Whether or not you own a couch or you just want to clean one, it’s fairly easy to clean one. Your couch is one of the most essential things in your home. After you go home when you’ve had a long day, your couch is most probably the first place you want to crash and regain your energy.
In watching a movie on Netflix, your couch is also the first place you can think of if you want to relax. We’re all guilty of being couch potatoes at some days of our lives, which is why our couch should always be maintained and kept clean. On this note, the following are ways on how to clean a couch properly:
Whether it’s using a hand vacuum or just using a brush attachment that’s found on your vacuum, both can be used to clean the dirt off your sofa. You have to make sure to clean the hidden spaces where there’s hair, food crumbs and other variations of dirt that’s normally found there.
If the cushions on your sofa aren’t attached, it’s best to separate them and vacuum both sides. If you find there’s too much hair on the cushions, you can use a lint roller instead. This will make it much easier to clean.
#2 Soap and Water
The first way you normally think of in cleaning a couch is the traditional way of cleaning- soap and water. It’s best to resort to this method to clean the wood and metal areas of the couch.
Simply just use a solution of warm water and liquid soap to clean both the fabric and non fabric parts of the sofa. This is advantageous because you ensure that all the dirt and dust is removed from the fabric off your sofa. This may require a bit of more work on your part, but at least it guarantees cleanliness.
#3 Know what type of fabric you’re dealing with
As much as you’d like to think couches have a universal fabric that’s used on them, unfortunately this isn’t the case at all. There are labels to be found on your couch, and knowing the fabric gives you the awareness on how to properly clean your couch. The following are the codes that you’ll be finding on the label:
WS: Simply use a mild detergent or a dry-cleaning detergent. When using mild detergent, use it with a steam vacuum.
S: Make use of a dry cleaner detergent.
X: Make use of a vacuum only and completely avoid using water.
W: Use water to clean.
#4 Removal of stains
One of the most significant aspects in cleaning a couch is knowing how to remove stains. This comes in whether you use a commercial cleaner or you make use of homemade products and come up with your own cleaner instead. After all, homemade cleaners are much more cost-efficient and eco-friendly.
Fabric upholstery: Combine 1/4 cup of vinegar, 3/4 warm water and one tablespoon of dish soap all together. After you’re done mixing them up, put the solution in a spray bottle. Spray on the stained area and scrub with any cloth until the stain is removed. Next, soak a cloth in water to completely remove the soap and then dry the couch with a dry towel.
Leather upholstery: Combine 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 vinegar and put this solution in a spray bottle. Once you’re done, spray on the stained area and scrub it with any clean cloth. In this instance, you no longer need a second cloth to dry the solution off since there is no soap in the solution.
Synthetic upholstery: Combine 1/2 of vinegar, a cup of warm water and 1/2 tablespoon of any liquid dish soap you own and place the mixed solution in a spray bottle. After this is done, similar to the procedure above, spray the solution to the stained area and scrub with any cloth until the stain is no longer there.
#5 Leave the couch to dry
Once you’ve done all of the steps above, the last thing to do is to soak any water left with any towel you have. Afterwards, simply let your couch air dry. If the air temperature is humid, you can opt to set up a fan to speed up the drying of your couch since water may cause mildew on your cushions and fabric.