How to Spill Proof Your Living Room
La-Z-Boy Southeast | July 27, 2017
At La-Z-Boy Southeast, we recently received an interesting question from a young couple. They wanted to know how to spill proof your living room in a home with pets and children.
Worrying about spills and stains can drive you crazy. You could hover over your pets and children like a helicopter all day. Or you could prevent stains before they happen.
In this article, we look at everything you can do to spill proof the walls, carpet, and furniture in your living room.
Cover Your Walls with Stain Resistant & Scrubbable Paint
Protecting your living room walls is the first step in spill proofing your living room. Stain resistant and scrubbable paints are able to protect your walls from dirty hands, crayons, and anything life throws at them.
The most important feature of stain resistant paints is the ability to be scrubbed clean. Scrubabble paints will not lose color or finish after repeated scrubbing.
Scrubbable is not the same as washable. Washable paint is meant for occasional clean-up and will lose color after scrubbing. When picking out a stain resistant paint, look for the word “scrubbable” or “scrub resistant” on the can.
Here is a list of some stain resistant and scrubbable interior paints:
- Valspar Reserve
- Benjamin Moore Aura
- Behr Premium Plus Ultra
These paints come in a wide variety of colors. So you can pick your color of choice and still protect your walls from stains.
Install Carpet with Built-In Stain Resistance
Now that your walls are protected from stains, let’s take a look at your carpet. Living rooms with carpet are fun for the whole family. They’re comfortable to sit and play on, but this means they will more than likely encounter a few spills and messes.
SmartStrand Forever Clean from Mohawk is the only carpet with built-in stain and soil resistance that never washes or wears off.
This carpet repels dirt, dander, spills, and stains before they are absorbed by the fiber. It is also one of the most durable carpets on the market.
A Rhino Puts SmartStrand Carpet to the Test
To prove this carpet’s durability, Mohawk installed SmartStrand carpet at The Birmingham Zoo and let a 2,800 pound rhinocerus live on it for 2 weeks. Afterwards, the carpet was vacuumed, steam cleaned, and looked brand new.
Check out some of the other tests SmartStrand Forever Clean has been through in this video.
In this video, you see SmartStrand Forever Clean stand up to the challenge of:
- A zoo filled with elephants, camels, and rhinos.
- Puppies in a competitive game of football.
- The world’s messiest kids.
- 12 of the USA’s most popular food festivals.
- Runners in the Tough Mudder event.
If this carpet can survive these spills and stains, then it should be able to handle your living room.
Preventing Liquid Spills on Carpet
When liquid spills happen on:
- SmartStrand Carpet – 0% of the liquid is absorbed.
- Nylon Carpet – 5% of the liquid is absorbed.
Nylon carpet can absorb up to 30 pounds of moisture into its fibers. This moisture turns into a musty trap for bad smells that are hard to get rid of.
SmartStrand Forever Clean will keep your carpet stain-free and fresh because it doesn’t absorb liquid, dirt, or dander.
Furnish Your Room with Stain Resistant Furniture
The carpet has been installed and the walls are painted, now it’s time to furnish your living room. Spills and stains can ruin a set of new furniture. Thankfully you won’t have to worry about that.
iClean Fabric from La-Z-Boy repels both liquid (soda, coffee, and wine) and non-liquid (dirt, ketchup, and magic marker) spills. Not only does iClean Fabric keep your furniture clean. It also looks and feels good too.
This stain resistant fabric is soft-to-the-touch and feels great to sit on. It delivers the comfort you expect from La-Z-Boy and keeps your furniture looking brand new.
Most spills on iClean Fabric can be cleaned by blotting with a paper towel. However, tougher spills may require a mild soap and water mixture.
You can watch iClean Fabric save the day from a variety of spills in the video below.
In this video, you see how iClean Fabric prevents stains from:
- A wine spill during your daily unwind routine.
- A loose dog with dirty paws.
- A morning coffee spill.
- A chocolate syrup incident.
- A salsa celebration during the big game.
iClean Fabric allows you to enjoy your room, worry less, and live life comfortably.
Lay Down a Stain Resistant Rug
Top your room off by laying down a stain resistant rug to accent your new furniture. Stain resistant rugs are an affordable way to further protect your living room from spills.
Today, most rugs are made with 100% polypropylene. This material is stain resistant, fade resistant, and flame retardant. Polypropylene rugs can be cleaned easily and only require regular vacuuming.
Be sure to measure your room layout so you buy a rug that fits the room. Your rug will stay in place if you can pin it down with your furniture.
At La-Z-Boy Southeast, we offer our customers access to degreed interior designer for free. They can guide you through the complete process of furnishing your home. And they’re pros at picking out rugs and accessories.
Bring on the Spills
You can breathe easy now that your walls, carpet, and furniture are protected from spills.
Pets, children, and everyday life put our living rooms through a beating. But this doesn’t mean your living room can’t look clean and brand new.
By preventing spills from turning into stains with these products, your living room will look fresh no matter what life throws at it.
At La-Z-Boy Southeast, we can answer all of your questions about spill proofing your living room with iClean Fabric and more.
We would be happy to guide you through the process of furnishing your home at any of our locations in GA, NC, or SC.