How To | April 20, 2019
5 Tips to Keep Your White Sofa Clean
Written by CityGirlGoneMom
“Deserving nice things” can look like adding avocado to your lunch order and other times, it looks like giving into buying the white sofa that’s been all over that dream-living-room Pinterest board. Surprisingly, this clean-aesthetic piece is as practical as it is pleasing. Working with Arhaus will make you confident that you don’t have to wait until your golden years to enjoy the things you love now. A slipcovered white sofa can be enjoyed without worrying about dirt, dog hair or stains with these five tips:
Find The Right Fit
When you’re ready to make the purchase, do your research to make sure you buy a durable sofa! If there is any room in the house that represents a lifestyle, it’s the living room. Whether your lifestyle includes having people over for “Bachelor” Monday’s, eating dinner on the sofa, playing with cats, dogs or kids, you should find a sofa that fits your lifestyle. Taking the time to look into frames, fabrics and cushions may seem tedious, but remember, this is an investment! Opt for that “sink-into” feeling for hours of relaxation.
Add a Slipcover
These aren’t your grandma’s plastic slipcovers. Add years to your sofa with a protective layering. You don’t have to buy one that takes away from the beauty and construction of the sofa. And why would you? You just invested time and money into it. There are options with texture, ties or even some that are a smooth, clean slate of white. Don’t forget the importance of fabric. For easy-to-clean ones, look first for microfiber, then cotton and linen. For example, the Tahoe collection is equipped with tailored slipcovers for an easy-to-maintain, casual style. Opt for two colors so you can easily swap out when needed.
“Sofa” comes from the Arabic word “suffah,” which describes a wooden bench that’s covered in cushions and blankets—an elevated type of couch.
Treat it Right
Don’t wait for the first stain to happen. Get ahead of the mess and treat the sofa with a fabric protector to help repel any spills or dirt. It will make cleaning easier for when your children spill juice or when your dogs drag dirt in from outside. Or you can buy a sofa that offers stain resistant fabric like the ones at Arhaus.
Blot and Spot
Always have cleaning supplies on hand! There are a few products that will be your holy grail depending on the type of material you purchased. Pro tip: not all fabric is the same. Before cleaning, search for the manufacturer’s tag which determines how to best treat the fabric you have. You’ll find several letters: “W” means a water-based solution, “S” being a solvent-based cleaner, “S-W” is either a solvent or water-based cleaner and “X” means vacuum only!
Sofas have been around for thousands of years, and originally resembled chaise lounges, reserved exclusively for royalty or the exceptionally wealthy.
No matter if you’re using a homemade solution with vinegar, stain removal products or a rag damped in dish soap, blot and spot! Don’t try to rub the stain out because it will only push it deeper into the material and smear it around! Second pro tip: if you have slipcovers, wash them once a week alone! Don’t wash it in a load of whites because the fabric of a white towel can damage the material of the slipcover. Try not to use bleach since bleach can play a role in turning whites to yellows over time! Last pro tip: if you have pets, lint roll the sofa once a week to get the hair off before it takes over the whole sofa.
Rules Make The Difference
Rules aren’t fun, but they are when they help keep your white sofa clean! Come up with a few simple rules to help avoid messes. A few like a no-shoes rule, keeping drinks on the side table or no eating in the living room will do!
Danielle Lucia Schaffer—City Girl Gone Mom
Danielle seeks to entertain, educate and inspire those who could use a good laugh, a few parenting tips and some positive MOMentum. With four children ranging from toddler to tweens, Danielle Lucia Schaffer is a boisterous, blonde Italian ‘mombshell’ hailing from New York City, and tells it like it is. Proud wife to her opposite, a Navy vet and uber-chill dentist from the South, this city girl turned San Diego mom captures the juggle and struggle of mommyhood through the lens of her Canon 5D. With a passion for broadcasting and a knack for home design, she recently flipped her home office into a podcast studio where she and co-host Nikki Katz dish out all the parenting dirt during brand new episodes of The Mom Confidential.