how to clean couch upholstery

How to Clean Couch Upholstery

A couch is usually the largest piece of furniture in anyone’s home. That being said, when your couch isn’t in peak condition, it becomes easily noticeable. That’s why so many people want to know how to clean couch upholstery. 

Fortunately, it can be easy to keep your couch looking clean and taking its rightful pride of place in your home. Take a look at some of these top tips for cleaning up everyday signs of use or stains.

1. Find The Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the best-kept housekeeping tips you’ll need to know. It’s ideal for picking up grime, dirt, and bacteria. It works similarly to carpet cleaning powder. You can sprinkle generously onto your couch and let it settle for twenty to thirty minutes.

Once the time is up, vacuum the sofa until all the baking powder is up. You should find that your couch has a new lease of life. If you aren’t sure about using baking soda, test a small amount out on your upholstery in an inconspicuous spot. Most couch upholstery responds well to it.

2. Tools to Use

The two best tools in a couch cleaner’s arsenal are a dry brush and a vacuum. Using a dry brush will ensure you can loosen any bit of dirt or debris and collect leftover hair if you have pets.

Your vacuum will remove everything you’ve been able to loosen but it may also have some tools that can get into the crevices of your couch. 

3. Removing Stains

How easy it is to remove a stain will depend on the type of stain and the type of upholstery. If you’re trying to tackle a tough stain, try the following mixture:

  • 3/4 cup of warm water
  • 1/4 vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of dish soap

Add the mixture to a spray bottle and spray generously on the stain. Even if the stain is dry, it’s often better to blot rather than scrub. It’s not always possible to remove tough stains without professional help.

If you want to save your couch, you may need to call some experienced cleaners with specialist equipment to help you.

4. Steam Clean

Now and then, your couch is going to need a deeper clean than a vacuum can offer. You can deep clean a couch by using a steam cleaner or a carpet cleaner. If you borrow the cleaner from someone else, be sure to check the cleaning solution is suitable for your couch before you start.

Check the water levels and vacuum any debris away first. Using a steam cleaner isn’t the same as using a vacuum cleaner. Remember that you’ll need to use a slow and even movement for the best results.

How to Clean Couch Upholstery Properly

If you’re wondering how to clean couch upholstery, it’s likely your couch needs more than a quick vacuum. Take a look at the upholstery cleaning services that we offer at Sunlight Carpet Care and get in touch today.

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