Dear Home Ec 101,
I have tile floors and a couch, this sounds normal enough, but the couch slips and slides all over the tile and drives me crazy. How do I stop the couch from sliding?
And the cushions, don’t get me started on the cushions, why won’t they stay on my couch?
While we’re talking about couches, is there a specific way I should be cleaning mine?
Slip Slidin’ Away
Oh, I feel your pain. In a moment of sheer brilliance -or not- I put felt pads on the feet of our couch. Sure, the couch hasn’t scratched the wood floors, but we play rearrange the living area almost daily. It’s not my favorite game and I only seem to be playing it more often as the kids get bigger and can throw their weight around.
I’ve been looking to replace my own felt pads with something that would hold the couch in place without damaging my floors. Stay! Furniture Grippers look like a strong possibility.
Lifehacker recently shared a great tip to keep couch cushions in place. Try placing a grippy style shelf or drawer liner between the cushion and the fabric that lines the seat of the couch. Trim it to keep it out of site. It’s not a perfect solution, but it should help decrease slippage.
It won’t do anything about removal for a game of Ft. Couch.
If the couch, sofa, loveseat or even chair -you get the drift- is upholstered, it should be vacuumed once a month. If you use the Home Ec 101 Chore Chart, floors are done once a week. I highly suggest rotating which room is used as the starting point. If you’re anything like me, my enthusiasm for a job peters out quickly. If I have time, I give the starting room’s furniture a once over.
Use the upholstery attachment of the vacuum and go over the entire exterior. Remove the cushions and vacuum thoroughly, using the crevice tool to get down into the tight areas. Vacuum the cushions before replacing or they’ll just act as a dirt and hair magnet while on the floor.
Once a year, hire a professional or rent a steam cleaner to thoroughly clean the couch. Do this if and only if it is recommended by the manufacturer. Not all couches, especially some touchy micro-suedes can handle this treatment.
If your couch is finished leather, use the soft bristled brush and crevice tool to vacuum the couch and pay particular attention to the seams. Dirt works its way into these spaces and weakens the threads. A barely damp cloth can be used to wipe away most surface dirt. Condition the couch as directed by the manufacturer, in most cases, this is a once a year or after every thorough cleaning. Just as an FYI, a thorough cleaning is not a wipe down with a slightly damp towel or rag.
If a leather couch is in direct sunlight or next to a heating vent, it may need to be conditioned more often than other leather furniture. Check with your manufacturer’s guidelines to be sure and use only the conditioning products they recommend or risk voiding the warranty against stains.
Naturally, if kids and pets use the furniture, it will have to be cleaned more often. Much more often. How frequently depends on the number and size of the kids and animal(s). Wiping down leather furniture frequently will help prevent the build-up of oils from hair and fur which can damage leather over time. If an upholstered couch gets a lot of use, it may need at the very least a quick hit with the vacuum on a weekly basis.
If you eat sitting on the couch that also increases the frequency of cleaning.
Remember there is a difference between taking care of your investment and becoming a slave to your possessions. Kids and pets are the reason slipcovers exist. If the whole couch thing is becoming too much of a hassle, slipcovers are always an option.
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