The Best Ways to Maintain Different Types of Sofas

Not all sofas are made the same. Some are made from suede, some from leather, and some from other types of microfibre. Different materials call for different types of care – what works for leather may not work for cotton.

In this post, we share with you the best methods to clean, maintain, and increase the life spans of different types of sofas:

Only wipe suede cushions with a suede brush or suede polishing cloth

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A suede couch looks suave until it’s dirty, and then you’ll need to resort to diligent methods to clean it. Only suede-cleaning instruments should be used when cleaning your suede sofas. They work better than a normal polishing cloth. On the other hand, cleaning instruments that are not specifically made for suede can damage your the fabric and your sofa.

Stains on leather sofas must be removed immediately

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Leather is sturdy, but never take this fabric for granted. If left to set, stains can cause discolouration on leather sofas. Use a dry, soft cloth to blot the area first. You may try to use a wet cloth if the stain remains, unless it is a grease stain. Attempting to remove a grease stain using a wet cloth may damage the leather. In this case, it’s better to call a professional to help remove it.

Use only moderate amount of water-based cleaning products for cotton covers

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If your sofa cover is made from cotton or wool, it may be a good idea to use only a moderate amount of water-based cleaning products on it. Cotton is a natural fibre, which is known to retain water. Wet cleaning may cause the fabric to shrink or create water rings on it. You may opt for steam cleaning as an alternative.

Be gentle with the suede

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Rub the stained area of a suede couch gently with a suede polishing cloth. Massage the fabric gently in a criss-cross motion using a suede-specific solvent. Do not rub the stained area in a circular motion harshly as that will spoil the fabric. Remember to also check with your sofa’s manufacturer on the suitable type of solvent before using your detergents on it.

Olive oil is good for your leather sofa

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Aside from regular cleaning, leather sofas require regular conditioning as well. Well-conditioned leather sofas have a ‘new furniture’ look, which can be achieved with proper leather conditioners, and even a bit of olive oil.

Mix a little olive oil and vinegar together, then use clean tissue paper to rub the mixture on your leather couch. Twenty minutes later, your sofa will look as good as new!

Flip the cushions

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Your cushions need to be flipped at least once every two weeks to maintain their shape. Otherwise, you’ll end up ‘sinking’ into the sofa in a few months.

Do you clean your sofas every week? Because you should. Dust and crumbs can gather very quickly within the crevices and attract unnecessary pests. Maintaining your couches is a must, but it can be tricky. While you take care of the simpler things, our professionals at Kaodim are ready to help with the more complicated ones. Now with Kaodim Direct, you can get a fixed price package for upholstery cleaning whenever you want. Just select your sofa type here and we’ll get your couch cleaners on the way.


written by Esther Chung