Sofa Barber... at Your Service
My sofa and loveseat are the open weave type which really if you have pets just don't do it because their little nails seem to make a mess of the fabric.
Anyway, I googled and apparently sofas should last 7 to 15 years which I am sure is based on how costly the furniture is. Mine is an Ashley sofa so wasn't exceptionally pricey at about $500-$600 but still this being 6 years old needs to last a little longer.
I'm not quite ready to get a new set so I was searching for a solution... how to get rid of the little pillies and nubs that stick out like a sore thumb.
Someone suggested a sweater defuzzer and I thought no way could a little battery powered sweater shaver handle that much fuzz. But I'm here to show you it can! You can just call me the sofa barber!
I do suggest if you have some really long pieces use scissors on them and cut them a bit shorter or the shaver might tug on it. We don't need a hole in it, that's for sure, lol!
I ordered the Conair one at Amazon (link below) because it had a guard collar to adjust how close you get since I was afraid of putting a hole in the fabric. **You can use any similar product**
But let me say even though I started out tentative in my shaving it wasn't long before I threw caution to the wind, yanked the guard collar off and shaved like a pro as close as I could lol.
So really any defuzzer should be just fine!
Ewwww! The shame of it! I suspect the gray color of it is because it had some discoloration from blue jean rub, the cat hair, and yes it really needed a cleaning.
I really suggest aerosol SPOT SHOT for carpets (and sofas!) because it works so well on most fabrics - even sofas and clothing and is basically a spray, dab and done product. I always have some in my cleaning supplies.
As with any product test in a hidden area to see how it does because sofas fabrics are all different.
MUCH better after a shampoo with a shave and a haircut...and it cost me the price of a fabric defuzzer!
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Broke But Happy on Mar 23, 2019
My cat began to scratch my brand new sofa before I'd even removed the tags! I used this defuzzer but it was a relatively smooth weave fabric and didn't remove everything. I then (WARNING:DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME😂) used a lighter very quickly and CAREFULLY. The fabric is synthetic and the strings melted right up and could then be shaved. Yes a recipe for disaster, but went fine.