We all love being couch potatoes but it’s no fun to lounge on a dirty sofa. Over time, crumbs, spilled soda, pet hair, dirt, and oil from your hands and feet build up on your couch and make it look dingy. No worries.Below are top tips from forever furnitures and design on how to clean a fabric sofa so that it’s ready for you to binge watch an entire season of your favorite TV show.
The first thing you must do before you start cleaning your sofa is identify the material. Which can be anything from linen to leather.
The material is usually displayed on the tag, accompanied by the following signs, which tell you the various ways in which you can and can’t clean your sofa:
W – means you can wash the sofa with water
X – you can only use a vacuum cleaner
SW – you can use water, or solvent cleaner if you prefer
S – the sofa can only be cleaned with solvent cleaner
Once you’ve identified the fabric, remove any cushions and properly brush down nooks and crannies, to remove any crumbs and rubbish that can get stuck in there. You can also use a white hand towel to rub at any spots or stains, as that will help to break them up. Clean the wood or metal areas. Wipe down the sofa feet and other non-fabric parts of the sofa with a solution of warm water and liquid dish soap.
However, avoid using any colored clothes or sponges, as the colour can sometimes transfer onto the couch.
Once you’ve removed any crumbs and loosened any stains, the next step is to remove any unpleasant odours. Baking soda is a great, budget-friendly solution for this. Simply sprinkle the sofa with baking soda and leave to sit for at least 20 minutes and then vacuum the sofa with a brush attachment.
If you find this isn’t enough, mix the baking soda with some dry carpet cleaner and leave to sit for another 20 minutes, which should leave your sofa looking new and fresh.
Knowing how to clean a couch means knowing how to remove stains. You can use a commercial cleaner or you can make your own cleaners from natural ingredients you have in the kitchen. Homemade cleaners are cheaper and kinder to the Earth. Here’s how to clean a sofa, by fabric type:
- For fabric upholstery, mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 3/4 warm water and 1 tablespoon for dish soap or Castile soap. Put in a spray bottle. Mist the soiled area. Scrub with a soft cloth until the stain lifts. Use a second cloth moistened with clean water to remove the soap. Dry with a towel.
- For leather upholstery, mix 1/2 cup olive oil with 1/4 cup vinegar and put into a spray bottle. Spray the cleaner on the surface of the couch and buff with a soft cloth.
- For synthetic upholstery, mix 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of warm water,and 1/2 tablespoon of liquid dish soap or castile soap in a spray bottle. Mist the soiled area and scrub with a soft cloth till the stain is gone.
Let the couch dry
Use a towel to soak up any excess water remaining on the sofa surface. Let the sofa air dry. If it’s humid, you may want to set up a box fan pointed at the sofa for speed drying. Water can cause cushions and fabric to mildew.
Cleaning leather sofas is slightly different to fabric, but again, you should always check the care label before trying to clean the sofa yourself.
Once you’ve checked the labels, make sure to always dust the sofa first, so as not to press the dirt further into the leather when cleaning.
Next, vacuum the sofa with a soft brush setting and make sure to be as gentle as possible, so as not to scratch the leather.
After you’ve finished vacuuming, see if there are any spots or stains on your sofa and focus on cleaning them with a slightly damp cloth – that’s all leather normally needs.
If your sofa has any persistent stains, lightly rub them with gentle soap (make sure to do a spot test first), without using too much water.
Don’t let tough stains and messy spills cramp your style . Follow this easy, step-by-step process on how to clean a fabric sofa! Visit our facebook page 4ever furnitures and designs to learn more on what we do.