After a long day, a couch is a perfect place to unwind and relax. You might not realize your furniture is a bit dirty. Sofas get dirty very easily. Your late-night snacks like crumbs of chips, bread remained at the corners and edges of the couch. Drinks get spilled, and stains of pet urine are difficult to clean up. Pet carries dust and spreads on all over the surface of furniture. But giving it a deep clean helps to remove built-up stuff which you don’t realize. Below are some excellent tips to make cleaning a sofa relatively easy. All you need is a bit of time and good cleaning supplies. No matter what kind of seating sofa you have these cleaning hacks will surely help you.
Here are nine cleaning tips on how to clean a couch :
First, Clear all the clutter from the sofa. Put dirty clothes in the laundry bag and dirty dishes in the kitchen. Pick your kid’s toys, tv remote and little things which get hide in the deep nooks of the sofa.
Remove the dust with the help of a vacuum cleaner. Use a hosepipe attachment on a full-sized vacuum cleaner. Use a dustbuster attachment which is long and narrow to get into the crevices. Remove the seat cushions to clean the base of the sofa.
Use A Brush
Use a bristle brush for heavy stained spots. Use a brush to break up the dried spots and massive dust particles and then use a vacuum to clean everything.
Your standard brush and vacuum won’t be able to clean your pet hair. So, use a lint roller to clear up the lint and pet fur. Work in the systematic grid so, you don’t miss any area.
Wipe down the exposed wood or other surfaces of your couch. Don’t forget to clean them. Clean the handles and back areas properly. Spray the cleaning solution on a paper towel then simply rub that over the surface.
Before you start to clean your sofa, first you find out that your couch is made with what kind of fabric. Look at the tag to find out the material of your sofa cover. These tags have written instructions for what cleaning products you should use on the cloth of the cover.
- W: Water-based detergent
- WS: Water-based soap or dry cleaning detergent
- S: Only dry cleaning detergent
- O: It means the fabric is made from organic materials, so use only cold water to clean them.
- X: This means you can use brush and vacuum alone or get a professional service to clean them.
If you have a leather sofa, then it is hard to clean it. Don’t use regular cleaners to clean, buy a leather cleaner. Do regular cleaning to keep leather in good shape. These leather cleaners are not available in a local store; you will find this in the departmental store.
Methods To Clean
There are various methods to clean the sofa. Here we are providing some basic ones:
- Steam Vacuum:
Steam vacuuming is the standard method to dirt-free any couch. There are different models of steam vacuums available in the market. First, pour the solution of fabric cleaner and water into the tank of a vacuum cleaner. Attach the suitable attachment, if it is not permanently attached. Then start cleaning the different areas of the sofa.
Here are a few more methods:
Always start with dusting the seating area with a duster. Regular dusting keeps the couch clean.
Use wet wipes to clean the outer/ upper surface of the sofa. Wipes are the easiest method to clean. They are available anywhere in the typical store.
- Dry cleaning
Dry cleaners are not actually ‘Dry.’ They are liquids, but they don’t have water as water-based solvents do. These dry cleaners have a strong odor, so wear a mask and turn on the ceiling fan before getting started. Take out any little portion of the liquid. Put cleaner on the stain and leave it for some time. It takes some time to clean tuff stains. These dry cleaners are readily available in the grocery store, or you can buy them online.
- Homemade Cleaning Supplies.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on buying cleaners, then you can make a cleaning solution at home with simple ingredients.
- For Fabric: Add ½ cup vinegar, ¾ cups water and a tablespoon of dish soap. Mix properly and then sprays this solution on the stains. Scrub until the Stain disappears.
- For Leather: Add ½ cup olive oil with ½ cup vinegar. Spray on unclean spots and rub it. Use a dry cloth to dry it out.
- For Synthetic: Add ½ cup vinegar, 1 cup warm water and ½ tablespoon of dish Soap. Just spray, scrub with a thin cloth then dry it.
Avoid chemical cleaners with harmful ingredients. Use cleaners that are safe for your kids and pets. Above all, the methods that we are provided are secure to use on fabrics. If you do regular cleaning, then your couch will not get that much dirty. Simply wipe out the entire furniture with a damp cloth, and you’ll be amazed by the results. Browse through Housedecorationtip to get more amazing hacks!