Sofa is one of the most used furniture in the house. We all love sitting on it to watch our favorite shows, some of us even sleep on it more than we sleep on our beds.

Depending on how we use the sofa; it can take a lot of abuse. Over time, crumbs, spilled drinks, loose hair, dirt, and oil from your hands and feet build up on your sofa and make it look shabby.

Don’t let tough stains and messy spills cramp your style – follow this easy, step-by-step process on how to clean a fabric sofa.

  1. Get to the stains quickly.

As soon as a spill or stain occurs, get to cleaning it immediately. Waiting too long before treating a stain – even a matter of a few minutes – can cause the stain to set, making it harder to get out.

  • Read the label

Before proceeding, it’s important to know what type of fabric is used in the upholstery and what the codes mean before you begin cleaning. Codes generally used on tags include:

  • W – This indicates water can be used in cleaning
  • WS – A dry cleaning detergent or mild detergent and steam vacuum can be used
  • X – No water, vacuum only
  • S – Clean with dry cleaner detergent

Before using any cleaning detergents or solutions, check the manufacturer’s instructions for care, which can usually be found on the sofa’s tags. Failing to use safe cleaning products could mean permanently damaged upholstery.

  • Vacuum. 

Use a hand vacuum or the brush attachment on your vacuum to clean debris and dirt from the sofa surface. Be sure to clean the crevices where pet hair, food crumbs, and dirt accumulate. If the cushions are not attached, remove them and vacuum both sides. If there’s a lot of pet hair, use a lint roller to remove hair the vacuum can’t get.  

  • Start the cleaning process

Knowing how to clean a sofa means knowing how to remove stains. You can use a commercial cleaner or you can make your own cleaners from natural ingredients you have in the kitchen. Homemade cleaners are cheaper and kinder to the Earth. Here’s how to clean a fabric sofa:

  • Baking soda is great for a lot of things, including the removal of grime and embedded dirt in your couch. Test the fabric first in an inconspicuous area, but baking soda is safe for most types of upholstery. You will need a couple of cleaning cloths, a stiff brush, baking soda and your vacuum cleaner using the brush attachment.
  • Use the stiff brush to brush away crumbs, dust, and other debris.
  • Sprinkle the couch with baking soda and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. You may want to consider mixing the baking soda in dry carpet cleaner for a super-deep clean.
  • Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to thoroughly remove the baking soda or mixture.

For any tough stains that are still present, you can use a solution that will work for the type of fabric along with a clean cloth for blotting away stains. For instance, fabric upholstery can be cleaned using a mixture of 3/4 cup warm water, 1/4 cup vinegar and one tablespoon of dish soap. For synthetic upholstery, a mixture of one cup warm water and 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/2 tablespoon of dish soap works well.  In either case, combine ingredients in a spray bottle.

  • Dry your fabric sofa with a soft towel.

Pat down any wet areas with a dry towel to soak up the residual moisture. Gently brush off any remaining cleaning solution.

  • Let your fabric sofa air dry.

Let the upholstery air dry overnight, and enjoy a fresh sofa in the morning!

While Louis Valentino doesn’t clean furniture’s, our SOFA collections are durable and easy to clean! Visit our showroom today or call 08181888892 to order a sofa today.

Depending on how we use the sofa; it can take a lot of abuse. Over time, crumbs, spilled drinks, loose hair, dirt, and oil from your hands and feet build up on your sofa and make it look shabby.

Don’t let tough stains and messy spills cramp your style – follow this easy, step-by-step process on how to clean a fabric sofa.

  1. Get to the stains quickly.

As soon as a spill or stain occurs, get to cleaning it immediately. Waiting too long before treating a stain – even a matter of a few minutes – can cause the stain to set, making it harder to get out.

  • Read the label

Before proceeding, it’s important to know what type of fabric is used in the upholstery and what the codes mean before you begin cleaning. Codes generally used on tags include:

  • W – This indicates water can be used in cleaning
  • WS – A dry cleaning detergent or mild detergent and steam vacuum can be used
  • X – No water, vacuum only
  • S – Clean with dry cleaner detergent

Before using any cleaning detergents or solutions, check the manufacturer’s instructions for care, which can usually be found on the sofa’s tags. Failing to use safe cleaning products could mean permanently damaged upholstery.

  • Vacuum. 

Use a hand vacuum or the brush attachment on your vacuum to clean debris and dirt from the sofa surface. Be sure to clean the crevices where pet hair, food crumbs, and dirt accumulate. If the cushions are not attached, remove them and vacuum both sides. If there’s a lot of pet hair, use a lint roller to remove hair the vacuum can’t get.  

  • Start the cleaning process

Knowing how to clean a sofa means knowing how to remove stains. You can use a commercial cleaner or you can make your own cleaners from natural ingredients you have in the kitchen. Homemade cleaners are cheaper and kinder to the Earth. Here’s how to clean a fabric sofa:

  • Baking soda is great for a lot of things, including the removal of grime and embedded dirt in your couch. Test the fabric first in an inconspicuous area, but baking soda is safe for most types of upholstery. You will need a couple of cleaning cloths, a stiff brush, baking soda and your vacuum cleaner using the brush attachment.
  • Use the stiff brush to brush away crumbs, dust, and other debris.
  • Sprinkle the couch with baking soda and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. You may want to consider mixing the baking soda in dry carpet cleaner for a super-deep clean.
  • Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to thoroughly remove the baking soda or mixture.

For any tough stains that are still present, you can use a solution that will work for the type of fabric along with a clean cloth for blotting away stains. For instance, fabric upholstery can be cleaned using a mixture of 3/4 cup warm water, 1/4 cup vinegar and one tablespoon of dish soap. For synthetic upholstery, a mixture of one cup warm water and 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/2 tablespoon of dish soap works well.  In either case, combine ingredients in a spray bottle.

  • Dry your fabric sofa with a soft towel.

Pat down any wet areas with a dry towel to soak up the residual moisture. Gently brush off any remaining cleaning solution.

  • Let your fabric sofa air dry.

Let the upholstery air dry overnight, and enjoy a fresh sofa in the morning!

While Louis Valentino doesn’t clean furniture’s, our SOFA collections are durable and easy to clean! Visit our showroom today or call 08181888892 to order a sofa today.

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