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How to clean a fabric sofa – Our insider secrets for keeping your sofa newer for longer
June 23, 2017 at 5:38 pm 0

Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa, £699

 

How to Clean a Fabric Sofa (and other upholstered furniture)

  So, you’ve just unwrapped your brand new sofa, sat down to enjoy it, and along come your little monkeys to put sticky bolognese fingers all over it! Accidents happen, but sometimes there is nothing worse than red stains on a grey sofa. It sounds silly, but do you really know how to clean a fabric sofa?  

Thats why we have compiled a step by step guide to clean a fabric sofa. Ranging from little spot cleaning to a full deep clean, our handy tips and advice will keep you sofa looking brand new for years to come!

Studio Sofa Fabric. This mélange fabric is easier to keep clean as it is made up of lots of different shades of grey (so hides any little marks!)
 

Spot Cleaning

 

1. For any small little marks, you can usually clean them off with some warm soapy water- as long as you catch them quick enough! Put 1 tablespoon of dish soap (such as Fairy) into 2 cups of warm water.

2.  Take a (this part is important) clean white cloth and dab it into your soapy water. Pat over the stain (DO NOT RUB) and use a dry white cloth to absorb the water. Repeat this 3-4 times until stain has gone.   3.  If you have a slightly more stubborn stain, then try adding 1x tablespoon of white vinegar into your soapy solution. White vinegar is a great household cleaner and can be used in all sorts of cleaning solutions. Don’t worry about the vinegars smell, as this will disappear once dry.  

If you catch a stain before its dried in, the above method is great at removing small stains and is super gentle on your upholstery. As long as you don't rub, you shouldn't be able to see any evidence there was any marks!

These spot cleaning tips work great for all sorts of Fabric, including the super on trend Velvet. Just be sure to dab, otherwise some colour may rub away!

Plaza Velvet Stool, £89

Deep Cleaning

 

If you have some worn in stains, or feel your furniture is in need of a real deep clean, it couldn't be easier! Don’t worry about spending hundreds going to a pro- just grab some baking soda and a dry carpet cleaner (such as Vanish or Shake’n’Vac) and follow the below steps;

  • Take your baking powder and sprinkle generously over the seats. If you need to remove seat cushions place on a clean sheet to save any extra dirty marks!
 
  • If you feel a deeper clean is needed, at this stage you can add a dry carpet cleaner, and brush in along with the baking powder. Make sure you use a clean, soft brush so as not to damage the fabric. You can purchase specific carpet and upholstery cleaning brushes, but using a clean brush from your dustpan and brush will work just fine. 
 
  • Leave the powder to soak in for 20 minutes. Now is the time to go pop the kettle on and put your feet up.
 
  • Once the baking powder has worked its magic, vacuum it all up! Most vacuums will come with a upholstery attachment, which will usually have red felt pads around the edges to protect the fabric.
 
  • Take your time when vacuuming. Start on one side and work down in lines, to ensure nothing is missed.
 
  • Fabric Dining Chairs (such as our Riva and Zilo) are also subject to spills and stains, so the baking powder will also work wonders for these, too. Follow the same method as above to keep your chair shiny and new!
   

Arc and Riva 4 Seater Dining Set, £475

Future Protection

 

Hopefully now your sofa is looking good as new and smells fresh as a daisy! If you want to protect your sofa from future stains, try using a product such as Scotchgard Fabric Protector. This will coat your sofa and keep cleaning to a minimum. Check out the manufacturers instructions here, and be sure to test in an inconspicuous area first!

As long as you are gentle, follow any manufacturers instructions, and pat instead of rubbing- your colourful fabric will stay bright and cheerful forever! And thats how you clean a Fabric Sofa.

Zilo Fabric Dining Chair, £69

Helpful Info

 
  • When you're thinking about how to clean a fabric sofa, take a trip to your local supermarket! There are some great products on the market for cleaning upholstery, such as Vanish Power Foam and Shout. Just be sure to follow instructions carefully and test a patch first. Do not to leave on too long to avoid any discolouration.
 
Easy Clean Riva Fabric Chairs are ideal for families!
 
  • Make sure you do not use any coloured cloths to clean your sofa. Using a white cloth will allow you to see if any colour comes off. If so, stop using the product immediately. This is why its so key to test a small patch first!
 
  • It goes without saying that sofas are not designed to eat dinner on each night. Thats just an accident waiting to happen! Check out our lovely dining tables to ensure your eating area is as desirable as your sofa!
 
  • Kids are messy. Its a fact of life. Darker colours always work best for families, as marks don't show up so much, but if you do opt for a light colour sofa, a fabric protector is an essential.
 
  • Blue jeans are your sofas biggest enemy, be it Fabric or Leather! Make sure any new blue jeans go through the wash to avoid any colour transferring. (Or make PJ’s a must have when chilling on the sofa… win win!)
 
Our Velvet Plaza Stools are super soft to the touch.
 
  • When cleaning velvet make sure you do not rub the fabric. Because velvet is a cut pile the fibres are only attached to the base weave. By rubbing this you'll end up pulling out some fibres and potentially creating a bald patch! Not a good look...
  Fancy more cleaning tips? Check out our blog post about keeping Faux Leather fresh and clean right here.  

