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Quick Tip: Fresh look for saggy sofas

Nothing says sad better than a saggy sofa! We'd all love to be able to buy a new sofa every few years, but not many can afford to do so. The best way to fix a sad sofa is to fresh the cushions - seat and back - and give it a good clean.

06/02/2018

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Nothing says sad better than a saggy sofa! We'd all love to be able to buy a new sofa every few years, but not many can afford to do so. The best way to fix a sad sofa is to fresh the cushions - seat and back - and give it a good clean.

Replace the foam in seat cushions with new medium density foam that you can have cut to exact size at places like www.FoamFactory.co.za in Gauteng, or at any foam supplier around the country. Measure the old foam to obtain the correct size, and also measure the thickness of the foam. Wrap the cut foam with a layer of medium-weight batting for extra comfort. The batting also helps to soften the hard edges of the cut foam.

Fill saggy cushions on the back, or loose cushions, with fibrefill or batting, depending on the style of cushions. Both these products are available at larger fabric stores.

If your sofa needs a good cleaning, test the washability of the fabric before proceeding. Most fabric sofas can be dry cleaned with a machine, or scrubbed with a soft scrubbing brush, but it's better to test this on a small area before you go ahead and clean the entire sofa. If dry cleaning, you can hire a machine to do this yourself, or have a specialist upholstery cleaner do it for you.

Rips and tears on most sofas can be fixed with a curved upholstery needle and thread. Use a thread colour that matches the colour of the sofa fabric, and small stitches to ensure the repair is as invisible as possible.

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