Buying new furniture for a home filled with kids and pets can be a difficult thing to make yourself do. You know what the kids and pets have done to the previous sofa, and you don't want to waste your money buying another sofa for them to destroy. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you find the right sofa for your lively family and tips to protect the condition for as long as possible.
Pick a Pattern
One of the best things that you can do to hide the damage that will undoubtedly occur is to choose a patterned upholstery for the furniture. Instead of choosing a solid fabric, choose one with many colors and textures in it. This way, if there happens to be a spill, which you know will happen, it'll be easier to camouflage if you can't get the stain out.
A lot of sofa designs these days don't give you the option to flip the cushions – well, when you have kids and pets using the sofa, you want to have cushions that give you a second chance for keeping it clean.
When you have flippable cushions, you'll have the option to flip all of the cushions when you have company coming over – they'll see the clean side of the cushions and as soon as they leave, you can flip them back over to the everyday-living side – the side with the stains.
A lot of sofas are coming with the option to buy removable covers – even those without the option can be covered with a removable cover. When you choose a cover for the sofa, you have to decide if you want an overall cover, or if you want a cover set – one that has a large cover for the base of the sofa and small cushion covers to individually cover the cushions. This creates a more finished look as if the sofa isn't covered.
Tip: If you're short on time and don't to mess around with the individual covers, go with an overall cover; just take your time to find a nice one that'll hold up well in the washing machine.
Now, any time you see a spot appear on the sofa, grab a spray bottle with a water and white vinegar mixture in it. Spray a cloth with the mixture, and blot the area clean. The tips above, and keeping up with treating spots, will help to protect the condition of your new Alenya sofa.