ve collected a range of tips and tricks to make your sofa last longer and help you get the most out of your favourite furniture piece.

Vacuum your sofa

First of all, it is important to vacuum your sofa regularly to remove the build-up of dirt and dust.

Make sure that you vacuum the hard to reach places, including the cracks and delves of the sofa. 

Removing the cushions and vacuuming these areas will allow you to assess the sofa’s structure and ensure that it’s in good condition. You will also be able to spot any issues, such as general wear and tear holes and fix them before they become a bigger problem.

Man vacuuming sofa

Inspect it regularly

You should also take the time to inspect your sofa regularly. We recommend giving your sofa a once over every few weeks, such as when vacuuming. Make sure that you lift up the sofa cushions and give them a pat-down.

One trick that we find works well and can be a fun activity for the children to get involved with is karate-chopping the cushions, giving the sofa a fresh and plump look. 

Use a lint roller

Another way to keep your sofa looking its best is to use a lint roller. This is especially important if you have pets that like to lounge on the sofa. 

The lint roller will pick up any pet hair that has been left behind, as well as any other small pieces of dirt or debris. If you don’t keep on top of this, a build-up of hair can occur and become matted into the sofa’s fabric or cause discolouration. 

If your furry friend does like to relax on the sofa, make sure that you read our pet friendly sofa care guide which gives you all of the tips and tricks on how to tackle stains, smells and claw marks. 

Pet hairs on sofa

Invest in a slipcover

One of the best ways to protect your sofa is to invest in a slipcover. Slipcovers can be easily removed and washed, which means they’re always clean and fresh. 

You can also change slipcovers frequently, so if you want to transform the look of your room, you can do so easily with new slipcover designs. Most sofa slipcovers are created with stain-repellent fabric, to add an extra layer of protection against spills and stains. 

This will help when it comes to extending the life of your sofa as its fabric will be protected from the general activity of everyday lounging. 

Invest in a sofa protector

Alternatively, if you want to be extra careful with your sofa, you can invest in a sofa protector. Sofa protectors come in many forms, but the most common is a cleaning solution that can be applied across the whole furniture piece. 

They can effectively protect various materials, including fabric and leather sofas, from dust, water and other potentially harmful substances. 

Always make sure that your cleaning product and protective sprays are compatible with the fabric choice of your sofa to ensure that you don’t damage the surface material. 

Be careful with food and drinks on the sofa

We all like to chill out and relax on the sofa with the occasional treat, but eating on the sofa can be one of the most damaging things you can do to your sofa’s longevity.

Make sure that you are careful when eating and drinking on your sofa. Spills can easily stain the fabric and cause permanent damage. 

If you do spill something, make sure to clean it up immediately. Ensure that you check out the full range of cleaning guides available within our hub, including how to clean your sofa naturally

Couple eating on sofa

Use coasters for drinks

There’s nothing better than getting cosy on the sofa with a cup of tea, but if you are clumsy and prone to spilling – this can be dangerous. 

If you are going to have drinks on your sofa, make sure to use coasters. This will help prevent water rings from forming on the sofa’s surface or on the arm.. Coasters will also protect the fabric from being stained by spills. 

Clean any stains

It is also a good idea to spot clean your sofa when necessary. If you have any spills, be sure to blot them immediately and follow up with a cleaner appropriate for your sofa’s fabric.

Make sure you are prepared to tackle any stain with our how to get stains out of your sofa guide. This guide gives you the remedies for common stains and spills, such as red wine stains, chocolate stains and those dreaded biro pen stains that appear when your children decide they want to be creative. 

Be careful when moving

If you want to give your room a reshuffle and decide to rearrange the furniture layout, it is important to move the furniture piece with care.

When moving your sofa, be sure to lift it from the base rather than dragging it across the floor. 

The feet of your sofa can often scrape or damage the flooring. Make sure that you lift the furniture piece safely and with assistance from another person to avoid any damage to your floors or furniture.

Man moving a sofa

Find the Chesterfield sofa of your dreams at Oswald & Pablo 

Browse the range of Chesterfield sofas available at Oswald & Pablo today and find your new favourite furniture piece. Our sofas come with a 10-year frame guarantee and a 3-year manufacturing guarantee. Available in styles to suit your space, you are sure to find your dream furniture piece within our bespoke or signature collections.


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