Do I Need To Constantly Get It Dry Cleaned

dry cleanAndy,
My wife and I have two girls under the age of 5 and another girl on her way in May. We are in the process of buying a new sofa and have come across a wonderfully soft Chenille that is cream color with some hints of yellow and has a light pattern of very small rectangles. It is 60% Acrylic, 30% Polyester, and 10% Cotton. My wife is concerned that it will look dingy and we’ll constantly have to be dry cleaning it. I’m not too worried about it, but then again I don’t know much about this stuff. What are your thoughts? Are we OK or should we steer toward something darker, more patterned, etc? Will it be hard or easy to clean?

Hi Richard,
The Chenille couch sounds like it is very pretty but, like your wife, I would be concerned about stains and spills that your daughter’s may accidentally put on your couch. The cotton fiber content will stain as will the acrylic to some extent which would be my concern rather than the color. Dark colors show the stains sometimes more than the lighter colors. As far as whether the upholstery fabric being easy to clean that would be something that your furniture store should be able to tell you.

There are options like Olefin that are stain resistant but not always soft. See the description at http://www.fibersource.com/f-tutor/olefin.htm Leather is also an option as you can just wipe the surface stains off without much problem. I have a white leather couch and chair that my dog sleeps on and my grandchildren have spilled on but, after 8+ years they still look good.
Hope this helps!

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