How to Clean a Couch: useful tips
You can also clean your couch at home. Here we’ve gathered the best ways to clean your couch of dirt, stains and streaks, as well as tricks and tips that will make cleaning more effective.
Over time, the use of any sofa upholstery gets dirty. Food and liquid stains, greasy armrests and backrests, and other dirt can ruin the look. These tips will tell you how to clean your sofa at home quickly and effectively.
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How to clean a sofa: sequence of actions
1. Removing dust and crumbs
The first thing to do when cleaning a sofa is to remove crumbs and dust. The best way to do this is with a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum the couch thoroughly, without neglecting the hard-to-reach areas where dust and dirt like to accumulate. If the cushions are removable, remove them and clean them separately.
Don’t forget to wipe off dust and dirt from the legs, inside drawers, and other parts of the sofa.
2. Cleaning the upholstery
Before cleaning a fabric upholstered sofa, it is advisable to moisten particularly dirty areas with warm water and rub with a cloth or sponge. The sofa can then be cleaned in one of the following ways.
Hard upholstery materials could be rubbed with a brush, for softer materials, leather and imitation leather use a sponge or a soft cloth.
Try any cleaner on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery to ensure that the color and texture of the fabric will not be damaged.
There are several ways to remove dirt, stains and streaks from your sofa:
A SPECIAL PRODUCT
The easiest way to use a special cleaner for upholstered furniture. Select the product according to the type of upholstery of your sofa. Read the instructions and follow them.
CAR INTERIOR CLEANER
Get rid of stains and freshen up the fabric or leather upholstery of the sofa can help a special interior cleaner. Select the product according to your sofa’s upholstery. Follow the instructions on the packaging.
BAKING SODA, VINEGAR AND CLEANSER
This is a “folk method” which can however help clean a fabric upholstered sofa. Dissolve 8 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 4 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid or a similar cleanser in a gallon of water. Rub the stains with the solution and repeat if necessary. Rinse off the solution with a damp, clean sponge and towel dry the upholstery.
The amazing thing about a fabric sofa is that you can use shaving foam to clean it. Choose the heavy-duty version: the foam pushes dirt to the surface. Moisten the upholstery with warm water, apply the foam, and rub with a brush or sponge. Then rinse the foam off with a damp sponge and towel dry the sofa.
3. Dry the couch
After damp cleaning, try to collect as much liquid as possible from the couch with towels. Do not use the sofa until it is dry. Try to ventilate the room where the sofa dries: this way it will dry faster. After drying, you can vacuum the sofa again to remove any residual cleaning agent.
Regular cleaning of fabric or leather sofa will prevent wear and tear and deterioration of the appearance of the upholstery. Of course, the most effective way would be to use special covers, but they are rarely used – few people want to hide under the cover of a beautiful and stylish sofa.
We recommend vacuuming the sofa every week with special soft nozzles. Once every two weeks you should conduct a light wet cleaning using special products or ordinary water. And don’t forget that most stains won’t become a problem if they are removed immediately.