How To Clean The Different Types Of Sofa In Your Home

Leather

  1. Starting off, first vacuum the sofa and get the dirt and dry dust off. If can be useful to have a larger brush to sweep off some of the easier to remove dirt.
  2. Use the cleaning brush to give your sofa a good scrub. Be sure to avoid damaging the fibres and do not pluck at them.
  3. Mix your liquid soap with some water and use a plain cotton cloth to apply the solution to any spots or stains to clean up. A separate wet cloth can be used to clean up the suds if there are any left over.
  4. Use leather soap for tougher stains. If you do not have leather soap, a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol can be used as a substitute.
  5. Allow the sofa to dry thoroughly, wipe it dry with a dry lint-free cloth, and allow it to sit overnight. Damp sofas are known to grow mildew and be more prone to damage, so check to ensure the sofa is completely dry.
  6. Apply leather cream, this will prolong the life of your leather and prevent cracks from forming after it dries. You can add a layer of leather shine to it to give it that gleaming look after.

Fabric

Fabric sofas can be more straight forward than leather sofas. With fabric sofas, your cleaning job may be made even easier with covers which can be removed for proper cleaning.

With these types of covers, simply unzip and remove the inner cushions, and follow the manufacturers instructions on how to wash them. Some can just as easily be machined washed and dried, making the cleaning process even easier.

Some quick notes for this, different sofas may have different tags for cleaning, check the tag on the sofa before you clean, to make sure that the method of cleaning won’t damage the fibres:

W – Washable

WS – Water or solvent based cleaner

S – Only solvent based cleaners can be used

X – Only vacuuming or dry brushing

However, if your sofa covers can’t be removed, then you’ll have to clean them manually. For this you’re going to need the following items:

You can refer to the same legend above to find out what you can and cannot use to clean your sofa.

  1. Starting off, first vacuum the sofa and get the dirt and dry dust off. If can be useful to have a larger brush to sweep off some of the easier to remove dirt.
  2. Use the cleaning brush to give your sofa a good scrub. Be sure to avoid damaging the fibres and do not pluck at them.
  3. Depending on the manufacturers tag on the sofa, not all the steps below may be applicable for you.
  4. For all sofas – Apply a thin layer of baking soda on your sofa, do not rub it into the fabric but just sprinkle it on the sofa. Allow the baking soda 20 – 30 minutes to sit before vacuuming it up and dusting it off.
  5. For sofas labelled W/WS – Use a damp lint-free cloth to gently wipe down the sofa and try to rub out any spots or stains you find.
  6. For sofas labelled WS/S – Mix your liquid soap with some water and use a plain cotton cloth to apply the solution to any spots or stains to clean up.
  7. When done, use the dry side of the lint-free cloth to dry off any wet spots you cleaned up

When cleaning with a cloth, its useful to clean in a small, circular motion, and create a larger circle as you clean to make sure you don’t miss any area on the stain.

Tips

  • For immediate stains, use a mixture of wet cloth and baby wipes to remove the stain before it gets stuck
  • Oil and grease stains can be more easily removed with a solution of water and dish soap; If this does not work, sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda on the stain, and let it sit for a few hours before trying to clean again
  • Ink and other dark stains can be treated with rubbing alcohol 
  • Always allow your sofa to dry completely before using it. Avoid getting deeper parts like the cushion and upholstery wet
  • If you are unable to clean off the stain on your own, bring the item to a professional. Fabric and leather sofas can be cleaned by most laundromats. You may even have some luck at a shoe shiner for your leather sofa.

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