dealing with couches(7 posts)
Does anyone here use sofa safe? I was going to have my couch junked, but they charge so much that it would make more sense just to wrap it up for now. That is, if sofa safe is effective. I haven't seen much about it in the posts here.
I don't see how any treatment plan could get them out of couches. They are worse than beds--tighter, more complicated, full of deep caverns.
I recently purchased Sofa Safe covers for the big sleeper sofa and the smaller sofa. I had been having awful reactions to carpet beetle larvae hairs and i just couldn't seem to rid the sofa of them...Everytime i sat there even for a few minutes, i had a skin reaction. (i have been told by LouBugs that maybe i was having a reaction to something else...that may be the case...so i'll just say that i THINK i was having a reaction to cb larvae hairs...)
The sofa is so big and comfy and although it's old and worn at a couple of spots, i didn't want to purchase another one ...yet...
i, with the help of my hubby, put the covers on the sofas. They are a horrible color..sort of weird beige or something...i zipped them up and put tape over the closure place. But they look just horrible so i had put some covers over that...i think Richard or someone suggested purchasing slip covers and i may do that, but i wanted to try to make some of my own and by the time i spent for the plastic covers and slip covers (and i had to replace one of the cushions), goodness i did not want to spend the price of new sofas, for crying out loud!
Also, i liked the idea of the sofa safe because even if i did purchase new sofas for the livingroom, (actually i went looking and didn't see anything as substantial as mine at a price i was willing to pay), i would still be at risk of bbs when new sofas were delivered in an infested truck or from an infested warehouse!
So i figured it would be better to make due with what i already had. I'm glad i did.
Here's the great thing...i have been able to sit on my sofas (actually i was only having a reaction when i sat on one of them -- the big one) and NO SKIN REACTIONS!!!....i even stretched out on it for a couple of hours and watched television there....NO REACTIONS!! and my final test was that i laid out there completely au natural!! NADA, ZIP, Nuttin! I'm so happy about that.
I have one - not the most beautiful thing in the world, but beautiful in my eyes because I do feel safe on my sofa!!
I'm thinking of a sofasafe for our very comfortable and fairly new sleep sofa (dog alerted there but PCO#2 found no evidence so we're still in limbo. PCO #2 says they're small but not invisible so if we had them we'd see evidence).
But doesn't the sofasafe involve a lot of tucking (like all unfitted slipcovers) to make it fit? And so couldn't BBs hide in between the armrests or the back cushions and the seat cushions? Does one need to untuck it weekly to examine?
And of course the directions say to put cardboard under the legs to prevent tearing the sofasafe. And I've read you should ducttape at least the pull end of the zipper to make it BB proof.
And then there's the fact that we wouldn't be able to use the bed feature of our sofa bed for 18 months. Considering an Aerobed (can it be Packtited?) along with a frame to keep it off the floor Cabelas air bed frame as a substitute bur reviews are mixed.
Thanks for all your responses. I wonder why sofa protection doesn't seem to be pushed as much.
I haven't sat on my sofa for 3 weeks. So I assumed if they were hanging out there, they would have to leave it to find me. I took the cushion and body cover off for treatment, washed and dried and they have been in ziplock ever since. It's an old couch, and these covers were made for it, and fit it very tightly. I doubt I will ever be able to use the covers on anything else, and might as well discard them. Sad, as they were done by a fine seamstress and close friend. But they are bulky and just taking up space here.
I am beginning to see the logic behind the way we decide to toss out things that are sentimentally important but useless on a practical level. It's all about being practical now, I guess. My sentimental side is quickly eroding.
my couches have pillows and cushions which were also covered by tight-fitting covers. The sofa safe goes over all the cushions and big back pillos. the throw pillows -- i threw them out but can make new pillows.
So yes, any bbs, or carpet beetle larvae that are in the arm rests or pillows or creases of the sofa are trapped in there and hopefully they will DIE DIEEEE... That's why you really need something over the sofa safe to make it more attractive.
i keep meaning to take pics of my couches to let you see what i'm TRYING to do with them. There is a lot of tucking of the covers that i have over the sofa safe....
Deedle, please post picture soon, if you can. I bought two sofa safes, and I haven't used them because I am worried that all of the tucks and folds will add new harborage areas (the couches aren't yet infested, I bought them as a precaution. I would love to see how you tucked them and decorated them as they are not attractive. Thanks.
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