How to Clean a Couch

What You'll Need
Flannel Rags
Washing Brush
Suede Polish
Cloth Buffer

How to Clean a Couch is a very interesting question. Cleaning a couch is important in households with infants. The spills and stains require special knowledge of the fabric.

 Step 1: Preparing the Couch for Cleaning

The process of cleaning a couch takes time and effort so before engaging yourself to this work make sure all necessary chores are done. The first step in any case is to clean the couch well. Use a rag to dust the couch properly to be rid of dirt and dust. you can also use a light brush to swipe off any tough dirt so that cleaning is more efficient. In case of cloth couch, it is very useful to vacuum before cleaning. Use vacuum attachments to clean corners and crevices.

Step 2: Recognizing the Type of Fabric Used

The first step is to acknowledge what type of fabric is being dealt with. Commonly couches are made of leatheride, Rexene, cotton cloth or polyester. Treat Leatheride and Rexene similarly while cleaning. These require extra care as after cleaning, the surface can over dry and crack later. You can avoid this by giving the couch a polish finish. Cotton and nylon cloth couches require similar cleaning procedure.

Step 2: Preparing Washing Solution

In case of leatheride or Rexene, luke warm water serves well for the cleaning solution. Fill half a bucket with water. Then add shampoo, vinegar and a few drops of oil. you can add a little bleach to the water if upholstery is white in color.

Step 3: Scrubbing the Couch

  • To clean leatheride or rexene surface, dip a flannel rag in the solution and rub the couch till the layer of dirt starts to clean. Rub the cleaned area with tidy dry rags so as to avoid dry shampoo stains. The vinegar acts as a natural bleach and deodorizer and the oil keeps leatheride and Rexene from over drying and cracking. A laundry brush is a better option for cleaning leatheride couches. These have wrinkles and cloth is unable to reach inside them.
  • For cloth the best way to clean is by using gasoline. Gasoline is non-oily and evaporates quickly. Applying a small amount initially on a flannel rag, rub obvious stains as a good start. After removing problematic stains clean the remaining couch on the whole. An advantage of using gasoline is that the smell drives termites away. Cleaning of polyester or nylon requires the same process with the exception that dirt is easily removed from synthetic fiber. This makes cleaning nylon fiber couches easier than cotton cloth.

Step 4: Finishing the Process

For leatheride and Rexene, Swede polish is required. Paste small dots of polish of all over the couch surface. Roll a clean dry flannel rag into a buffer. Rub this buffer all over the couch using circular movement. Circular strokes ensure proper blending and merging of polish. If the couch has not been cared for, it will require more polish. You have to be careful in applying polish equally as less concentration areas are left with a different shade.