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    22 Little Ways To Actually Make Your Furniture Last Basically Forever

    Make your slouchy sofa new again.

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    1. Make your flat-pack furniture a bit more solid by adding a thin coat of epoxy or wood glue to the outside of the little pegs...

    2. ...and an equally thin coat of thread locker to all of the screws and cam lock holes.

    3. Then make those joints extra secure with a thin strip of wood glue so they're less likely to loosen over time.

    4. Fix slouchy sofa cushions by fluffing up the stuffing inside, and maybe even adding a bit more stuffing on your own.

    5. And give your limp seat cushions a little bit of lift with an extra wrap of quilt batting.

    6. If your seat cushions need more serious ~rejuvenation~ than a few inches of batting, try adding a thick layer of cushion supports.

    7. Spot clean stains on your upholstered furniture as soon as they happen — but check the code on your couch or chair's tag to know exactly how you should clean it.

    8. But if you're way overdue for a spot cleaning, steam cleaning is an easy way to tackle bigger jobs.

    9. Or you can go at it with a scrub brush, sponges, and a spray bottle full of rubbing alcohol.

    10. Always use a trivet or a thick potholder before setting hot dishes down on your finished wood table — or a coaster before putting your mug down on your wood coffee table — to avoid damaging the finish.

    11. A little oil soap goes a long way to clean built-up grime and sticky spots off any finished wood, including furniture and cabinets.

    12. If you have scratches and heat stains and who knows what else all over a piece of wood furniture, use a simple wipe-on, wipe-off finish restorer to make it gleam like (almost) new.

    13. Or if there isn't so much damage but the wood looks sad and dehydrated, try a polish and conditioner.

    14. Secure a wobbly table leg to the table's top with an angled screw that'll hold everything in place.

    15. Stabilize a rickety wood chair with a couple of inexpensive corner braces.

    16. Stop your demon — I mean, beloved — cat from turning your sofa into a scratched, fraying mess using a set of plastic protectors.

    17. Or (attempt) to train them not to scratch with large pieces of sticky tape — that theoretically you'd only have to use until your cat learns that her favorite corner is now strange and unpleasant.

    18. If your dog (or your cats, or your kids) threaten to destroy your couch by the mere act of sitting on it (or eating dinner in front of the TV), get a protector to shield it from shedding and food stains.

    19. For the most part, all you have to do to keep your leather furniture in tip-top shape is condition it once a year.

    20. If you spill a liquid on your leather, simply soak it up with a clean cloth or paper towel ASAP — and don't rub it at all.

    21. But say you do happen to discover a stain when it's far too late to clean: a stain-remover spray may be just the thing to try.

    22. And while you probably want to avoid setting your leather furniture anywhere it gets direct sunlight, it's not the end of the world — you can make faded leather look brand new with a coat of re-coloring balm.

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