If you have any great tips for cleaning fabric sofas, please share them with us in the comments below. Also be sure to show us your brand new Danetti Sofa on Instagram, Facebook at Twitter using #mydanetti!

 

Angelo Occasional Chair, £276

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Ideal Home Show Giveaway!
March 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm 0
  We have 10 pairs of tickets for this years Ideal Home Show in Olympia, London to give away! So if you're after a day out with your best friend, treating your Mum for Mothers Day, or planning that next interior project with your partner, the Ideal Home show is the perfect solution.   Running from 24th March - 9th April, the Ideal Home show is full of Inspirational Interiors and amazing foods, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for...

"From kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and basements, fixtures and fittings to fine food, gardens and the latest high tech gadgets, to fashion beauty and gifts, you'll find it all under one roof at this award-winning show."

9 runners up will win a pair of tickets, with 1 lucky person receiving a pair of tickets PLUS a £250 Danetti Voucher! For your chance to win here's what you've got to do;   Head over to our Facebook page and like and share our Ideal Home Show Giveaway competition post.You can also enter the competition via our Instagram, by liking our post and tagging who you will bring with you, and via our Twitter by liking and retweeting the post... Good Luck!   This competition ends midnight Tuesday 21st March 2017, with the winner being announced on Wednesday  22nd of June 2017.   To keep up to date with all of our posts including the announcement of our winner, be sure to like us on Facebook and Twitter and follow us on Instagram!   Ideal Home Show Giveaway T&C’s.
  • To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets and £250 Danetti voucher, all you need to do is like and share our Ideal Home competition post on Facebook, like and retweet via Twitter and like and tag who you will take with you on Instagram.
  • This competition will run from the 17th March 2017 until midnight on Tuesday 21st March 2017. Any likes and shares made after this time will not be valid.
  • All winners will be announced on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 and will be contacted by one of our team.
  • This prize is not redeemable for cash, and your tickets will be mailed to you.
  • The prize can not be exchange for money, store credit or any other product or service.
  • No purchase necessary.
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INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY – Our Top 5 Inspirational Women in Design
March 8, 2017 at 9:07 am 0

This year for International Women's Day, we wanted to share with you our Top 5 Women in Design who inspire us every day. Whether they are the design leaders of the future, or design innovators from the past, the women below continue to lead the way across all aspects of design. Read on to see who our favourite architects, interior designers and furniture gurus are, and share with us anyone who inspires you! 

Ray Kaiser Eames

As one half of the design powerhouse that is Eames, Ray was an American Artist, filmmaker and designer responsible for some of the most notable contributions to architecture, design and furniture. Her designs are as popular now as they were in the 1940’s with husband Charles Eames saying;

“Whatever I can do, Ray can do it better”

Ray Eames was known for using molded Plywood in her designs, such as the iconic Eames Lounge Chair, and later working with Fiberglass & Plastic as seen on the classic Eiffel Chair. Who would have thought back in 1951 when the Eiffel Chair was created it was still so popular in 2017! Just goes to show the power of great design, and great female design at that!

Kelly Hoppen MBE

We have all seen Kelly on TV recently on shows such as Dragons Den and the Interior Design Challenge, But Kelly Hoppen has been a leader in Interior Design for many years- in fact Kelly's first interior design job was at the tender age of 16, when she had the opportunity to design a friends kitchen! Along with being a well known Dragon, Judge and Interior Designer, Kelly is also an Author of 8 books, Winner of many awards such as the Andrew Martin Interior Design Award and Everywoman Ambassador Award, and an MBE… Is there anything this woman cant do?!

Zaha Hadid

As one of the greatest Female Architects of our time with a career spanning over 25 years, Zaha Hadid created some of the most recognisable structures in the world. The Iraqi-born British Designer designed the London 2012 Aquatics centre, with is swooping curves reflecting waves on the water and adding a softness to the harsh outline of Londons high risers. Hadid sadly passed away in March last year, however her incredible designs live on in this years Brit award, and also the 2022 Fifa World Cup venue in Doha which is still under construction.

Abigail Ahern

As an Interior Stylist, I find Abigail Ahern such a great source on inspiration. Abigail always seems to be one step ahead of the game, from her use of dark inky colours, maximalist interiors and her design masterclasses which she holds in her own home. She is realistic when it comes to interior design and always addresses those tricky faux pas on her blog, making interior styling and design easy for everyone! To top it off, Abigail has also written 3 interior books, which have been published world wide! 'Colour' is a personal favourite of mine, whether you turn to the dark side or stick to a neutral colour pallet, it is full of amazing inditer tips and pics!

So if you've not already, check out www.abigailahern.com to see her full collection and blog- I promise you will return time and time again! 

Greta Grossman

Finally, we want to celebrate the life and works of Greta Grossman. In a time dominated by male designers, Greta was one of the few female designers to rise to the top and become a leader in the mid-century modernism movement. This Scandinavian designer moved to LA in 1940 and helped shape Californias architectural and furniture design scene. You may not have heard of Grossman, but I don't doubt you will find her designs instantly recognisable. From Desks to lighting, Gretas stand out creations are timeless and still used within modern interior design… If you designs are still being produced 80 years later then you know you've made it!

   

On International Women's Day, we want to thank all women across the world for your outstanding contributions to design, be if fashion, furniture, art or architecture. Heres to Girl Power, and proving that we, as Women, are not to be underestimated!

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