How To Clean Fabric Couch
Whether you’re catching up over coffee, skipping through Netflix shows or relaxing with family, sofas offer the perfect resting place.
However, as cautious as you may be, there is no avoiding the stains, spillages and grime that build up with frequent use (or the horrible smell and discolouration which include it).
But don’t fill your shopping trolley with expensive fabric cleaning products just yet. To give your upholstery with a new lease of life, all it takes is a few natural ingredients – many of them are in your kitchen cabinet.
Take a look at the best natural ways to wash a fabric sofa, below. Before you begin with some of the methods below, it is worth checking the individual cleaning codes of your sofa cloth (usually found on the bottom of your sofa cushions).
Give a brush to it
To ensure you’re giving your sofa a sufficient deep clean, the first thing you should do is remove any crumbs or grime from both the exterior and in-between the couch cushions (you might want to wear gloves).
To do that you’ll require a clean, dry cloth. With the fabric in hand, brush the upholstery, ensuring you reach into all of the nooks and crannies. For stubborn areas, like stains which are dried-on}, you might have to use a brush.
BEST TIP: If your cloth sofa is lightly colored, you might want to use a white cloth. The dye from the fabric could soak into the fabric on your sofa and lead to discolouration.
Shake off bad smells
By their nature, sofa fibers have a propensity to cling to scents from critters, spillages and – ahem – natural gases. When entertaining guests with time, this can become an unpleasant, lingering odor, which isn’t perfect.
As you could mask the smell with a upholstery deodorizer, this only provides a temporary solution, and you might be back where you started. Rather, an easy-to-make cloth cleaner that’s natural should attempt to remove smells permanently.
Here is how to remove smells from fabric:
Everything you need:
- Baking soda
- Dry carpet cleaner (optional)
- Firstly, remove any crumbs from your sofa’s surface.
- Then, sprinkle the whole sofa with baking soda and leave to sit for at least 20 minutes.
- Once the time is up, vacuum the sofa using a brush attachment.
- To remove stubborn stains, mix the baking soda with dry carpet cleaner and make this to sit for another 20 minutes.
- If this is not sufficient, we recommend taking a handheld steam cleaner to remove lingering odors from your sofa.
Deodorize and clean your upholstery with baking soda
It would not be a cleaning tutorial when we didn’t mention baking soda. As many of you know, baking soda is an integral ingredient in all sorts of DIY cleaners.
It is easily accessible and usually safe to use on various surfaces, which includes your own upholstery. Obviously, always check on an unnoticeable area .
The best way to clean upholstery with baking soda
Coat the surface of the couch with only a small amount of baking soda and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Do not overdo it with the amount of baking soda, you only need light coverage.
After that, use the brush attachment to vacuum it off. Voila! What you’re left with is a deodorized and lightly washed couch. Repeat once you feel the need to freshen up your upholstered furniture.
And in case you would like to do a deep clean, just mix the baking soda with dry upholstery/carpet cleaner and repeat the same process. You’re welcome.
Remove stubborn stains and heavy cleaning your fabric sofa
Even after all of the work you just did, you may be left with a few persistent stains and ambiguous-looking spots.
Fabrics, especially organic ones, are more likely to stain easily, so working quickly is crucial. The more time has passed, the tougher it is to remove them. And since all accidents happen suddenly, you often need to DIY your cleaning solutions. And as always – spot-test on a hidden area first, please!
Deep cleaning your sofa on your own may seem like an impossible task. But since you’re here, we know you’re not a quitter, so here are a few approaches to do that.
Another alternative is that you telephone cleaners to professionally deep clean your upholstered furniture as you sit back and relax. This way you do not have to do all of the hard work and there is absolutely not any possibility of damaging your furniture.
Hint: we can do this to you.
Cleaning with water, vinegar and dish soap - Spot-cleaning
Grab yourself a bowl, half-full of warm water and mix in 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dish soap (the amount can vary). Dab in it with a clean cloth or a sponge and spot-treat stains one. Try not to soak the furniture.
Work gently because you do not have to rub the stain in the fabric. Wipe away with a clean cloth and inspect whether the stain is gone. Otherwise, repeat the process. Let it air-dry. It’s not necessary to use blow-driers or heaters, as they can do more harm than good.
Cleaning With Water, Vinegar And Dish Soap – Large Surfaces
To clean bigger surfaces of upholstered furniture, you may need something different. In a totally clean spray bottle mix together a cup of warm water, half a cup of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dish soap. Close it and shake well. Spray the surface of the couch from 30 cm distance, then wipe off with a clean cloth to be certain that there’s no excess residue from the solution on the furniture.
Let it air-dry. When it dries, the vinegar odor goes away, leaving behind just a clean, freshened-up couch. This method is more acceptable for artificial fabrics except for suede and as we already mentioned – some sorts of microfibre.
Cleaning With Baking Soda Paste
You thought we were done with the baking soda? No way! Mix baking powder and just enough water to make a paste and you’ve got a two-ingredient homemade solution to eliminate stubborn and fatty stains. Put a small bit of it on the stain and with the tip of your finger or a clean cloth lightly rub it in with circular motions.
No scrubbing, because it will push the dirt deeper into the fabric which makes it a much larger problem than it should be. Leave the paste on for around 15 minutes. Check whether the soda has consumed the dirt and after it’s, brush it off or vacuum it with the bristle brush attachment.
Clean Using A Cleaning Product
If you happen to have at home an upholstery or a carpet cleaning product (that you actually bought from the store, shocker!) , the first thing you will have to check is if it’s a water-based cleaner or solvent and whether it’s acceptable for your furniture piece.
Remember the W, S, S/W, X signal plot we explained previously? Spot-treat in an inconspicuous area and when there is no discolouration or other issues, proceed with the cleaning by following the instructions on the label. After treating, you can soak up any residual moisture with a towel, then allow the bit to air-dry.
The Way to Disinfect a Sofa
Want a Quick DIY disinfectant spray for fabric ? In a spray bottle, combine the diluted essential oil known for its antibacterial properties (tea tree is a fantastic one) using a small rubbing alcohol. Lightly spray your sofa , let the solution sit for a few minutes, then run a vacuum within the sofa’s surface!
The Best Way to keep your sofa clean
To keep your sofa clean all the time, incorporate regular vacuuming in your schedule and deal with food and drink spills immediately, so they don’t stain the fabric. You can attempt to keep your pets off the sofa or just give them a blanket so they have a special place near you once you sit down.
Another way to protect your upholstered furniture is to treat it with fabric protection product (again, make sure it’s acceptable for your piece).
When you wash light-colored sofas, make sure you use white or light-colored fabrics also. This guarantees no fabric dyes will move from the cloth to the upholstery you’re cleaning.
If you would like to bring it to another level, use distilled water when cleaning since tap water leaves residue behind and at times, it can look like a blot.
And a few hints that are not necessarily connected with cleaning but need to be mentioned:
- To preserve your couch’s fresh and vibrant colors, select a spot for it from sunlight and away from any heat source. Sun and heat can’t simply discolor your furniture but also damage it beyond repair.
- If you wash the covers in the washing machine, do not let them dry at the blazing sun.
- Revive your couch by heavy cleaning it once or twice a year,
- Do this by yourself using some of the methods above or by calling in an expert cleaning company to do this for you.
With this, we hope you found the strategies and ideas useful. Tell us in the comments below if you tried some strategy and how it went for you.
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