- Dec 11, 2017 -
Caring for Kid Friendly Sofas
When choosing a new sofa that is kid friendly, parents should consider the care instructions for the fabric involved. Parents will want to search for a fabric that will provide them with the reassurance that the sofa will not stain, pill, wrinkle, or fade. Each of these kid friendly fabrics comes with its own care instructions that should be followed in order to maintain the integrity of the sofa.
Caring for a Microfiber Sofa
Microfiber is extremely easy to clean. Dry messes, such as crumbs, can be vacuumed up with a handheld unit. Vacuuming dirt or crumbs as they happen will help to keep the sofa looking fresh longer and will prevent them from settling into stains. When dealing with a wet spill, act immediately. Although microfiber is treated to repel most liquids, buyers do not want to give the spill a chance to soak through the fabric and stain the sofa. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to blot away any excess moisture. If the sofa does get soiled, use a soft detergent, such as Dove or Neutrogena, to gently work the stain out. Always start with the smallest amount of soap possible and blot dry. If buyers wish to use only microfiber cleaners, they can. The cleaner should be mixed with water, according to the instructions, and used to wash the sofa with a sponge.
Caring for Wool Sofas
When cleaning wool sofas, it is important to be careful and do it correctly to prevent any shrinkage. Start by vacuuming any loose dirt, hair, or crumbs. Wool upholstery usually comes with a code on the manufacturers tab, which will have either a W, S, SW, or an X. If the label has a W on it, the sofa can only be cleaned with water. If it has an S, the sofa can only be cleaned with a wool solvent. If the tag has an SW, the sofa can be cleaned with either water or a wool solvent. If the tag has an X, the fabric must be dry cleaned. As long as the tag does not contain an X, dampen a cloth with either water or solvent, depending on the tag, and wipe in a circular motion toward the center of the stain. Rinse the cloth and repeat the process. Continue this process until all of the stain is gone. Buyers can apply a wool-safe fabric protector to help repel some fluids and stains, according to the manufacturer label.
Cleaning Leather Sofas
If consumers own a leather sofa that gets a stain on it, they can start by simply applying a moisturizing cleanser, such as Dove, to the spot and working it into a lather on the sofa. Get a clean cloth and dampen it. Use this cloth to wipe away any of the lather created by spot cleaning. Polish the leather with a clean, dry towel and treat with a leather conditioner to keep the leather looking soft and supple.
Cleaning Denim Sofas
Cleaning a denim sofa is easy with the right tools of baking soda, water, and a rag. Start by simply sprinkling baking soda on the spot. Using a clean, wet rag, gently rub the baking soda to create a paste. Use this paste to scrub away the stain. Once the stain is gone, leave the baking soda paste on the sofa to dry. Once dry, vacuum up the dried baking soda.
Cleaning Vinyl Sofas
To preserve the vinyl sofa, stains should be cleaned immediately. Consumers should start by trying good old soap and water. If this fails, hydrogen peroxide, mineral spirits, or synthetic turpentine can be used. These chemicals are usually used to remove ballpoint ink, crayons, paint, cosmetics, shoe polish, and gum. All of these should be left on the surface to treat for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight, depending on the severity of the stain.