We spend a lot of time on sofas in our homes. So, they’re bound to get dirty and stained now and then. However, certain stains and spills can sometimes be tough to clean, not to mention the difficulty in getting those little crumbs out from between cushion covers.
That said, it doesn’t have to be a challenging task; there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to help you clean up your sofa effectively.
Here are a few of our expert tips to help you get the most out of your sofa cleaning.
1. Check manufacturers instructions
First things first, you want to make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions on your sofa. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as removing the cushion covers and throwing them into the laundry.
Much like with clothing, the upholstery on your sofa might also require extra care when you clean it.
Doing so will help you maintain the look and feel of your sofa and increase the longevity of your sofa’s upholstery.
2. Use A Dry brush
The first place that dirt and dust settle down on is your couch’s upholstery. Brush your sofa with a stiff, dry brush to help loosen up stains and bring dirt and grime up to the surface. This will also help you remove any dust that has settled into the corners and crevices of your sofa.
Take care not to brush too hard because that could lead to a lot of damage to the fibres of the upholstery.
3. Vacuum It Up!
Vacuum cleaners quickly pick up dirt from floors and carpets but shouldn’t be used on delicate sofa fabric.
However, most vacuums today come with multiple attachments with specialised uses. When it comes to a sofa, your best bet is to use the hose and upholstery attachments.
Begin with the top of your sofa and slowly move your vacuum over the upholstery.
In case you don’t have any of these attachments, you can stick with using a dry brush. Use it to brush off the loosened dirt onto the floor and then clean your floor as you usually do.
Remember to pay special attention to the undersides, back and sides of your sofa, as dirt accumulates in those areas too.
4. Spot Treat Stains ASAP
As soon as you spot a stain or a spill on your sofa, you should get to it right away.
Think of a red wine spill. Waiting too long – and in this case even minutes – will result in the wine being soaked into the upholstery, down to the cushion itself, and settling in, making it incredibly difficult to remove.
To spot clean these sorts of spills, first, blot the liquid with a paper towel or washcloth. This ensures that most liquid is absorbed and will not stain the cushions underneath.
Then use a mild detergent or even a vinegar and water mixture to clean the area. Remember to do so carefully so that you do not damage your sofa fabric.
If you notice a spill – say of food – that has been unnoticed for a while, begin using the dry brush to loosen it up, and then proceed with cleaning with a detergent or water and vinegar mixture.
Sometimes – especially if it’s a brand new one – detergents can discolour or damage the fabric. So, we’d recommend you try it out on the bottom or side of your sofa first to know that the product is safe to use on your couch.
5. Try A Damp Towel
It is impossible to clean all types of sofas the same way. Different materials require different methods and modes of care.
Where fabric upholstery requires detergents at times to do the job, leather or leatherette sofas are a little bit simpler to clean.
With these materials, you don’t have to worry about spills and stains getting absorbed into the couch too quickly.
To clean up food or drink that has spilled on your couch or even get rid of dust and dirt, you can simply take a damp towel and wipe your sofa down.
Make sure that you allow the area to completely dry before you get back to lounging on your couch.
6. Use A Soft Towel To Soak Liquids
Take a clean, soft cotton cloth and gently dab the area you want to clean to absorb the liquid from the sofa.
If the spilt liquid leaves a sticky residue, you can add some mild detergent with some water and mix well.
Use a sponge or microfiber cloth to wipe off this residue from the stained area.
Finally, use a soft cloth to wipe off any remaining cleaning solution or dampness from your sofa cover.
7. Air Circulation
Once you use water or any liquid to clean your sofa, or even if the air in your home is a little humid, it is a good idea to ensure proper air circulation in the room.
If moisture is allowed to remain too long – and does not dry up fast, it can cause mould to rapidly grow within your sofa.
Make sure you allow your sofa to air dry properly, and if possible, allow some sunlight in as well.
This is because sunlight helps to dry fabric and kills any microbes, bacteria and germs present on top of your sofa.
8. Book A Professional Sofa Cleaning
It is a great idea to get a professional sofa cleaning done at least once a year – or more frequently, depending on sofa usage, if there are kids and pets in the house, etc.
Armed with expert industry knowledge, professional cleaning services know the best ways to execute the perfect sofa cleaning in a short span of time. The right tools and solutions are used to clean a sofa from top to bottom.
It’s also an excellent option for people who simply do not have the time – to scrub and clean their sofas.
Also, you can rest assured that when you keep up with regular maintenance, your sofa will always look fresh, clean, and good as new!