When I first discussed it with Jamie, he was immediately against white. He said it would get destroyed by four and two year old grimy hands, he said it would be a decision I would immediately regret.
Being me, I chose it anyway. I chose the white couch because bonded leather is durable. It’s away to wash.
But the cleaning – how do we tackle the cleaning?
Know Your Stains
It’s been six months and in that time I’ve gotten vomit, sharpie, red dye from Halloween decorations, pee, orange pop, glitter glue, nail polish and wine off of the couch.
They’ve all come off.
A combination of un-traditional rubbing alcohol, dawn, polish remover, hot soapy water and leather cleaner took care of all of those stains.
Wipe it Down
White bonded leather does get grimy. Let’s be serious. We live in an open concept home and the kids are eating on the couch as often as they are at the table. Every week, as part of my cleaning schedule I get a bucket of hot soapy water and wipe down the grime off of the couch – from those small sticky fingers.
I don’t use anything but soapy water for this, because it’s effective at removing those easy fingerprints, and other things that may have gotten on the couch that week.
Rotate the Cushions
With the sectional, there’s this comfy and coveted spot right in the corner that’s the favourite. We rotate the cushions on our sectional (not all of them can be interchanged) but that’s a great way to reduce the wear on the couch. Not all of the cushions can be rotated with one another, but the ones that get use are easily moved around. Most of the time, the kids are going to do it for us anyway taking them all off of the couch.
Choose Leather (or Bonded Leather)
Bonded leather is an affordable choice for families looking for a couch that’s going to be jumped on, snacked on, napped on, temper tantrummed on, potty trained on and used for small children. When we were searching for a couch, we knew that we weren’t looking for something that was upwards of $4,000 – it’s likely we were going to have to replace it when the kids are older anyway, right?
We have the Sacramento Cream Sectional by Urban Cali sectional sofa from Wholesale Furniture Brokers. You can order online and have it delivered right to your house, and get a sectional for under $1,000. Check the website for the latest coupons and promotions.
At the price point of under $1,000, as expected, the couch has shown some wear over the six months of being in our home. I take into account that it’s been jumped on, and used hard by the kids. It’s comfortable though, and it looks good in the space with enough room for everyone to sit, so a few nicks from fingernails and toys does not bother me.