Sitting pretty: Three tips for keeping your family’s lounge suite looking great for longer

Children are messy little creatures at the best of times, and the carefree joy of childhood should be encouraged at every opportunity. Unfortunately, the family furniture can bear the brunt of the mess in the process. If your couch is looking a little worse for wear, or you have a new one that you'd like to look after, check out these three tips for keeping your family's lounge suite looking great for longer.

Protect against the unknown

Turn your back for one moment and your young child could be smearing yoghurt along your recliner, or making art with coloured markers on your couch. The first step in keeping your lounge suite looking good in spite of regular family wear is protection. A water resistant, fitted cover for your couch is the best way to preserve your lounge suite's fabric, and is a particularly good option when you have very messy children or pets. Alternatively, you may want to consider applying a durable stain and water repellent- sprays can be purchased at hardware stores, but for the best protection an upholstery care specialist can apply industrial quality repellents for long-term efficacy. As a preventative measure, reduce the contact pets have with your lounge suite to avoid pet dander, hair and smells getting into the fabric. This can be done by providing an alternative spot to rest, training, or even with a chemical deterrent to keep cats and dogs off your upholstery.

Don't neglect daily care

Looking after your lounge suite on a daily basis is the best way to keep it looking fresh long term. Regularly vacuuming the upholstery thoroughly will reduce the dust, hair and miscellaneous litter left behind during your family's daily activities. As spills and stains occur, take the opportunity to clean them up immediately, according to the fabric instructions. Steam is a highly effective and healthy way of cleaning upholstery that can tolerate contact with water. Always test an inconspicuous piece of fabric on your lounge suite before a deep clean with a new chemical or cleaning solution. While water, dish washing liquid, vinegar or even vodka are highly effective upholstery cleaning solutions, depending on the type of fabric and how well stocked your liquor cabinet is.

Regular professional spruce-up

With the demands of modern family life, keeping up with maintaining your lounge suite fabric can easily fall by the wayside. If your lounge suite is in need of a spruce-up and you simply don't have the time or energy, don't hesitate to call in the professionals. A regular deep professional clean on your family lounge suite will help keep your home healthy, allergen-free and comfortable, while ensuring that you won't need to replace your living room furniture prematurely.

For more information and advice on how to keep your family's lounge suite clean and healthy for years to come, chat with your local professional upholstery cleaning specialists today.