Are You Sitting Comfortably: Caring for your Sofa


So you’ve chosen your sofa, it’s fitted through the door (or window) and it’s looking right at home in your living room. Daily life exposes sofas to much endurance, food crumbs and drink spillages but there are a few tips and tricks you can follow to ensure your sofa remains looking brand new and oh so desirable.


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Decorative cushions may not remain in their curated place after the kids have performed gymnastics on the sofa. With sticky fingers and biscuit crumbs likely, investing in an easy-to-clean sofa with versatile and hardwearing fabric is a must for parents. That’s why our family-friendly collection is ideal for all the family. It doesn’t compromise on style and combines comfortable, multi-purpose fabrics with hypoallergenic qualities for simple, easy care upholstery. All of the fabrics in this range are completely durable, but soft to touch and stunning in appearance.


Although our furry friends are integral to the family, they can slightly upset the style and appearance of a sofa with their fur, claws and mucky paws. A heavy-duty, highly durable fabric is important in this instance where fur can be easily brushed off and the dirt quickly wiped clean. Our Staingard finishing method is also vital and can be applied to all sofas in order to prevent long-term damage from everyday general wear and tear.

How to care for your leather sofa

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It is important to protect your leather sofa if you would like it to stand the test of time. We’ve put together a couple of suggestions in order to make sure your leather sofa looks brand new all day, every day.
It’s vital to wipe up spillages as they occur using a clean, absorbent cloth to do so. With a dry-cloth, dust the sofa regularly and ensure you use a vacuum cleaner to prevent a build up of dirt. Position the sofa away from direct sunlight since the leather can fade when exposed to too much sun. For minor scratches, use a soft cloth or clean fingers to gently buff away the mark. Refrain from using cleaning solvents, furniture polish, oils, varnish, abrasive cleaners, detergent soaps or ammonia water to clean the leather. If the strain persists, we recommend using a professional cleaning specialist to prevent long-term damage and we also suggest you use a good leather conditioner every 6-12 months.


Upholstery fabric cannot be cleaned in the washing machine. However, by vacuuming or brushing your furniture quite frequently, it minimises the chance of dust particles settling into your sofa and affecting the durability and colour of your sofa fabric. In order to keep your sofa in the very best condition, we recommend an in situ professional upholstery clean every 18 months. With emergencies, such as drink or food stains, a local specialist cleaning company should be contacted for advice as how to proceed.

Creasing and Shading

Velvet and chenille fabrics naturally flatten and can fade over time. Such effects won’t cause too much harm to the wear of the fabric and can be reduced by brushing against the pile. There is a chance that our linen fabrics may crease. This is a natural outcome as a result of the fabric’s composition and won’t cause any long-term damage to the fabric or sofa though.


Velvet is very beautiful but very delicate. The fabric is not particularly family or pet-friendly since getting it wet can permanently damage the appearance of the sofa and stains are also difficult to remove. This is worth bearing in mind if families have young children or pets and we would advise to take extra care if velvet is your choice of fabric for your sofa.

General tips

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Avoid sitting on the edge of your seat as it can weaken the front edge of the spring unit of your sofa.
The arms of your sofa are not designed to carry an adult’s body weight so avoid sitting on them – just use them to rest your arms, legs and heads.
Be careful of your clothing. Belt buckles, studs and jewellery can all cause wear and tear to the fabric of your sofa.
Avoid putting your sofa too close to an open fire or radiator as too much heat can damage the fabric of your sofa.
It’s also important to life the sofa instead of rolling along the floor as this protect your flooring and carpets as well as prolonging the life of your castors.