The sofa is where you and your loved ones meet to watch Netflix, catch up, play games, and more, sometimes with beverages and snacks. So, that’s where you’ll find the remnants of your snack (chips, popcorn kernels, cookie crumbs, etc.) between the cushions. There’s also the risk of wine or juice spills during noisy board games or random mishaps.
Light dirt, debris, and pet hair can be removed with a simple washing of your sofa’s fabric or faux leather, but stains, spills, and pet odors will require a more in-depth cleaning process. Carolyn Forte, Executive Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, shares her tried-and-true method for cleaning sofas of any fabric every six months or so.
The first thing you should do to clean your sofa, whether it’s just a spot on a cushion or the whole thing, is look at the tag or label attached to the furniture to determine what kind of cleaning it can withstand.
How to Deep Clean Fabric and Microfiber Sofas?
1. Steam Up The Sofa
You can destroy dust mites on the surface by using a handheld garment steamer or short bursts of steam from your iron. Pass the steam all over the sofa and let it soak in. You can skip this and move on to vacuuming if you don’t have a steamer or iron.
2. Vacuum The Upholstery of The Sofa
The entire sofa, including the back, armrests, skirt, and cushions, should be vacuumed using the upholstery attachment. Vacuum the fabric behind the cushions, under the back, and under the arms as far as you can. Use the crevice tool to clean in and around the seams, buttons, and edging.
3. How to Remove Stains from The Sofa
Treat pet and food stains on water-safe fabrics using an enzyme-containing product like Bissell Professional Pet Stain & Odor Remover, as directed on the label. To clean, use a solution of 14 teaspoons of mild dish soap in 1 cup of warm water. Remove the cover of your cushion (if it is removable) and stuff a paper towel in between the cover and the filling to soak up any moisture. The cleaner should be applied on a cloth and used to gently wipe the stain from the outside in. When the stain has been cleaned up, pass another moist towel over the area to rinse it and dry it. Stains on fabrics marked with an “S” should be treated with a dry cleaner specifically designed for “S” fabrics and a solvent-based product, as per the product’s instructions.
4. How to Clean Dirty Sofa Arms and Headrests
You should use a dry upholstery cleaner on water-resistant textiles. After applying the cleaner and water mixture, scrubbing the cloth with the brush nozzle, and rinsing the tank, you can put the dirty water back in the dispenser. Cleaning solvent-containing materials requires special equipment and training.
5. How to Disinfect The Sofa
Then, spray the non-wetting upholstery with a fabric disinfectant to destroy any lingering bacteria and odors.
How to Clean Leather Sofa?
Unless there are stubborn stains, cleaning a leather sofa is a breeze. Follow these measures to clean your home on a regular basis:
- Use a microfiber cloth to clean the upholstery and get rid of any crumbs or grime. Use the crevice tool to vacuum the couch’s seams, buttonholes, and upholstery.
- Cleaning leather should be done one small section at a time using a leather cleaner or a mild soapy solution applied with a soft, wet cloth.
- If you want to completely remove the soap or cleanser, rinse it off with a new moist cloth. Shine using a dry towel. It’s fine to go over the armrests and headrests numerous times if you need to.
- Protect the leather with a leather conditioner to make it easier to clean up any future spills.
How to Remove Odors from Sofa Fabric?
To keep your sofa smelling fresh and clean, refresh it often, especially if it starts to emanate a foul odor. Sprinkle baking soda all over your couch to get rid of odors caused by fatty food, a wet dog, or unruly children. These solutions don’t merely cover up odors as other air fresheners do; they actually get rid of them.
Other Tips for Cleaning The Sofa
- A lint roller is a fastest and most effective way to remove small debris from a fabric couch, such as crumbs or stray hairs.
- An excellent handheld vacuum can rapidly clean up big amounts of pet hair or crumbs without the trouble of dragging around a full-size vacuum.
- Leather couches that have been left unrestored or that have been discolored will most likely need the assistance of a specialist.