Most people often forget that their sofas require cleaning at least once every few months to get rid of leftover food crumbs and other messy stains. It is important to clean these stains as soon as they occur as waiting for too long before treating them may cause them to set which will eventually make them even harder to remove. Stains on your sofas can easily mess up your style hence regular cleaning is necessary. Here are some effective couch cleaning tips to help you remove even set-in stains.
Pre-Cleaning Your Sofa
This involves removing any surface debris before embarking on the deep upholstery cleaning. You will need to vacuum up any large particles or debris from the surface of your sofa including the surfaces of the cushions and the base of the sofa. In case of stubborn spots with heavy dust, use a bristle brush to break up these spots before vacuuming up the loose dirt. Ensure that you do not rub the sofa hard enough as this may destroy the fabric.
Pre-cleaning also involves lint and fur removal using a lint roller as the average vacuum cleaner may not be able to remove pet hair or lint. Any exposed hard surfaces such as wood should also be cleaned using appropriate cleaning products depending on the surface you intend to clean. You can use an all-purpose surface cleaner but ensure that you do not get unwanted chemicals on the fabric. Coloured sponges or clothes should not be used as the colour may sometimes transfer onto the couch or sofa.
Determine the Sofa Material
Before you begin cleaning your sofa, you will want to identify the fabric which is usually printed on the tag accompanied by signs which will tell you the right procedure to follow during your sofa cleaning or couch cleaning. The signs to look out for include the following:
- (W) means that the sofa can be washed with water
- (X) means that you can only vacuum clean
- (W/S) which means that you can either use solvent cleaner or water
- (S) means that you can only use solvent cleaner to clean the sofa
- (O) means that the material should be washed with cold water since its organic
Removal of Odours
The next step will involve removing any unpleasant odours using baking soda which is a great and budget-friendly cleaning solution. The baking soda should be sprinkled on the sofa and allowed to sit for at least 20 minutes before vacuuming the sofa using a brush attachment. For a new and fresher look of the sofa, you may also mix the baking soda with a small amount of dry carpet cleaner.
Cleaning Fabric Sofas
If you are on a budget, you can make your own couch cleaning solution by simply mixing some warm water with baking soda, white vinegar and a teaspoon of washing-up liquid. Vinegar and baking soda are specifically great for removing stubborn stains rather quickly but ensure that you test the solution on a concealed fabric to avoid discolouring the sofa. A fabric sofa can also be cleaned with water-based detergent and a steam cleaner for best results.
Pre-condition the fabric to help dissolve and loosen oil and soil debris for easier cleaning during shampooing. Before spraying the pre-conditioner on all the surfaces you intend to shampoo, it is important to do a spot-test on a hidden piece of the fabric to avoid discoloration. After shampooing with a steam vacuum, use the same steam vacuum to remove any excess detergent and allow the sofa to air-dry.
Cleaning Leather Sofas
The process of cleaning your leather sofa is a little different from that of fabric sofas but the care label should guide you when cleaning. The first thing to do is to dust the sofa to avoid pressing the dirt further into the leather during cleaning. You will then use a soft brush setting to vacuum your sofa gently so that you do not scratch the leather surface. If any spots or stains are left on the sofa after vacuuming, clean them using a slightly damp piece of cloth. Persistent stains on your leather sofa should be lightly rubbed with gentle soap and some little water. This is all your leather sofa needs.
Regular furniture cleaning in your home will help you get rid of many problems such as dust, mold, mildew and allergens. Your furniture will also stay in tip top condition besides improving your health and your indoor air quality.