Caring for your fabric sofa

So you’ve bought your brand new fabric sofa and you want to keep it looking its best for longer, but how do you make that happen? There’s no need to worry – with our handy top tips, you’ll always be on top of your sofa maintenance so you can enjoy your sofa for many years to come.

Everyday advice for looking after your fabric sofa

Keeping your fabric sofa looking its best for longer takes a little TLC, though with these handy everyday hints and tips you won’t go wrong:

  • For maximum comfort sit centrally on the cushions and avoid sitting on the arms or the front edge of your sofa, as this can speed up the wear process. Also, avoid putting any pressure on the side panels of a sofa, including the outside arms and back panels.
  • Keep your curtains drawn or use a throw to cover any exposed fabric from direct or prolonged sunlight to avoid fading.
  • Gently vacuum your fabric sofa once a week with a soft brush attachment to remove any dirt or dust, which over time can lead to dulling of the fabric – paying particular attention to the front of the arms.
  • Plump up any additional scatter cushions once a day to retain their shape and comfort.
  • Rotate reversible cushions regularly.
  • As you have natural oils that build up on the sofa arms and from your hair that can transfer onto the back cushions, it’s important you pay attention to those areas whilst doing your spot cleaning.
  • Always check whether the cushion covers are washable before putting them in a washing machine. 
  • All removable seats and back cushions should be regularly plumped up, and if covered on both sides, turned regularly to even wear and maintain the shape.
  • When moving your sofa always use two people unless it’s on glides or castors.
How to look after fibre and foam-filled cushions

Whether you choose soft fibre-filled seat interiors or a firmer foam seat interior, it’s important to keep them in good condition to ensure that you can relax in comfort every time you sit on your sofa. 

Fibre-filled cushions give sofas a ‘lived-in’ appearance due to their soft nature, so be sure to plump and reshape them to keep their shape and comfort, like you would with pillows on your bed.

Foam-filled cushions start their life with a firmer appearance, but within the first few months of use they will soften. This is a natural process, so don’t worry, it’s not a fault of the product. If you have chosen a fabric sofa with fixed back cushions and arm pads, smooth out any creases daily to maintain the best look and shape. Similar to fibre-filled, be sure to plump and reshape your cushions regularly so they retain their shape. 

How to plump loose and fixed cushions
  • Daily plumping to bring air back into them – provides a fuller look for the foam cushions and prevents the fibres matting in the fibre cushions
  • Daily smoothing to prevent creasing, folds and shading
  • Daily aligning of the seams of the cushions helps to maintain shape and great looks 
  • Alternate seating weekly to ensure even use and wear
How to get stains & spills out of a sofa

Accidents do happen and however hard we try, spillages are inevitable.

There is no need to worry as they can easily be taken care of to minimise the risk of becoming a more stubborn stain.

Begin by taking a kitchen roll or a clean towel to soak up as much of the excess spill as possible and always ensure to pat the area, taking extra care not to rub the spill.

Then consult your manufacturer’s care guide to treat the rest of the spillage as varying fabrics will need to be treated differently.

Types of fabric & how to correctly care for them

We offer a variety of fabric options for you to choose from, and each of them needs to be treated with care. 

It’s worth noting that due to the nature of certain fabrics there are sometimes slight variations in colour shading, this can even occur within the same batches and should not be regarded as a defect.

The majority of our sofas are composed of a polyester blend. Polyester in particular ensures the fabric is durable and produces a natural colouring. 

Please note: Whilst every effort is made to achieve consistency during the dyeing and finishing process, perfect colour matching cannot be guaranteed.


Velvet sofa care

Velvet fabric sofas are silky soft to the touch as well as warm and soft to sit on.

Due to their soft composition and natural sheen, it’s important to always read the care instructions before attempting any cleaning when caring for velvet.

Always bear in mind that shading and variation in the pile direction for plush velvet sofas are a natural characteristic of the fabric and not a fault.

A regular light vacuum and a brush off with a light brush should be enough to keep off any dust and debris is all that’s needed. 

