Cleaning your sofa can be a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you have the right methods and materials on hand to get the job done easily and safely. Cleaning your sofa is an important step in keeping your home free of allergens that can affect your health and comfort, as well as ensuring the longevity of your furniture investment. If you want to clean your sofa thoroughly, follow these five easy steps for cleaning both the visible and hidden parts of your sofa.
1. Vacuum your sofa thoroughly
The vacuum is the perfect tool for cleaning your sofa. It’s easy to use, and will pick up loose hair, debris, or any other particles that might be lurking on the fabric. Once you’ve finished vacuuming you’ll want to go over your cushions with a lint roller. A lint roller is great for removing pet hair, dust and other little bits of stuff that are often left behind by a vacuum cleaner.
Sometimes the best way to clean a sofa is from the top down. This means you start by vacuuming and then flipping it over and wiping down both sides before moving onto another section.
2. Pretreat any stubborn stains with a stain remover
Remove any food spills or stains from the sofa by blotting them with a clean towel and then rubbing the area with a gentle dishwashing liquid diluted in warm water. If the stains are still present, fill a bowl with hot water and add two tablespoons of vinegar.
Dip a cloth into the bowl and gently scrub at the stains until they’re gone. Rinse the entire surface of your sofa with cold water, then dry it off with a clean towel or let it air dry on its own if you don’t mind waiting for several hours before sitting on it again.
3. Mix up your own DIY spot-removing solution
- Mix together water, vinegar, and dish soap into a bucket.
- Dip a sponge or rag into the solution, wring out most of the excess liquid, and then scrub your couch lightly with it.
- Use a clean cloth or towel to dry the couch off afterwards if needed.
- If any of the stains remain after you’ve finished cleaning your sofa, try using one of these methods: a) Sprinkle baking soda onto the area and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before vacuuming it up or b) Dab rubbing alcohol onto an old toothbrush or makeup brush and scrub away at any stubborn stains that have remained.
4. Apply your solution with a sponge and water spray bottle
- Wet a sponge with water and add dish soap. Use this to scrub the seat of your sofa, paying close attention to areas where dirt and crumbs tend to accumulate.
- Take the wet sponge, wipe off any excess residue, and let the sofa air-dry for 30 minutes before sitting on it again.
- if you don’t have time for step two, you can use a dry cloth or paper towel instead of a wet one just make sure that if you do use a dry rag, you wring out as much moisture as possible before rubbing it over the fabric. Rinse out your sponge or rag in clean water after every stroke or two so that you’re not spreading any dirt around unnecessarily when cleaning multiple pieces of furniture at once.
5. Let it dry
Properly cleaning your sofa is key for keeping it looking nice, feeling comfortable and healthy, and resisting stains. But the fact of the matter is that most of us don’t have the time or patience to spend a lot of time on this task. That’s why I’ve put together this list of five steps that will help you clean your sofa quickly.
Vacuum the couch thoroughly before washing it with soap and water. This will help remove any surface dirt, dust mites, or other allergens that could contaminate your fabric when you wash it.