How to Clean Upholstery On a Couch: The Basics (+ How to Clean Upholstery By Yourself)
If you're going to clean anything - whether it's furniture, car interiors, counters, etc. - it's best to first know what you're working on before beginning. In order to understand which solvents or cleaners can be used to clean your furniture, it is a good idea to check the furniture care codes. As soon as you find the correct solution and apply the liquid to the upholstery, make sure that you blot with a dry towel - never rub - after you apply the liquid.
How to Clean a Fabric Sofa for Stains
1. Get to the stains quickly. You should immediately clean any spills or stains that may occur as soon as they occur. Even a matter of minutes can make a stain harder to remove if you wait too long to treat it - even if the stain only sets for a few minutes before being treated.
2. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations. It is important to check the manufacturer's instructions for care before using any cleaning products or solutions, which can usually be found on the sofa's tag, before use any cleaning detergents or solutions. Using unsafe cleaning products could result in permanent damage to your upholstery if they are not used correctly.
3. Check the cleaning codes for your fabric sofa. The letters you find on the tags of your sofa, do you know what they mean? It's actually a code that you are looking at there! Below is a table with a list of codes, as well as explanations of what they mean, which you can refer to.
4. Use a dry brush to remove loose particles. It is a good idea to go over the entire sofa with a stiff brush that has natural bristles to help loosen stains as well as bring dust and dirt to the surface.
5. Vacuum. You should use a hand-held vacuum before you scrub and clean your fabric sofa, so that any crumbs and other loose particles can be removed. Once you have done this, it will be easier for you to identify and focus on the troublesome stains when it comes time to clean them.
6. Clean with baking soda. The benefits of baking soda go beyond just cooking - it can also be used as a cleaning agent. If you sprinkle baking soda over the entire couch, the odor will be removed as well as stains will be further loosen by the baking soda. If you have any areas of deep-set stains, you can use a homemade baking soda solution to remove them. To make it, you simply mix baking soda with water in a large bowl. I recommend letting the baking soda sit for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on whether you are making a dry or wet solution. Using a brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner, vacuum up the baking soda once the stain has been fully absorbed by the baking soda. It is always a good idea to spot treat a test portion of the sofa before using a full cleaning solution on it, just as you would with any other cleaning solution.
7. Spot treat with the recommended agent. You should begin cleaning your couch with the recommended product as soon as possible. You should test a small area of the product for discoloration before proceeding if you are unsure whether the product falls within the recommendations. You should follow the instructions on the packaging whether you use a water-based cleaner or a solvent (or both) to clean the surface you are working on. If the instructions specify that a soft cloth can be used to wipe away the solution, you may do so if it is deemed safe to do so.