There are those women who are almost magical the way they can wear white without spilling – hi that’s not me. I bought my first pair of white jeans last year for summer and was sooo excited to wear them! I had run through my mind on all my endless summer outfits that would revolve around those jeans. The first day I wore them I got to work, and by 10:30 they had a stain. Before the end of July they had a way bigger stain and were basically ruined, except I changed my outlook from defeat to determination. What does that have to do with anything? You might be shocked to know this (per my sad previously mentioned story) but I am the proud owner of a bright white sofa! And I’m sharing with you four tips on actually living with a white sofa.
The kitchen may be the heart of the house, but once those bellies are full the sofa becomes the star of the show. As I learned with my white jeans – mindset matters. I got my white sofa because I really just loved the look and the vibe it brought to my space. Look, life is not perfect and white shows dirt, so you need to be ready to stay calm when life starts happening on your sofa. I repeat, stay calm. Two years with my sofa and I have seen it all, I’m talking about blood, dog barf, paw prints, all the fuzzies from the extra cozy sweaters – life! You win some you lose some, but you will never enjoy your sofa if you are constantly worried about dirt. Nothing lasts forever and your home is not a museum so spend your time enjoying your sofa and just be ready to laugh when life happens.
Slipcovers Are Life
When I bought my sofa from Ikea my mom made the suggestion to get an extra set of slipcovers. And while it made the overall cost a bit bigger upfront, I can look back and honestly say my peace of mind was worth every penny. Having two sets of white slipcovers allows for all the flexibility you would want with a white sofa. You can wash whenever, and you have twice as many cushion flips in the que before your sofa is really ruined! I really like that slipcovers are also easily changeable so if you do need to replace them but not your sofa you can.
Get Oxy! I did not survive the tales of blood, barf, and paw prints with just hot water. I have the powder and the spray versions of Oxy Clean. This is what works for me:
- Take hot water to the mess and remove as much as possible as soon as possible – it isn’t a stain yet so stay calm!
- Spray the Oxy Clean on the dirty spot and work it in – I normally do this by trying to rub the fabric on itself so as not to remove one ounce of the needed Oxy Clean.
- If you can wash the stained part of the sofa – create a paste on the stain using a little bit of Oxy Clean powder and water – again trying to work the paste into the stain.
- Wash on hot – I use two Tide Pods for catastrophic looking stains!
- Assess the situation after keeping in mind that the stain will most likely fade over time so if it’s not faded enough yet, flip it over!
(Stains are tricky – if the manufacturer says something different, follow their lead)
The Usual Suspects
It is kind of implied that having a white sofa is going to take a little bit of extra care but it’s not that bad. In addition to always trying to keep Oxy Clean spray and or powder on hand, my other go to is a lint roller. Like I said before, the canvas like material of my sofa makes it a magnet for a cute sweater’s cute fuzzies, which makes the sofa look dirty, when it’s really just fuzzy! I typically try and lint roll once a week which helps extend the clean look of my sofa between washes. And it’s honestly like using a pore strip for blackheads – which means you get that same satisfying feeling when you see all the lint you got!
Are there any stain fighting tricks you swear by? I don’t think you can ever have too many tricks up your sleeve, share in the comments!
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