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June 2017

Guides & Help 2017-06-29

Our top tips for cleaning your sofa

We have carried out research to find out exactly what Brits are losing down the back of their sofas every day, and we’re encouraging people to spring into action and discover what’s hidden in their couch.

The study found that three quarters of Brits have found money in their sofa while cleaning, with more than £3 million hidden down the back of the nation’s sofas. Aside from cash, the most common items Brits have found when cleaning their sofas include uneaten food (27%), car keys (21%), glasses (18%), lost bankcards (15%), and even underwear (8%). Looking at some of the more obscure items found in our sofas, respondents admitted to discovering old chewing gum, scissors, dog chews, a condom and even a couple of mice!

Simon Nicholson, Furniture Buying Director at ScS, said: “According to our research, nearly eight out of 10 (76%) UK adults clean their sofa less than once a month on average, which means there will be plenty of sofas around the country in need of some TLC.

Cleaning your sofa

“With the likes of uneaten food and dirty underwear festering in our nation’s sofas, we recommend regularly cleaning and sprucing up your sofa to keep it looking at its best. Here are my tips to help keep your sofa looking new for longer:

Plump up your sofa cushions

“Simply plumping up your cushions and dressing your sofa regularly can make a huge difference to its appearance and longevity, and only takes a couple of minutes to do.”

Vacuum your sofa

Cleaning your sofa

“Gently vacuuming your sofa just once a week will remove any dirt, dust, and crumbs, which collect over time and can lead to dulling of the fabric, particularly the front of the arms.”

Avoid direct sunlight

“Turning your cushions around and ensuring your sofa is kept out of direct sunlight, and away from heaters and radiators, will help keep your sofa’s colour consistent, especially fabric sofas.”

Avoid abrasive cleaning products

“Silicone polishes, detergents and other abrasive cleaning products should be avoided when cleaning your sofa. Spillages should be blotted as quickly as possible, ideally with a clean, dry white cloth. We also have a range of specialist cleaning kits available which can help with tackling specific spillages and liquid stains.”

Snags and decorative detailing

“Take extra care with shoes, belt buckles and jewellery on sofas with decorative detailing such as fringing or tassels, and especially with delicate fabrics.”

For more information about caring for your sofa, click here.

ScS News 2017-06-12

The history of ScS!

After 120 years of trading, ScS has gone from a single, family run furniture store to one of the UK’s largest sofa and carpet specialists, with 100 stores nationwide.

ScS began trading as a general home furnishings store in Sunderland in 1894, under the name Sunderland Suites Centres, before growing steadily within the North East over the next 100 years.

By the 1980s, the business operated from eight stores in the North East of England, moving from general furnishings to specialising in selling upholstered furniture.

Following a management buyout in 1993, the business began to expand outside of the North East, and focused on establishing ScS as a major UK sofa specialist, operating from larger and more modern stores in retail park locations.

With new management in position, a store extension programme was put in place to ensure continuous expansion of the business and by 2007 ScS had increased to 95 stores nationwide, under the guidance of the company’s Chief Executive Offer David Knight, who was appointed in 2002.

History of ScS!

In 2012, following the launch of flooring products at ScS, the company was re-branded ‘Sofa Carpet Specialist’ and a number of operational initiatives were also undertaken, including upgrades to business processes, management information and information technology systems.

These improvements within the business led to ScS Group plc being listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2015, following a successful initial public offering.

Following this, five more stores were opened, taking us to a total of 100 stores across the country from as far north as Aberdeen all the way down to Plymouth, and we now employ more than 1,400 people across the UK.

Throughout this growth process, we have ensured that the needs of our customers have remained at the core of everything we do, and our mission is to deliver excellent service, value and quality through the passion and care of our employees, that is why all of our specialists are all expertly trained in their field.

We pride ourselves on giving our customers a unique shopping experience allowing them to shop easily in-store, online or by phone, with experienced sofa and flooring professionals on hand to provide expert knowledge and advice.