I get a lot of emails and questions here on the blog as to how I keep this sofa clean and also comments saying that they would love to have a white sofa but because of kids and pets it is out of the question. I'd like to make a case for the white sofa...even if you have pets and kids.
We've had white slipcovered furniture for many many years. My boys grew up with them. We always had their friends at our house too. So it wasn't uncommon to have 3 to 6 boys laying all over the furniture at any given time. Plus we always had dogs and cats.
I've always preferred seeing the dirt and being able to wash it myself than to having a fabric that hid it and then having to pay to have it professionally cleaned. It is more work but I suppose it's because my boys were walking dirtbags that I just felt the need to keep our seating clean. I wasn't paranoid about them using the furniture either. The two chairs up above have the original slipcovers still on them and they are over 20 years old.
Our dogs really were not allowed on the furniture either. I know this is not popular today but they always had their own dog beds to sleep in. And meals were eaten at the table. Popcorn was fine to watch tv with but really since I was the chief cook and bottle washer...I got to make the rules and basically the rule was you ate in the kitchen. I don't think this is a popular idea any longer either.
The last argument I'll make is that I've always had a lot of fun changing the pillows out. I love just swapping out the pillow covers and getting a new look. Other than the pillows and a few accessories the room is the same. I thank the white sofa for that.
I store the pillow covers in this vintage suitcase so they are easy to get to.
So that's my defense of white slipcovers. It's probably a good thing I never went into law. But if you'd like to see how I wash my slipcover the link is right here.
Have a decent one my friends.