How to Soften a Stiff Couch

How to Soften a Stiff Couch

It is not uncommon for a new couch to feel exceptionally stiff. In some instances, the fabric could happen over time especially after being washed. While in most cases much of the stiffness could be attributed to the cushions, in some cases it is the couch’s fabric that’s stiff.

How to Soften Sofa Fabric

If your new couch feels stiff, it will normally soften with time. However, if the stiffness came about after cleaning your couch, this is a sign that some cleaning residue was left or the fabric reacted with hard water. You can establish whether there is any residue left by wetting a small area and rubbing it with your fingers. A soapy feeling or if it foams would imply that there is residue. One of the ways through which you can try to soften the couch is by vacuuming it and dabbing it all over with distilled water in order to remove the hard water residue. If your couch can be cleaned with a steam cleaner, using it would also help soften your couch.

Softening a Leather Sofa

A leather sofa may harden over time or be stiff from the moment you buy it. Luckily, this can be solved using products you normally use around your home through the following steps:-

  1. Apply Vaseline and using a clean cloth, rub it onto your leather couch. Work the Vaseline into the sofa section by section, while giving it sufficient time to get absorbed into the leather.
  2. Once you have worked on the entire couch, use another piece of clean and soft cloth to wipe the couch. Continue wiping until the entire couch is free of the grease. The couch should feel smooth and soft to the touch.
  3. Alternatively, you could dampen a piece of cloth with saving cream and work it on your leather couch. Wipe away the residue with a clean soft cloth and polish the couch’s surface with a dry cloth. Shaving cream is another cheap alternative that softens leather quite quickly.
  4. You can use some other products such as glycerin, milk balm, mink oil, or saddle soap.
  5. There are also store-bought products that are aimed at softening your leather. Leather CPR and Tenderly are good options, however, you need to first consult your dealer to find out what products would be suitable for your couch.

How to Soften Stiff Couch Cushions

In most cases, what gets delivered at your home does not feel like the couch you tested at your dealer. This is mostly because what you tested had the advantage of being broken by a huge number of shoppers, while your new couch has not been broken at all. The foam in your cushions will soften over time, in which case you may want to place a thick comforter on the couch as you give it time to break. If you prefer to speed things up a little, start by trying the following tactics:-

  1. Sit or lie on your couch as often as possible in order to squish the cushions with your weight. You can also bounce up and down on the sofa a few times. Flip or shuffle the cushions from time to time to ascertain that they break evenly.
  2. Place the cushions on the floor and with socks clad feet, walk all over them for a few minutes. Flip them over and repeat the process. Place the cushions back on the couch and test whether they have become broken. Be cautious if your cushions have a leather casing as this rips easily if it is handled too forcefully.
  • If the cushions are still stiff, you can try taking them back to your dealer and replacing the foam inserts. As they have varying degrees of stiffness, choose something that’s softer than what you had initially chosen.

A Soft Couch vs A Firm Couch

Sofas are the crown jewel of any living room. We spend hours on end watching the television, napping after a long day or chatting with guests on the sofas in our living rooms. Therefore, choosing a sofa that not only serves its functionality but also one that serves your preference is imperative.

Apart from considering its color and the quality of the fabric, one other thing you should consider is its personal comfort. This brings about the age-old debate; is a firm or a soft sofa better? Both have their advantages and disadvantages as we are going to establish.

A soft couch

While a soft couch is in most cases the obvious choice, too much comfort could be detrimental to your back. Most physiotherapists warn against soft sofas as a high percentage of people who purchase soft couches complain of shoulder strain and lower backache with time. This is because a soft couch encourages a slouched position rather than appropriate postural habits.

A soft couch is susceptible to quicker wear and tear if your pet likes to lie of the sofa for extended periods. In this case, the indentation in its shape forms on your couch.

On the other hand, soft couches are ideal for families with young kids. As they are not big enough to sit on the sofa fully, they can lie on the cushions. Younger kids normally derive fun from bouncing around on a soft couch.

A firm couch

A firm sofa is perfect for optimal back support. Apart from encouraging a good posture, it offers a perfect place to host guests as it is more comfortable to talk when sited upright than when the guests are sinking back on a soft couch. However, most firm couches end up getting soft due to prolonged use. Do not buy a couch that is too firm such that it sucks away the comfort and joy that comes from sinking into your couch.

Striking a balance between a soft and a firm couch is imperative. This will ensure that you can sink into a comfortable seat but also one that promotes your overall health at the end of a long day. Adding soft cushions on a firm sofa is one way of achieving a mix of firmness and softness. Such a sofa also provides a comfortable environment to host guests.  Where you intend to place your sofa will also have a huge influence on its firmness. If you intend to use it in your bedroom, you can have it soft as you can comfortably express your inclination there.

Final thoughts

Given the total amount of time you spend sitting on your couch, investing in a good quality couch is worth it. It is also advisable to also properly maintain it so that it offers you maximum comfort and functionality. This is why it is important to soften a couch’s fabric or cushion should you notice either is too stiff.

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