If they didn’t get dirty so fast, would you consider buying a white sofa or more white clothes?
I think that white is a beautiful color for home furniture and clothes, it goes well with everything and it has a fresh, clean and crisp look, a perfect background for colorful accessories. So I wasn’t surprised when some readers started asking me what I thought about white sofas. Honestly I think they look great, but I also know that they require some attention and time.
For all those people that are still thinking about buying a white sofa, I recommend reading these tips, from Melissa from The Inspired Room, these might help you with your decision. For all those that already own a white sofa and love items with white fabric, I decided to look for some tips for white furniture and clothes, just some basic tips that can be really helpful.
How to take care of white furniture
If you are thinking about buying a white sofa, try to look for one with washable slipcovers. Take it off and wash it as much as you want.
Add lots of cushions! to prevent and camouflage stains but also because they look great.
Look for stain guard solutions. You can ask about these solutions at your local furniture stores. They also sell spray stain guards in many grocery stores. Look for them next to the furniture section or next to other cleaning products.
I just bought a lint roller for my sofa and I’m loving it. You can use this roller for your furniture, carpet and clothes, this would remove hair and other dusty residues easily and fast.
I have the feeling that guest feel a bit uncomfortable when they go to a house with white furniture, more if they bring their kids or pets. To relieve their anxiety and yours, cover the sofa with a cute blanket and use place mats and coasters for the tables, buy something that matches the colors of your home accessories so everything looks like part of the decoration.
Treat stains immediately. Just after you drip some coffee on your couch or favorite white blouse, use a clean cloth and let it absorb as much as you can. You can also use baking soda and water paste to clean coffee and wine.
Other great tips I found:
Use salt to clean fresh red wine stains, add it to the stain and then scraped off. The stain should come with it.
For a grease or oil stain, you can use corn starch for 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming it. This should remove most traces of these darker stains.
How to take care of white clothes
- Wash white clothes separately to prevent color transfer. Even light colored pieces will lose some of their dye in the washing process.
- My mom always says to be careful with bleach. One thing I learned is never throw the bleach directly, on the clothes. It can damage the fabric or cause a yellowing effect if used too often. Baking soda is a great substitute for bleach.
- Don’t touch your clothes too often. I know, that sounds crazy, I have found myself applying makeup and then touching my blouse without thinking that those little particles of powder would end up on my blouse, but they always do. Same tips while you are cooking or cleaning.
- I also read that cleaning your washing machine often helps to avoid residue left that can rub off on your white fabrics. Add a small amount of clothes, don’t fill the washing machine, all the water will help rinse and clean all residues left.
Extra Tips for Whites!
Check out what kind of fabric you are dealing with and look for cleaning tips for that specific fabric.
Never scrub a stain on white fabric, it will just rub the stain further into the fabric and spread the stain making it more noticeable.
How do you take care of your whites? Leave us any extra advice or tips in the comments below, you may help save someone’s brand new bright and shinny white sofa!