Sofa Furniture Cleaning Guide Sofa Furniture Cleaning Guide

All it takes to extend the life of your sofa furniture is a little bit of cleaning and some consistent upkeep. Your sofa will look new every time you come home to relax.

Vacuuming your Sofa

Vacuuming your sofa is the single most important chore you can do to keep your furniture clean. A vacuum with an upholstry attachment allows you to reach between and behind cushions and around decorative piping and other details. Remove any cushions that can be removed before vacuuming and if it is a sofa bed, pull up the bed and vacuum in all the concealed areas. This once-a-week ritual will eliminate the buildup of significant amounts of dust, dirt, hair and many other things you probably don't want to know about. Also, remember to dust all the non-fabric parts of the couch like wood frames and legs.

Removing Stains

Before attempting to remove any stains, read the label on the couch (usually on the bottom) for a description of the fabric material and cleaning instructions. You never know what liquids or chemicals might cause permanent damage to the material of your couch. The easiest way to remove a stain is applying a mixture of laundry detergent and warm water. Test the solution on a hidden part of the couch, such as the bottom of a cushion or the back of an attached pillow. Allow it to dry and if the solution hasn't left any marks, go ahead and use it to remove any stains you have on your couch.

If the stain still does not come up, try dabbing it with white vinegar followed by a mixture of soap and water. Finally, use water to work out the vinegar and soap until it is gone. Be sure to wash everything off with the water. Finally, dry the wet area as quickly as possible, using a hair dryer if necessary to quicken the process.

With leather couches, you can also begin with a vacuum to clean off dirt, dust and hair. To remove marks first try wiping them away with a soft damp cloth. If that does not work, go to your local store and pick up a bottle of specialized leather cleaner so you don't damage your couch.

Deep Cleaning Your Sofa

To deep clean your couch, purchase material-specific shampoo and rent a rug shampooer. Follow the instructions and run the shampooer over as much of the couch as you can. This should thoroughly clean your couch and make it look and feel like new. Be sure to test the shampooer on a hidden part of the couch to make sure it is working correctly. 

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