Dismantling a sofa is never an easy task, but with the right tools and knowledge, you can do it. If your old sofa has seen better days or if you want to give your home a fresh new look, read on for some tips that will help take care of business in no time!
This article will teach how to dismantle a sofa recliner so you can get rid of it once and for all. It’s not as hard as it looks; just make sure that you have all the right tools before starting this project.
Steps on Dismantling a Sofa Recliner
Steps 1. Make sure you have a flat surface to work on. You will need the right tools and space for all of your materials, so be aware that this can be time-consuming. If possible, try not to dismantle in an area where it’ll make a mess; if you do end up making any kind of spillage or dirtying anything, it’ll be a lot more difficult to clean up.
You must put the pieces in order and label them as they go, so save yourself some time by laying them out the way they should be.
Now that you’ve found your tools, it’s time to start taking apart this beauty!
Step 2. Start by removing any screws on the back panel and loosening up all of the bolts holding everything in place. You’re going to want a screwdriver for these. There will also likely be screws on the front and back of your sofa, so be sure to remove these as well.
Step 3. Once you’ve removed all of those screws, use a pry bar or crowbar to pop up any staples that are holding the fabric in place around the seams; this will make it easier when removing individual pieces from each other.
If you’re planning on reusing the fabric, be sure to save it by rolling up any or all of the pieces in which it’s still attached.
Step 4. From here, remove each piece from one another and label them as they go so that when you put everything back together later there won’t be a chance for things to get mixed up.
Step 5. Now it’s time to figure out how the individual pieces of fabric are attached: if you’re lucky, there will be a zipper or Velcro that allows for easy removal; in some cases, however, you may need to cut and/or sew strips into place to get everything off without damaging anything.
Note: When tearing into the fabric, any zippers must be unzipped first so they can come off completely; this will make things much easier when ripping up the pieces of fabric too.
How to Care for Sofa Recliner
#1. Sofa recliners should be cleaned by vacuuming the surface, removing dirt and debris from crevices with a rag or vacuum cleaner attachment, wiping it down with water using a damp cloth to remove any dust particles.
#2. To clean fabric surfaces that have been soiled by food stains or bodily fluids like sweat: apply an enzymatic cleaner, keep unsoiled surfaces dry and clean; for fabric that’s been soiled by vomit or other bodily fluids: apply an enzymatic cleaner to the stain- it can take up to 24 hours before you should change your clothes.
#3. For hardwood furniture with leather covers, use a vacuum attachment or microfiber cloth to remove dust and dirt, then use a damp cloth with water to wipe off any excess stool from the surface.
#4. For upholstered furniture that’s been soiled by food or bodily fluids: Apply an enzymatic cleaner directly to the stain; keep it from spreading by using paper towels or clean rags; let sit for 15 to 30 minutes, then vacuum.
#5. For urine stains: blot up as much of the liquid as possible, apply an enzymatic cleaner and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming; repeat steps until stain is gone or rug/carpet has been removed.
How to Prevent Stains on Sofa Recliners
Tip 1. Clean spills immediately.
Tip 2. Always keep the area around your furniture clean; use a rug or mat as needed to prevent dirt and debris from getting on upholstery.
Tip 3. Vacuum daily, using an attachment if possible so you don’t just push fluids into the crevices of the couch cushions.
Tip 4. Keep kids off the furniture.
Tip 5. Mop or vacuum your floors daily – it helps keep dirt, urine, and vomit from spreading onto upholstery.
Tip 6. If you’re a smoker: Smoke outside to avoid staining your carpet/rug with cigarette tar; use ashtrays instead of dropping butts on the rug or sofa surfaces which can also cause stains.
Tip 7. Always wear shoes when walking on upholstery.
Tip 8. Immediately remove stains from clothes using an enzyme pre-soak or spotter before they dry.
Tip 9. If you’re a pet owner: Brush your pets daily to reduce shedding and hairballs, which can cause staining; use carpets/rugs as needed for their bathroom needs.
Tip 10. Always use a designated pet bed or rug for your pets to sleep on the furniture – avoid letting them sleep directly on upholstery where they can create hairballs and stains, drool/urine which will be absorbed into fabric fibers causing permanent damage.
Tip 11. Don’t store anything that might leak onto the sofa surface (oil, paint, thinner)
Tip 12. Turn sofas over occasionally to ensure that the upholstery is not compressed and cushions are evenly distributed.
Tip 13. Some people recommend using a piece of plywood for furniture protection when moving heavy items across them or if you’re going to be painting your walls.
This will help avoid any damage from moisture exposure on the part of the sofa that is under the furniture.