When purchasing a sofa for your home, there is more to fabric selection than simply picking a color and pattern that matches your decor, or a texture that your family is sure to find cozy and comfortable. You should also consider the difficulty in cleaning the sofa fabric you choose. While most sofas can be chemically treated for stain resistance, that may not be enough to keep your sofa looking clean and new after years – or even just months – of regular use. And this is particularly true if you share your home with children or pets.
The three obvious choices for a sofa that allows for easy cleaning are microfiber sofas, leather sofas and sofas with machine washable fabrics.
Most people automatically gravitate towards a leather sofa when they are concerned about ease of cleaning. Leather sofas are usually easy to clean when it comes to wiping up spills and can be kept looking new by treating the leather with a leather conditioner on a regular basis. While a leather sofa is a good option for those who expect the occasional spill, those with small children or pets may be better off with a washable microfiber sofa fabric, since leather can be easily punctured by claws and playing children, and pets can leave odors on leather sofa fabric. However, if you order your leather sofa through a company that offers replacement leather sofa fabrics, this becomes a non-issue.
The second option to consider is microfiber sofas, which are incredibly easy to clean, particularly due to the inherent spill-resistant nature of microfiber fabrics. This synthetic material repels spills, making liquid messes easy to wipe up on the spot. When a more troublesome spot or stain is discovered, soap and water or a mild detergent is all that is generally needed to have the microfiber sofa looking new again. Some microfiber sofa fabrics are even machine washable, making them ideal for families with pets and children.
Washable sofa fabrics are an ideal choice for families with children or pets, or for anyone who expects their sofa to be put to the test in terms of cleanliness. Sofa fabric that can be removed from the cushions and the foundation to be laundered in a regular home washing machine is often the best overall choice for those who can anticipate spots or odors finding their way into their sofa. These washable fabrics can be spot cleaned while on the couch when it is a simple spill, or machine washed to take care of pet odors or to freshen the fabric after a few months of use. Washable microfiber sofas are particularly well-suited for families, as they provide easy cleaning and a soft texture that is comfortable and cozy.
Aimee Jo is a freelance writer in the Seattle, Washington area.
Home Reserve is a family-owned company specializing in sofas, chairs, and sectionals for small spaces. Each piece offered in our line is designed to provide affordable, stylish furniture that includes built-in storage space and the convenience of renewability. Our wide range of fabrics includes a variety of color and texture options, including washable fabrics that provide peace of mind for parents and pet owners. As a leader in providing sectionals and sofas for small rooms, Home Reserve offers innovative designs based on over 20 years of experience in the furniture industry.