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06 October 2015, 02:15

The sofa is basically the first piece of furniture people notice and interact with when entering a living room. In this regard, maintaining the cleanliness of the sofa should be prioritized.


Sofas and chairs are vulnerable to surface stains, dust, dirt, and grime that can become lodged deep into the fiber. The only way to remove such stains and renewing the appearance of the sofa is to give it a thorough cleaning.

Although the dirt is not fairly visible, it is still there. In order to preserve the cleanliness and hygiene of everyone, washing upholstery on a regular basis is very significant.

Several upholstery cleaning products and machines aid in improving the look of most couches a quick process.

Typical upholstered fabric sofas need rigorous washing since dirt is embedded within the fabric. Before completely washing the sofa and to make sure no discoloration occurs, experts say to test the stain remover on a small section of the sofa upholstery and allow the cleaning product to dry completely.

After testing the cleanser, wash the sofa with upholstery shampoo and water with the use of a machine or manual brushing. Meanwhile, steam cleaning units may not require any cleaning products.

Wash the couch methodically by starting at the highest point and move down gradually.  Spend extra time on stained areas to clean them thoroughly.

Sofas with removable pillows and cushion covers make it easier to clean by simple submerging soiled fabrics in the wash with a mild laundry soap on the most gentle setting the machine offers. Most cushions dry completely overnight and are ready for use the next day

However, if the covers are not removable (upholstered), it will require suitable cleaning products to eliminate the stains and dirt.

Press clean towels to the fabric to remove as much moisture as possible and wait for the sofa to dry completely. Once completely dried, replace the covers on the cushions and pillows.

Initially, all upholstered surfaces on the sofa should be vacuumed with the available hose attachments that work best for the fabric. Lint and pet hair rollers are also useful on coarse fabric that is difficult to vacuum clean.

Essential cleaning materials you need:


  • §  Vacuum with hose attachments
  • §  Carpet/upholstery stain remover
  • §  Mild laundry soap
  • §  Carpet/upholstery shampoo


Different sofa covers require different mehods of cleaning them. Here are the basic do-it-yourself sofa washing tips we have gathered from professionals.


The process of cleaning a leather sofa is quite different to that for cleaning upholstery. Basically, refrain from using water as much as possible, because this could stain the material. A steam cleaner is a good option instead, along with cleaning products made with oils and waxes. This will clean the sofa while also moisturizing the furniture and preventing it from drying out and cracking and protecting it from future dirt and stains.


A suede couch looks sophisticated but only as long as it is kept clean and neat. It will benefit from regular quick cleaning and brushing, as well as a regular vacuum.

Use a vacuum or brush to collect crumbs and obvious dirt. Crumbs often stick to the fabric and if not removed regularly, larger crumbs and objects can cause dents and even tears in the upholstery while attracting bugs.

Use the specialized upholstery attachment for vacuuming the couch to protect the suede surface from the rougher and dirtier edges of other attachments.

Remember that the longer a stain is left, the harder it will be to remove.

To restore the nap on the fabric, rub the stain with the suede cloth first and then rub it with a terry towel dipped into white vinegar or rubbing alcohol.


Microsuede is fabric made up of tightly-woven synthetic fibers that create a durable, water-repellent surface. It may be more durable and stain resistant than those constructed with other fabric, but they are not exempted from spills and other wear.

Microsuede furniture should come with a tag printed with a code indicating what kind of cleaning solutions can be used on the material.

“W” indicates that a water-based cleaning solution may be used.

“S” indicates that a solvent-based cleaner (or one which dissolves chemical compounds) can be used.

“S-W” indicates that you may safely use both types of cleaners.


Velvet upholstery is delicate and requires special care.

Soak stains with paper towels or soft cloths as soon as spills happen.

For more persistent stains, mix some dishwashing detergent with water until suds fill the top. Aply only the suds to the stained area with a soft cloth and blot the suds onto the stains until they start to fade.


Blot the remaining stain with a clean cloth to remove any residue from the suds and allow the area to dry completely.

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