It can feel like keeping your home fresh is a never-ending job
No sooner have you finished one task than it's time for the next one to be done. In the first of a series of features, we take a look at exactly what you can do to help you maximise the lifespan of your soft furnishings and household fabrics.
When it comes down to it,how long do you give it before you need to start thinking about replacing your pieces? Well, this guide, courtesy of Terry's Fabrics, provides an overview for how long your sofas and armchairs last - and what you can do to maintain them...
How often should you think about replacing your soft furnishings?
It's crucial that you are aware of how long you can expect your soft furnishings to last and exactly when the optimum time to change them is - otherwise, your home can appear run down.
Ultimately, the rules differ for each product, but this will provide you with a basic overview.
As they play fundamental part in your comfort around the home, your sofas will almost certainly see frequent use. As a basic rule, fabric will have a lifespan of 15 years (this goes down to seven with regular use), while leather can last for 20 years (15 with regular use). The average slipcover needs replacing every three years.
To help to maintain yours, try the following:
Daily: Plump your cushions to make sure they don't seem deflated. You should also make sure you tackle incidental stains as soon as you can.
Weekly: Give your cushions a wipe down with a clean cloth (this is particuliarly crucial with leather), and then hoover your chairs or sofas to make sure they stay fresh. This helps you to remove any bobbles that form on the fabric.
Occasionally: If they're going to be in direct sunlight, why not reposition your chair or sofa? You can also add throws or scatter cushions to change things up a bit.