3 Quick And Effective Fixes for Sofa Snags and Frays


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We’ve all been there, you have a new sofa, and then, seeming no time after purchasing, you discover a snag or a fray. It’s frustrating but, the problem can be resolved.  In fact, it’s easier to sort than you may think!

However, before you go any further, it’s a good idea to get a professional couch cleaning firm in to give your sofa the once over. It doesn’t matter if it’s nearly new or you’ve had it for years. A professional clean will make it look much better. It will also highlight any other snags and frays, allowing you to deal with all of them at the same time.

Of course, you can simply invest in some covers. But, why would you want to hide the beautiful sofa you own? Instead, try one of these three effective fixes:

1. Felting Needle

A felting needle is very sharp. It’s the same size as a standard needle but, instead of having a gap to pull a thread through, it has a small notch. When you slide this through the fabric on your sofa the notch will catch the fibers in the sofa and pull them together. 

This effectively pulls the fray back into the sofa and restores the original finish. The best part is the felting needle is really easy to use. Simply poke the fray or snag repeatedly until it vanishes.  

2. Stitching

This is the most time-consuming option but it works. You’ll need a standard needle. Instead of putting the thread through the needle, slide the snag into the eye of the needle and through it. You can then stitch the sofa as you would stitch any garment. 

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It’s best to use a running stitch. But, instead of coming up at the usual point, you’ll want to move ahead two stitches and then go back to the starting point. This will effectively pull the snag into place and secure it properly. In short, the snag will simply disappear.

3. Razor Blade

If the snag is small or you have multiple snags and frays you may find it better to use a razor blade. It needs to be sharp as you’ll want to shave the snags not make them worse. All you have to do is run the razor across the sofa and it will slice the snags and frays off. 

This approach only works with small frays. If you don’t use a sharp razor blade you will risk catching the snag and pulling it further. That’s why you should proceed with caution.  

Final Thoughts

Before you start snag repairing, you should consider how the issue has occurred. It’s possible but unlikely that snags will be covered by your warranty. But, even if working out what happened doesn’t help you claim on a warranty, it will help you prevent it from happening again.

The most common causes are pets and clothing accessories, such as poppers and zips. It can be hard to protect against all these things but at least you know how to keep your sofa looking like new.

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