‘How do you clean a sofa?’ It’s always a good question but it becomes even more important if you have children in the house. After all, children love sitting on the sofa, sleeping on it and perhaps even playing on it, while they have a snack, paint with colours or drink milk or a fizzy drink. In short, the danger of getting stains on your sofa is always just around the corner, which is why it is essential to know how to choose the most resistant and child-proof coverings and how to intervene in case of accidents.
The first rule for a child-proof sofa is to choose a durable, stain-resistant and if possible water-repellent covering. Let’s take a look in detail at which are the most recommended.
Fabric covers are among the most recommended when you have one or more children in your home. In fact, many fabric sofas have a removable cover, which can be washed directly in the washing machine, making it very easy to clean your sofa. When thinking about the type of fabric to choose, we recommend microfibre and alcantara, which are very durable and don’t create any particular problems when cleaning stains.
If you are looking for a good example of a child-proof sofa, we recommend the Toby Wing by Calia Italia. Available with removable covers, this sofa also offers an unprecedented comfort experience for the whole family. Indeed, thanks to its sliding backrests and armrests that allow the seat to be extended considerably, the Toby Wingcan even become an actual day-bed.
If you have a beautiful leather sofa in your home, such as the Genius Loci model by Calia Italia, you must be really careful with it. Although they are very resistant to wear and tear (and age beautifully), leather sofas will get ruined if scratched. Moreover, if you get a stain on it you may often require specialised assistance. For this reason, it is a good idea to get yourself a slipcover for when the children are using the sofa or be prepared to immediately clean any sudden stains that might occur. Cleaning velvet sofas can be even more difficult as they must be brushed frequently (to avoid the accumulation of dust mites) and cleaned with natural remedies (such as white vinegar or dish soap).
After seeing which are the best childproof covers for your sofa, let’s take a look at how to remove the most common stains that can happen – even if you are very careful.
For detailed instructions on how to remove stains from all types of coatings, check out our guides here: