How to prolong the life of your foam sofa cushions

When you invest money in furnishing your home, you want quality furniture that’s not only stylish, but it’s also comfortable and lasts a long time. While a typical sofa is built to last between 7 and 15 years, its fibre-filled cushions tend to go lumpy and signs of wear and tear tend to appear long before then. When that happens, premium foam replacement cushions are an affordable solution to give your old sofa a brand-new look.

When you buy new foam sofa cushions from Foam Superstore, you want them to be comfortable and have a longer lifespan than your old fibre or feather-filled cushions. There are several things you can do to take care of your foam and to keep it firm and looking its best. Continue reading our blog to find three helpful tips on how to easily extend the life and comfort of your new cushions and protect the covers.

Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Foam Sofa Cushions:

1. Add Dacron wrap to your sofa foam cushions

When choosing to upgrade your sofa cushions with Foam Superstore, you’ll be offered to choose extra add-ons and one of this comes in the form of Dacron wrap. Dacron is a synthetic polyester material, used for enhancing the fullness of your foam cushions for a more aesthetically pleasing luxurious finish and it will also help prolong the life of your foam.

It’s important to know that Dacron wrap is prone to becoming detached as it tends to rub against cushion covers, and adding stockinette along with the Dacron can prevent this from occurring.

2. Add a stockinette undercover to your foam cushions

Stockinette is an elasticized material, stretched over the top of your foam cushions. It not only makes it much easier to slide the foam in an out of your cushion covers, but it can also help reduce creasing of the fabric and prevent premature wear to both the foam infills and the covers.

Adding stockinette and Dacron to your foam cushions will create a barrier between the foam and the fabric which will reduce friction between the two materials and ensure your cushions retain their shape better and last longer.

3. Keep your foam cushions clean and dry

Vacuuming your fabric-covered sofas will help remove surface dust and dirt before it becomes embedded in the fibres. It also decreases cushion wear from the “sandpaper effect”, which occurs from the friction between your body, dust and the fabric.

You can further protect your foam cushions using a silicone spray, which will also make it much easier to slide cushions covers over your foam. Silicone spray will add some waterproof properties to the foam and prevent the build-up of mould and bacteria caused by moisture.

How long do couch cushions last

The lifespan of couch cushions can vary depending on factors such as usage, quality of materials, and maintenance. On average, well-maintained foam sofa cushions can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years or even longer

High-quality foam, proper cleaning and care, and preventative measures against wear and tear can all contribute to extending the life of your couch cushions. However, it’s important to keep in mind that over time, cushions may naturally begin to lose some of their firmness and resilience.

Regularly rotating and fluffing the cushions, as well as inspecting for signs of damage, can help to prolong their lifespan and ensure continued comfort and support for years to come. If your couch cushions begin to show significant wear or deterioration, it may be time to consider replacing them or seeking professional reupholstering services to restore their original quality.

How to wrap sofa cushions

Wrapping sofa cushions is an essential step in protecting them from spills, stains, and general wear and tear, thus directly linking to the topic of prolonging the life of foam sofa cushions. Here’s a guide on how to wrap sofa cushions effectively:

Choose Suitable Covers

Select covers made from durable and breathable materials that are easy to clean. Opt for covers that are specifically designed to fit your sofa cushions snugly. Measure Your Cushions: Before purchasing covers, measure the dimensions of your sofa cushions to ensure a proper fit. Consider whether you want individual covers for each cushion or a single cover that wraps around the entire sofa.

Remove Cushion Covers

If your sofa cushions already have removable covers, take them off before wrapping them in protective covers. This allows for easier cleaning and maintenance of both the cushions and the covers.

Wrap Each Cushion Securely

Place each cushion in its respective cover and ensure a tight fit. Tuck in any excess fabric and secure the cover with zippers, ties, or Velcro closures to prevent it from shifting or slipping off.

Consider Additional Protection

For added protection, especially in households with children or pets, consider using waterproof or stain-resistant covers. These can help prevent spills and accidents from seeping into the cushions and causing damage.

Rotate and Clean Regularly

Just as you would with uncovered cushions, remember to rotate and fluff-wrapped cushions regularly to maintain their shape and prolong their lifespan. Additionally, follow the cleaning instructions provided with the covers to keep them looking fresh and hygienic.

Did you know that you can use our foam replacement cushions for much more than just updating the look of your sofa? We offer premium foam replacement cushions for a range of home and garden furniture, boats, caravans, campervans and much more. Speak to our team today to find out more!