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Planning to clean the sofa? - Get the best Tips & Advice

Planning to clean the sofa? - Get the best Tips & Advice

New sofa? Read these tips on removing and preventing dirt and stains!

Are you having doubts? Should you replace the sofa or use it for a few more years? Perhaps the children will have left home in a few years' time, so then the new sofa will last longer and stay beautiful. But what about the stains that are on it now? Here's some good news for you, because most stains can be removed with our products. Have you just bought a new sofa? What do you do to protect it from dirt and stains? Make use of these practical tips listed below.

Impregnating the sofa

What a gorgeous new sofa! The whole room looks totally different straightaway. But how do you keep it looking so beautiful? Accidents can happen just like that. A stain is made like this; you drink a lovely glass of wine, sit down for a sec and, there you go, you’ve spilt wine on the brand-new fabric sofa. Impregnate the sofa first, then stains and dirt are easy to remove.

Handy sofa protector

You will be able to relax more on the sofa once it is protected properly. If you buy a new sofa, you will soon be faced with the question: do you want it to be given an impregnation treatment? Regrettably, you will instantly end up with an expensive sofa as a consequence. DIY impregnation is an excellent alternative. Choose a good impregnating agent though. It is also important to follow the proper steps. This is not difficult.

Impregnating fabric sofas

Regardless of whether you have a fabric or a leather sofa, our impregnating agent ensures that they are properly protected. With our Outdoor Gear Protector, stains are no longer a problem at all. Your furniture is permanently protected. By using an outdoor protective agent, you say? You clearly weren't expecting that. OK, it’s great for your motorbike clothing and your tent - but for your beautiful new sofa? I assure you that this will work. It protects against dirt and moisture. The fact that outdoor products, such as a dirty tent canvas, are cleaned and protected perfectly well with this product says it all. Of course, it can also cope with the stains on your couch!

DIY treatment

No need to pay for expensive treatment at the furniture shop. You can do the impregnation treatment yourself. Order today via our online shop. Still curious about the real advantages?

  • Your sofa will last longer
  • Your sofa stays beautiful much longer
  • Doing it yourself is much cheaper
  • It’s easy to carry out
  • The sofa can be used again in no time
  • Guaranteed result

Is it really necessary?

Isn't it a bit over the top? Our children have left home. Our grandchildren are tidy. I never really spill anything myself… Are you still hesitant? Well, protecting your sofa is a good idea. No matter how you look at it, your sofa is used intensively. Impregnating it now avoids any regrets later on.

How does it work?

What’s the use of impregnation? Will you no longer end up with any stains then? Impregnation involves applying a protective layer. This protects against stains and dirt. You use a special liquid for this purpose. This prevents dirt from adhering to the fibres of the material in use. This means that dirt cannot get into these fibres. In fact, it just lays on top of them. This makes it easier to remove dirt and stains. Comparing it with a raincoat always helps to explain how this works. Raindrops remain on the rainwear and do not penetrate it.

Cleaning fabric sofas

Can all stains be removed? That would be great! The most common stains can definitely be removed. Unfortunately, not 100% of everything can be removed. Not even after applying a protective layer. However, it is unlikely that you will get one of those specific stains on your sofa. What type of stains can definitely be removed?

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Wine
  • Ice cream
  • Lemonade
  • Chocolate
  • Beer

Problems with fabric sofas

A fabric sofa has many advantages. These sofas are lovely to sit on. They also create a cosy atmosphere. Yet over time, a number of problems often arise. The cushions sag. Pilling starts to occur. The colours are less bright. There are practical solutions to prevent these problems. Or at least postpone them for a while.

  • Give the cushions a good shake every week
  • Change where you sit every once in a while
  • Lint combs help against pilling
  • Vacuum your sofa out every week
  • Do not place a sofa in direct sunlight
  • Use a good impregnating agent once a year

Removing old stains from fabric sofas

So, you plan to hold onto your old sofa for a while longer? Do you want to give it a makeover first? You've opted to impregnate it, but what about the old stains? There are a number of traditional methods and tips for the home:

  • Household vinegar
  • Lukewarm water and soda
  • Milk is good against spilt ink
  • Undiluted shampoo

Hopefully you will be able to remove old dirt in one of these ways. I personally would choose a good quality textile shampoo. Other detergents might remain in the fabric of your sofa. This is not useful when you are planning to impregnate the fabric.

Cleaning leather sofas

Do you want to clean your leather sofa? Usually this is not too difficult. Although it is often really necessary. A leather sofa can stay beautiful for a very long time. Nevertheless, its quality and appearance will deteriorate over time. Consider, for instance, how denim clothing rubs off. Or your pets’ oily skin. Which steps should you take when you clean your leather sofa?

1. What type of leather is your sofa made of?

There are various types of leather. Keep this in mind when cleaning. Coated leather is easy to maintain. Do you have uncoated leather? This is more expensive. Uncoated leather should ideally be impregnated as well. This will considerably extend the service life of the leather. The same applies to bonded leather.

2. Removing dirt and dust

Take the vacuum cleaner and vacuum out all the dust and dirt. Your vacuum cleaner probably has a special attachment. Use this to clean between the cushions as well.

3. Cleaning leather

Has all the dust and dirt been removed? Then clean it using a suitable cleaning product. First test this in a less visible spot. Then you will know for sure whether or not the leather reacts well to the cleaning product.

4. Protecting leather

Your sofa looks as good as new again. Now it is time to take care of it and protect it. The colour of the leather will remain beautiful and the leather will feel supple for some time to come. You also don't have to worry about new stains. These are much easier to remove thanks to the impregnation layer. From now on, cleaning your sofa will take less time and be even better.

Tips for cleaning sofas

Do you feel up to it? Are you going to clean your sofa? And are you opting for an impregnation treatment afterwards? I am sure that you will not regret it. Cleaning the sofa yourself is an excellent option. You can put off the purchase of a new piece of furniture for years this way. Here are a few handy tips for you:

  • Pay careful attention to the material
  • Cleaning a fabric sofa this way is also possible
  • Always start in an inconspicuous place
  • Use a white cloth when cleaning upholstery
  • Biotex can be used with any material
  • Musty odours can be removed with household vinegar
  • Milk is a solution for any ink marks on your sofa
  • Greasy stains can be removed with detergent
  • Red wine stains? Pour white wine over them immediately. Salt can also be used to clean a fabric sofa.

Cleaning fabric chairs

What will it be? - New upholstery or a good clean of your fabric chair? Of course, the same goes for a chair as it does for a sofa. Perhaps you are very attached to the fabric. Is the chair a gift from a loved one? Then cleaning the fabric with a good product is an excellent choice. After that, make sure you provide it with a good protective layer. You can easily order an impregnation product from our shop.

Outdoor Gear Protecto

The costs of cleaning a sofa

Would you prefer to have your sofa cleaned professionally? Does removing stains from the sofa seem a bit too complicated to you? In most cases, this is can be done at the furniture shop where you bought the sofa from. A typical price is about a tenner per seat. The choice is yours, but with a good sofa cleaner you can also do the job yourself. Cleaning chairs is also an option, of course. Refer to the right tips. Opt for an impregnation treatment of your furniture and you are guaranteed to be able to enjoy it again for years to come.

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