4 Easy Options For Protecting Your Couch
You have kids, pets or just like to throw a party and serve red wine. That doesn’t mean you can’t invest in a nice couch. You just have to be smart about the type of couch you purchase or how you protect the fabric. Here are a few options to consider to avoid permanent sofa stains:
1. SEEK OUT RETAILERS THAT OFFER PRE-TREATED OR STAIN RESISTANT SOFA FABRIC
Many retailers offer fabric that has been treated to prevent stains. We’ve seen stain repellant or pre-treated sofas from many of the retailers featured on our site such as Room & Board, High Fashion Home, Serena & Lily, Interior Define, Crate & Barrel, Design Within Reach. If you find a sofa you love, check the fabric specs to understand how easy it is to clean and how it durable it is.
2. FOCUS YOUR SEARCH ON HIGH-PERFORMANCE COUCH FABRICS
Some fabrics are naturally more durable when it comes to protecting against spills, stains and pet accidents. When searching for a couch, focus on these materials to help ensure you don’t end up with something too delicate for your lifestyle.
Microfiber can usually be cleaned with just water or rubbing alcohol
Leather is easy to wipe off but keep in mind that it can scratch from pets
Vinyl has a similar feel to leather but is usually less expensive
Indoor Outdoor fabrics are durable, easy to clean and now come in a range of options that don’t scream “outdoor furniture”
Faux Suede can be cleaned with a moist towel and mild dish soap
3. SPRAY YOUR COUCH WITH AN AFTER-SALE FABRIC TREATMENT
To add an extra layer of protection to fabric not already treated, there are many sprays available. They keep stains from setting, making it easy to blot away with a rag. Just remember to re-treat the fabric every 6 months to a year to ensure ongoing protection.
Here are a few fabric protectors to consider:
Vectra is environmentally friendly and toxin free and can be used on most fabrics including microfiber and leather
Scotchguard is one of the most well-known options and can be used on everything from furniture to clothes
The company behind Guardsman’s Fabric Defense Stain Protection also provides in-home services. They can pre-treat your furniture if you’d rather leave the job to professionals and also do furniture cleaning if a stain does occur
4. KEEP THE PETS AWAY WITH AN INDOOR ELECTRIC FENCE
You’ve probably heard of invisible fences that keep dogs in their yard. Now you can easily create an invisible fence inside. Here’s how it works: You place a small disk near or under your couch, it sends out a signal to a special collar worn by your dog. The dog hears a warning sound if it gets too close. If he decides to continue a gentle static feeling reminds him to move away. Petsafe Pawz Away is one we’ve used and is easy to order on Amazon.