Sofa Cleaner – Don’t let tough stains and messy spills cramp your style – follow this easy, step-by-step process on how to clean a fabric sofa with baking soda, cleaning detergents and more.
How to Clean a Fabric Sofa
Get to the stains quickly.
As soon as a spill or stain occurs, get to cleaning it immediately. Waiting too long before treating a stain – even a matter of a few minutes – can cause the stain to set, making it harder to get out.
Check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Before using any cleaning detergents or solutions, check the manufacturer’s instructions for care, which can usually be found on the sofa’s tags. Failing to use safe cleaning products could mean permanently damaged upholstery.
Check the cleaning codes for your fabric sofa.
You know those random letters on your sofa’s tags? Those are actually codes! Check out the table below for the list of codes – and what they mean.
Use a dry brush to remove loose particles.
Go over the entire sofa with a stiff brush with natural bristles to help loosen stains and bring dust and dirt to the surface.
Before scrubbing and cleaning your fabric sofa, use a hand-held vacuum to remove crumbs and any other loose particles. This will make it easier to identify and focus on troublesome stains when it comes time to clean.
Clean with baking soda.
Baking soda isn’t just for baking – it’s also an effective cleaning treatment. In fact, sprinkling baking soda over the entire couch will help to remove odors and further loosen stains. You can also use a homemade baking soda solution for any areas of deep-set stains; in a bowl, mix together equal parts baking soda and water. For either the dry or wet solution, let the baking soda sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Once the baking soda has fully absorbed the stain, vacuum it up with a brush attachment. And as with all types of cleaning solutions, always spot treat a test portion of the sofa before cleaning it fully.
Spot treat with the recommended agent.
Begin cleaning your couch with the recommended product. If you are unsure if the product falls within the recommendations, test a small area for any discoloration before proceeding. Whether you use a water-based cleaner or a solvent (or both), follow the instructions on the packaging. If the instructions say it is safe to do so, use a soft cloth to wipe away the solution.
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