Finding the perfect sofa is life-changing. A sofa that is the perfect fit for your home and family will hold memories -good and bad- for years and years. From movie nights, nail-biting football games, living room forts, and don’t forget all the nights with dinner in front of the TV because you can’t be bothered to set the table. All hosted from the seat of your sofa; it’s inevitable that as the years go on, your sofa is going to age with you.

Typically, a quality fabric sofa lasts between 7-15 years, depending on how many muddy pawprints and slobbery fingers you have wandering around the house. However busy your household is, we’ve got a couple of tips to make sure your fabric sofa sticks around for as long as it can.

Here are our top 6 tips for keeping a fabric sofa clean.

1 Vacuuming

Vacuuming your sofa often gets overlooked. We vacuum carpets and floors to keep them tidy and the same principle applies to the fabric sofas.

It’s the exact reason so many vacuums have additional add-ons such as brush and crevice tools to remove debris for the sides of sofas. It’s essential to use these tools rather than the primary head as these can scratch and rub the fabric leading to tears, wears and other damage.

2 Cushioning

Blankets and cushions aren’t just for comfort; they are also great for protecting sofas. There are a few options for going about this, depending on your interior’s style and design. Try using contrasting blankets and cushions on your sofa can create a feature piece whilst protecting your sofa.

Alternatively, choosing similarly coloured blankets to your couch can allow you to tuck them in to protect the sofa’s cushions.

3 SlipCovers

A washable slipcover is excellent as it helps to keep your sofa clean and protected yet can be easily put on/removed for cleaning. These typically come in two separate forms, one made out of flexible fabric pieces that encase the base of the couch and cushions or one made out of thick material that can be placed over the seat and stays in place.

The former tends to be a lasting solution, whereas the latter is great for temporary usage for babysitting or kids-parties.

As slipcovers are removable, it’s easy to take them off when you have guests around. 

4 Positioning in the room

With fabric sofas, it is important to remember that they can often be very easily scuffed or damaged; therefore, positioning your sofa in the right place is crucial for keeping it clean and intact.

This includes keeping it away from doorways, which may scruff the sides and not placing furniture such as baskets or side tables too close that may also scruff when moved.

You should also remember that the sunlight can make sofa colouring fade in patches. It is important to invest in good blinds or curtains if the light can be too harsh in your location and save yourself having to reupholster your fabric sofa.

5 No Eating

One of the main causes of dirt and mess on your sofa is often caused by food, especially if it’s messy and greasy, and it’s these stains that tend to be the hardest to get rid of. Therefore, try to avoid this by eating at a dining room table, breakfast bar or coffee table, or put on your slipcover before you sit down to eat.

6 Get to stains quickly

Sometimes stains are inevitable, your sofa is most likely going to endure a few in its lifetime. The best tip we can give you is to get to stains as quickly as possible to remove and treat the sofa from permanent stains.

7 Ways to clean fabric sofa stains?

This is a loaded question because the way you should clean, and what you should use to clean a stain on a fabric sofa depends entirely on what type of fabric your sofa is made out of.

We suggest that you look at the tag of your sofa before deciding what to use to clean your sofa. Before you go at any stain with any liquid, make sure you have vacuumed the couch so that you are not rubbing in any extra dirt or debris.

If you’re still unsure of what your fabric your sofa is, the safest option is taking a teaspoon of washing-up liquid, white vinegar, baking soda and warm water and mix together into a lather (the mixture should froth up as the baking soda and vinegar react with one another). Then, apply directly to any stains or smudges that you can spot on your fabric sofa. Leave to dry out for around 10 minutes.


Keeping a sofa clean not gives it a longer life but can also improve you mood. Studies show a clean home can lead to a positive outlook, and it’s also important for you to enjoy your space to relax at the end of a long hard day.

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