If you incur any stains or spillages always use a damp cloth to dab these away. Whilst cleaning up any spills or stains it’s important to blot gently and be careful to avoid scrubbing the pile as that’ll cause it to flatten.

Once you’ve finished cleaning your velvet sofa, make sure you push the pile back up to smooth it out and give its beautiful sheen and soft feel back. 

Please note: Be sure not to leave any items on your velvet sofa which may cause indentation as this is hard to hide and rectify if left for a prolonged period of time. 

Chenille sofa care

Chenille is a woven fabric that’s equally as soft and durable as velvet.

Like most sofa fabrics, chenille requires a weekly brush using a soft-bristled upholstery brush to go over the entire sofa in circular motions. This helps to loosen up any dirt or debris that may be sat within the fibres.

Equally a regular vacuum using the upholstery attachment helps to prevent dirt from embedding into the fibres and building up over time, plus it will help maintain the surface appearance of the fabric and revive the pile.

If you do accidentally spill anything on your chenille sofa, all you need to do is to blot the affected area using our specially formulated cleaning products, included in our specialist fabric care kit.

It is best if you can tend to any stains or spillages as soon as possible as it’s typically a thick pile which can absorb spills quite quickly which then become a little more difficult to remove. 

Corduroy sofa care

A durable fabric that’s soft to touch, corduroy is a ridged velvet that has distinctive panel ‘cords’. For regular maintenance, a light vacuum and brushing with a soft brush in the direction of the corduroy’s nap will help keep dust and debris at bay. 

If you drop something on your corduroy sofa that you need to clean up, make sure to use a dampened, clean cloth and use our specialist cleaner in our fabric care kits to wipe down the corduroy upholstery. Similar to most fabric sofas, allow the furniture to completely air dry and then using a soft bristle brush, brush the upholstery in the direction of the nap of the corduroy to revive the pile. 

Jacquard weave sofa care

With jacquard weave, the design is woven into the fabric as opposed to being printed on. Sometimes the pattern has longer lengths of strands which are easier to snag – something to consider if you have furry paws or little feet running around.

A regular light vacuum and a brush off with a light brush should be enough to keep off any dust and debris. If you incur any stains or spillages always use a damp cloth to dab these away.

It’s also typically used as an accent fabric in cushions for added interest and texture so be careful to care for these the same. 

Flatweave sofa care

Flatweave upholstery is very similar to jacquard in composition, just without the raised texture.

To care for, it requires a regular light vacuum and a brush off with a light brush to remove any dust and debris.

For any stains or spills always use a damp cloth to dab these away, being careful not to rub these deeper into the fabric. 

Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s care guide that will come with your sofa for full maintenance details. 

Bouclé sofa care

Bouclé is a heavy woven fabric crafted from looped yarn, giving it its highly textured surface. This is an incredibly durable fabric choice and isn’t susceptible to fading either. 

Similar in softness to chenille, it can be cared for in the same way with light vacuuming and dusting off with a soft brush. Also for any stains or spills always use a damp cloth to blot these away, being cautious not to rub these deeper into the upholstery.

As bouclé typically comes in light coloured fabrics you may be worried about potential watermarks cropping up, that’s nothing to worry about with our Fabric Care Kit that contains everything you’ll need – formulated especially for your fabric sofa. 

Leather sofa care

Wondering how to best care for your leather sofa? There are many different types of leather to be aware of, so be sure to check out our leather sofa care guide for an in-depth look. 

Specialist fabric sofa care kits

Our specialist Fabric Care Kits come complete with everything you’ll need to keep your fabric sofa protected and maintained – available both online and in-store. Inside you’ll find all you need to tackle all types of stains on your upholstery, including textile cleaner, stain away and resistant stain cleaner.

Premium Sofa Guard is also available upon purchase of all of our sofas, this bespoke package offers you complete protection and peace of mind. 

Remember, if in doubt over which products are suitable to use, always refer to the manufacturer’s guide supplied with your sofa.

Last updated: 11th May 2022