From eliminating stubborn stains, to simply giving your sofa a refresh; here is a step by step guide to effectively cleaning your fabric couch.
What You Will Need:
- Baking soda
- Cleaning detergent suitable for fabric
- A vacuum
- A clean, dry towel
Before cleaning your couch, it’s essential that you do the following:
Check the manufacturer label for any specific cleaning instructions and to find your cleaning code.
Tackle any stains immediately. If you wait too long before treating a stain, then it will be harder to remove.
Cleaning Codes For Fabric Couches
Before cleaning any fabric sofa, you must follow the specific cleaning guidelines provided on your couches’ manufacturing tag.
- W stands for ‘water-based cleaner.’ This means you should only ever clean your couch using a water-based cleaning solution.
- S/W means you can use ‘solvents and water-based cleaners’.
- S means you can only use ‘solvents’ to clean the fabric. A solvent is a type of chemical cleaning solution.
How To Clean Your Couch: Step By Step
- Before giving your couch a full clean, be sure to target any stains first.
Remove any dust, crumbs, and loose particles by vacuuming the sofa before cleaning the fabric.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the entire couch. This not only loosens stains but also cleans the material and can help remove odors.
- Let the baking soda sit for approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Once the baking soda has absorbed into the fabric or stain, vacuum it up.
- Spot treat your sofa before using any detergents on the entire fabric.
- Once you have cleaned the fabric with either baking soda or detergent, you should then gently pat down damp areas using a dry towel to soak up moisture.
- Once you’ve completed the process and your couch is looking clean, let it fully air-dry overnight.