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How To Clean Your Couch

Posted by on 18 Mar 2019



How To Clean Your Couch

We all love being couch potatoes while binge-watching an entire season of your favourite show but no one wants to lounge around on a dirty sofa. With normal use, it’s normal for crumbs, spilled beverages, dirt, hair, and oil from your hands to build up, which will start taking a toll on its appearance. Unless you plan on using covers on your couch for the rest of your life, you are going to want to know the best practices for cleaning it. Whether you’ve got crumbs or the toughest of stains to remove, these couch cleaning tips will get your couch looking as good as new again.

Use a Vacuum

The first step is to use a hand vacuum or the brush attachment on your vacuum to clean the dirt and debris sitting on the surface of your couch. Make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies where dust, hair, and food crumbs often accumulate. Don’t forget to remove the cushions and vacuum everything!

Clean Wooden or Metal Areas

If your couch has any wooden or metal pieces such as sofa feet or other areas that are not fabric, give them a wipe down with a solution you can make with warm water and liquid dish soap.

Determine The Fabric You’re Cleaning

Take a look at the tag attached to your sofa and read the cleaning instructions for upholstery. Here is a list of the codes you will find on the label:

  • WS: Safe to use water or a solvent-based cleaner.
  • W: Safe to use water to clean it.
  • S: Do not use water. Use dry cleaner detergent only or a special solvent-based cleaner.
  • X: Do not use water. Use a vacuum only.

Remove Stains

Now that you know what fabric you are cleaning, you can go ahead and remove stains as needed. Depending on the material of your sofa, you can use a commercial cleaner or make one yourself. Homemade cleaners are cheaper and also more environmentally friendly. Here’s a breakdown of cleaning instructions depending on the fabric of your sofa.

  • Fabric Upholstery: Mix 1 tablespoon dish soap, ¼ cup vinegar, and ¾ warm water. Put it in a spray bottle. Mist the stained area. Scrub with a soft, light-coloured microfiber cloth that won’t bleed onto your sofa. With a second cloth dampened in clean water, remove the soap. Dry with a towel.
  • Leather Upholstery: Mix ¼ cup vinegar with ½ cup olive oil and put it in a spray bottle. Mist the stained area and buff it with a soft microfiber cloth.
  • Synthetic Upholstery: Mix ½ tablespoon liquid dish soap, ½ cup vinegar, and 1 cup water. Put it in a spray bottle. Mist the stained area and scrub with a soft, light-colored microfiber cloth that won’t bleed onto your sofa until the stain has lifted.

Let The Couch Air Dry

Use a dry towel to soak up any excess water remaining on the surface of your couch and let the rest air dry. You may speed the drying process by setting up a fan pointed at the sofa. You want to ensure your couch dries as water can cause your couch cushions or fabric to mildew.

Now you know how to clean your couch so that you can get back to lounging around and binge-watching your favourite shows. Good luck!




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