We love our white sectional. We got it over a year ago now, and we actually had this exact sectional in grey and decided to get another in white because we loved it so much. This sectional is only available in Canada from the Brick, however you can check out this post, for my favourite list of similar sectionals that are all available online.
I have repeatedly used (over the last 8 years) white, or linen coloured sofas and sectionals in our homes but this was the first one that did not have a removable cover that I could wash. I was a little nervous about how we would keep it clean, but I can honestly say 1 year later, although it’s worn (as any sofa would be), it has maintained its color and is actually very easy to clean when using the right tools and the best cleaner ever.
We have had stains of all kinds on this white sectional. Everything from chocolate to dirt and an unfortunate incident where my youngest daughter had a nose bleed and it splattered everywhere on this sofa. Thankfully because of my favourite stain remover, it all came out. When it comes to removing stains from our white sofa I always use Eucalan no rinse, delicate wash. (nothing in this post has been sponsored) You are correct if you are thinking that it is for washing delicates haha but I have found it is the BEST at getting out stains, and because its no rinse, you don’t have to worry about a crunchy residue being left behind after you spot clean using it. Which brings me to my first cleaning tip.
Always spot clean immediately with water and a dap of stain remover.
Every stain that I have noticed immediately after it happened and cleaned right away, has come out with the Eucalan cleaner. There have been a couple stains that I left too long and although they faded after using the cleaner, 1 or 2 did not completely come out. To spot clean, I just fill up a small bowl with hot water and about 1/2 tsp of Eucalan and rub in circles on the stain. The side effect is not more stains but it does leave a water stain on the couch.
If you are looking for a picture perfect sofa that always looks immaculate then you will be steam cleaning your white sofa or sectional probably every week, but if you are like me and you aren’t aiming for perfection, you will live with a couple water stains here or there from spot cleaning and steam clean your sofa every 2-3 months.
To steam clean our sectional I use a steam cleaner. You can find the one we use here, and here. I love it for how compact it is, and it has done the trick for us for years, even when my daughters painted on the carpet in our old house, I used this steam cleaner and it got it all out. It took a couple days of going back and forth over the stains but it looked brand new afterwards and I am talking probably a 6 ft x 6 ft area that was saturated in black and orange paint. Anyways …. life is messy, so you need a good steam cleaner! The steps for steam cleaning your sofa are simple.
Fill the water tank with 2 tsp of Eucalan (or any Stain remover of your choice) and fill with hot water. Plug your steam cleaner in and spray your sofa with the water mixture. Make sure every area of your sofa has been sprayed, this will keep you from just acquiring larger water stains all over. I also spray the front edge of mine so there are no water stains, even though it hardly gets dirty at all.
Once I have covered the sofa ( I do not do our pillows because the covers are removable and I just wash those with oxyclean in the washing machine and hang to dry) because it’s so large I just go back to where I started and press down with the wand and start sucking all the water back up. Alternatively if you have a small love seat or sofa let it sit for 5 min. before the next step. I make sure to go in nice straight lines when sucking all the water back up. If I get to an area where there is visibly some markings I will spray more water on that area and give it a good scrub with the wand. The underneath of this particular steam cleaner wand has a little brush thats perfect for scrubbing out resistant markings. Then once I have the markings cleaned out I go back over in nice straight lines from the top of the seat cushion to the bottom and like I said the edge of the sofa.
Because we have a large sectional this entire process takes me about 1/2 an hour at the most. It is a good workout with all the scrubbing to ensure everything is squeaky clean. And thats it. Now let it dry. Ours usually takes 24 hrs, so I suggest doing this in the evening. That way by morning its now only slightly damp and you could sit on it … we usually lay a blanket on so we don’t get everything wet.
This sectional is used everyday, all day long. It is in our living room which is our families most used space. And I have two kids. The most frequent comment on my posts for a while was ” Well one day when I don’t have little kids, I might get a light sofa but I can’t yet.” … I too have children and they are 9 & 8 but they haven’t always been AND I have nephews … 4 of them. One once used the sofa as a napkin for the cheese dust covering his face after demolishing a bag of chips. This sofa has seeeeeen some things. And it still works for us.
Now if you are the kind of parent who lets your kids run wild with sharpies and you all leave your shoes on all the time and your toddler eats his spagetti-os on your sofa, then I do not recommend getting a light sofa, unless you want to be cleaning it constantly, and even then it will probably look pretty rough.
But if you are like us and, although we eat in the living room and have had our fair share of hot chocolate and the aforementioned cheesie dust wiped or spilled on the sofa, we are pretty careful about trying our best to keep it clean. The girls eat really messy things (aka anything that is not popcorn) by sitting on the floor using the coffee table and not touching the sofa, and we never wear shoes in the house, so it stays pretty clean. I mean, it gets gross and dirty, but nothing the steps above can’t fix. It’s also no longer in pristine condition, and we are ok with that.
I hope this post encourages anyone wanting to try a light sofa but nervous about taking the plunge. It really isn’t that scary. It just requires a little more love and attention then say a navy blue sofa, but lets be real, that sofa is dirty too haha you just can’t see it!
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Now let me know, would you ever try a white sectional or sofa in your home?