A few months ago, I found a vintage silk tuxedo sofa on Craigslist for $150. Honestly, the price seemed high for a 40+ year old sofa, but it was in great (vintage)condition and ridiculously long (106″). Brand new tuxedo couches with that length cost around $3000 in my area. The seller still had the original $1000 receipt from 40 years ago, so I knew I was getting a high quality piece of furniture.
If you ever get furniture steamed in your home, I would HIGHLY recommend having plastic sheeting on hand to protect your floors. Everything gets wet, everything! The existing stains went away (which I was concerned about since the sofa is 100% silk), but I had failed to do my homework on my sofa. I soon discovered my sofa had a solid steel frame, and the moisture caused rusting which created several rust stains on the fabric.
Luckily, a normal bleach pen removed the rust easily! I had tried hydrogen peroxide first, but it did nothing. After a few days, the sofa dried and was able to be used again. It has been the most comfortable sofa ever, but it needed a bit more updating…
I’m much happier with this free little update. I’m planning on sewing a slipcover soon, just to keep protecting the upholstery (from my cats). On a different note, check out the brick wall!!!!