9 Habits or Ways of Yours That Could Be Ruining Your Sofa

If you're like me, your sofa is the most functional and comfortable piece of furniture in your house. It's also probably one of the oldest items in there. If you have a good sofa, it will last for decades if you take care of it properly.

However, all too often we neglect our sofas until they start to look old or don't function as well as they should, or worse yet, we send them off to be repaired only to find out that we've ruined them beyond repair. I want to help you keep your sofa in great shape so that it will last longer than just the next decade or so:

1. Not vacuuming

Vacuuming is the best way to keep your sofa clean. It removes dust and dirt, which can be harmful to your health if left on the fabric for long periods of time. Vacuum cleaners also help with allergy relief because they remove allergens from the air that you breathe in while sitting on your sofa.

Vacuuming also helps keep the fabric looking new by removing dirt build-up over time, preventing stains and premature wear of fabrics such as leather or suede (which are more prone to scuffing).

2. Not using sofa covers

If you're not using a sofa cover, then there's a good chance that your sofa is being ruined. The most obvious reason to use a cover is to protect the fabric from stains and other damage. But there are other reasons too!

Pet hair: Pets shed constantly--not just during springtime shedding season, but all year round. If you have pets or children who like to cuddle with them on the sofa (or if those pets are small enough), then pet hair will inevitably get everywhere. A good quality slipcover can help keep this under control by keeping fur contained within its own designated space rather than spreading throughout every inch of upholstery within reach of paws or fingers.

Dirt & dust: Just because something isn't visible doesn't mean it isn't there. Our homes are filled with microscopic particles of dirt, dust mites, pollen grains from outside air being brought inside through open windows, the list goes on.

Spills/stains: Spills happen whether we like them or not, and they can lead directly back down into cushions where they'll set in over time without proper care.

Wear & tear: Over time even high-quality furniture starts looking worn out due to normal wear-and-tear from everyday use, but luckily there's no need for panic since slipcovers provide an easy way around this problem by swapping out old ones when necessary without having any permanent effects on appearance.

Fading: Sunlight can fade colors over time causing them to appear duller than originally intended.

3. Not cleaning your upholstery

You should clean your upholstery at least once a year. Using a vacuum to remove dust and debris is one of the best ways to keep it looking good, but you will also need to use specific cleaning products on any stains or spills that may occur during that time period. Make sure you're using the right cleaning agent for each piece of furniture and don't forget about any removable cushions or pillows.

The best way to make sure that your sofa stays in good condition for as long as possible is by keeping it clean on a regular basis: once every three months (or more often if there are pets in the house). This can be done by vacuuming with an attachment designed specifically for upholstery; however, if there are deep stains present then professional cleaning services might be necessary before proceeding further down this path.

4. Leaving it in direct sunlight

This is a no-brainer, but it's also one of the easiest ways to ruin your sofa. If you have a patio or balcony, make sure that your furniture isn't left out in the sun. Sunlight will fade the color and damage the fabric; it can also cause mold and mildew to grow on cushions if they're left damp for too long.

If you want to leave your sofa outside for an extended period of time (like when it's really hot out), make sure that it has plenty of ventilation by propping open all doors leading into rooms with air conditioning units so they'll be able to breathe freely without overheating themselves from being enclosed in closed rooms with no circulation at all times during those hot summer days when everyone wants nothing more than cool temperatures around them 24/7.

5. Eating on it constantly

• Don't eat on your sofa.
• Don't let kids eat on your sofa.
• Don't let pets eat on your sofa.
• And for God's sake, don't leave crumbs or spills on your sofa.

6. Letting pets sleep on it

Your pet is your best friend, and you love them dearly. However, they should not be allowed to sleep on your couch. Pets can shed and leave behind hair, which can cause stains on the fabric if left untreated for too long. They might also scratch up the couch with their claws or teeth as they play around on it during their waking hours. Additionally, if your dog has an accident while sleeping on your furniture (or even if it doesn't!), this will leave behind a smell that lingers long after they've moved off of it, and may even transfer over to other items in the room when these odors get trapped under cushions or other areas where dust accumulates easily.

7. Keeping it in the basement for years at a time

If you want to keep your sofa looking new and fresh, it's important that you protect it from the elements.

•  A sofa should be kept in a well-ventilated room. The best place for your sofa is not an enclosed basement where there is no ventilation, but rather an open living space where air can circulate around it.

•  Keep your sofa away from direct sunlight and heat sources such as radiators or heating vents (they will cause fading). Also, avoid storing cushions on top of radiators, the heat can damage them over time.

•  Don't place anything else on top of your cushions; this will prevent damage from occurring when someone sits down on them later on down the road (not only does this look messy but it could also cause stains from sweat). If you must have something sitting atop then make sure it's something soft like blankets instead so as not to scratch up against anything else underneath them (like wood floors).

8. Not rotating your cushions

Not rotating your cushions is one of the easiest ways to ruin your sofa. If you don't rotate them regularly, they can become misshapen and unevenly worn over time.

This is because when you sit on a cushion, it compresses slightly in that area as force is applied from above (your body weight). If this compression isn't reversed by flipping or rotating the cushion, it will continue to compress further until it becomes misshapen.

Cushions should be rotated every few months or so depending on how often they're used; if yours are only used occasionally by guests then once every six months should be fine but if they're used daily then weekly rotation would be best.

9. Not using an ottoman or coffee table with a tray to protect the sofa feet

If you're using an ottoman or coffee table, consider using a tray to protect the sofa feet. It's not just for drinks! Trays are also useful for holding snacks, remote controls, and other things that might get in the way of your relaxation time.

Your sofa will last much longer if you take care of it properly

• Use a sofa cover. It's a good idea to use a protective cover on your sofa, especially if it's a light color that shows dirt easily. This will keep your sofa clean and make it last longer.

• Vacuum regularly. A vacuum cleaner with an attachment for upholstery can be used to remove dust and other particles from the surface of your furniture, as well as deep down into the fibers of fabric sofas (which is where most stains occur). Make sure that you don't pull out any loose threads when vacuuming--they will only cause more problems later on!

• Clean upholstery regularly with warm water mixed with mild soap or detergent; then rinse thoroughly before letting dry completely before using again (this step might require two people depending on how large/heavy your piece is). If there are still stains after trying these methods, try applying rubbing alcohol directly onto them first before trying anything else; this should help lift some stubborn marks away from their surfaces quickly without damaging either one too badly while doing so.


Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into how to take care of your sofa. It's a big investment and should last for years if properly maintained. By following these tips and tricks, we believe that your sofa will last much longer than it would have otherwise.
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