What is a good fabric for sofas?

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What is a good fabric for sofas?
White sofas show every stain or snag, but are beautiful when well taken care of. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Good fabric for sofas are easy to clean and don't puncture easily. Most sofa fabrics are made this way, but some are easier to clean than others. Some get punctured (from pets with claws or kids with pencils, for example) easier than others. Whether you are shopping for a new sofa or getting your old one reupholstered you need to know the best fabrics for sofas.

Leather or Vinyl

Leather sofas are easy to clean and do not puncture easily. Vinyl is more affordable than leather, so that is the alternative if your budget is too tight for a leather sofa. However, it will not be as tough and durable as leather. These sofa fabrics are good for families with kids and/or pets. Clean a leather (or vinyl) sofa with a slightly damp cloth, and then wipe with a dry cloth. Once clean, use a deep conditioner to keep it looking new and shiny.

What is a good fabric for sofas?
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Wool is durable and easy to clean. For better durability you need a sofa with a wool blend fabric. This is wool mixed with synthetic fabrics. This sofa fabric does not pill or wrinkle easily. Stains can be spot cleaned with some cleaner and a damp cloth, or a cleaning solution specifically made for wool blends. If you want a pattern or design on your sofa, wool is a great choice.

What is a good fabric for sofas?
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Microfiber is a relatively new sofa fabric that is similar to suede. It is made with some very fine polyester fibres. It is also called microsuede because of the look and feel. Microfiber is durable and easy to clean. It's nice to the touch, which makes it incredibly comfortable. This good fabric for sofas is cleaned with a damp cloth like the others, but will take a bit longer to dry. Use a lint roller to clean off any debris.

What is a good fabric for sofas?
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Cotton Blend

Cotton blend is sturdy, easy to clean, and a good fabric for sofas in homes with kids and/or pets. Cotton blend is a mix of cotton and synthetic fibres. Once bought or reupholstered it will need an application of a stain-resistant finish to help prevent stains.

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