Don't Cry Over Spilled Wine

Stain resistant fabrics you can count on.

It was a usual Saturday night. Okay fine, it was a Tuesday. After a long day of work, all I wanted to do was relax. Naturally, I turned on the TV, poured myself a glass of red wine, and hunkered down on the sofa. What happened next has haunted me to this day, and no, it wasn't the episode of Grey's I was watching on my PVR (though I'm still distraught over losing Derek, thanks Shonda).

I spilled my wine, almost the entire glass, on my very light grey couch.

I went into full panic mode, not thinking, and immediately tried to clean it. We've all been there... right? My cleaning, unsuccessful as ever, resulted in the stain growing. My solution was a throw blanket. It was like trying to cover a hole in the wall with a poster, and begging no one to move it.

This scenario is not isolated, unfortunately, I have ruined many things with my clumsiness. It has instilled a fear in me that stops me from fully enjoying my furniture. I think back to visiting relatives and sitting on sofas covered in plastic, or the blankets constantly covering my childhood furniture. I swear my mistake of dropping ketchup on our new Palliser couch still makes my mom furious. The beautiful floral upholstery (it was the 90’s) was adorned by a red splotch.

It turns out, a throw blanket wasn’t the solution to my problem. I didn’t like the idea of having to cover my sofa in plastic or blankets. As the centre of my living room, I wanted it to be lived in. I wanted it to be enjoyed. I didn’t want to worry about making a mess. How could I do this without hiring a professional cleaner to fix my mistakes, or resorting to the aforementioned measures?

I want you to know, there is a solution, I just had to learn it the hard way.

Palliser, a staple in my life then and now, offers a wide selection of LiveSmart fabrics. Available in a variety of colours and textures, the LiveSmart collection “has a moisture-repellent and stain-resistant barrier that makes it easy to clean”. If you are clumsy like me, the spill will bead off the the fabric, and you can just wipe it away. If you don't catch the spill in time, it's easy to clean - just dab it up with a clean cloth. This means that you can custom order the sofa or sectional of your dreams, and then get to truly enjoy it. You’ll get to use the throw blanket, but, more importantly, you’ll get to actually live in your living room.

So go ahead, drink that wine, eat that popcorn, let your dog on the couch, cuddle up with all the kiddos to watch a movie, because you deserve it.

You chose to LiveSmart.