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Old 09-08-20, 08:47 AM
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Couch Rehab

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I have two sets of couches that are in bad need of refurbishment, but wanted to know if it's worth keeping them or just discarding them entirely. The first one is a beige and dark-brown microfiber / leather couch that's been through a lot via moving, kids spilling things, etc. Please see attached photos.

The second one is a dark-brown leather couch that's not as old as the first one but our cats scratched it climbing up it.

Take a look at the photos and let me know your thoughts on making it nice again. We'd like to refurbish them if possible but not sure what kind of products to use, if we should just call a professional, or just discard them and buy new.

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Old 09-08-20, 08:59 AM
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There isn't much you can do with synthetic leather. Once the surface starts to delaminate it's days are numbered. Get it out of the house before it makes a mess dropping brown flecks. As for the suede couch getting the water (or other) stains out will be difficult. I would consider that a good couch for the garage.
 
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Old 09-08-20, 11:01 AM
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Keep in mind that hiring a pro will cost as much as new couches. Unless they were very high quality, expensive couches to begin with, not worth it. Get new ones. I don't think that's real leather.
On the other hand, if you can tackle the job yourself, it would be cheaper, but new foam, dacron and fabric will still be somewhat pricey.
 
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There's nothing I could do to touch it up?

There's a guy with a shampooing machine that charges $70 for his services. We've had that performed on our microfiber couch before with good results.
 
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Old 09-10-20, 01:44 PM
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To be honest, it's a cheap throw away piece of furniture, if it was high end maybe something could be done to repair, what you have is not worth the cost, sorry, just giving my opinion based on what is being presented!
 
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You could just get some slipcovers. Check out surefit. They often have sales and discounts.
 
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I think I will have to look into covers.

Since we're on topic, what's a brand of couches that's actually worth buying? I was thinking about getting my next couch from Costco if you can recommend that as well.
 
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Costco also sells pleather (fake leather) furniture and they do the same thing. Just two weeks ago I threw out a Costco piece doing exactly what your did. For longevity you will need to purchase a couch covered in real leather.
 
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