How to clean a fabric sofa?

A cozy couch is the perfect place to unwind the stress after a long day. We spend most of our family time on or around the couch. But how often do we notice that our go-to place at the end of the day has lost its luster?

Fabric sofas are preferred not only because it looks great, but also for its cozy and comfortable texture. Good quality fabrics also tend to withstand wear and tear better. Most fabric sofas are treated with a stain-resistant finish, so when spills happen, they can be easily cleaned with specialty products.

Fabric sofas are more prone to staining and dirtying. It is inevitable as overtime food crumbs, pet hair, dirt and oil from your hands and feet build up on the couch making it look dingy. But do not worry. Here are some fabric sofa cleaning hacks which will bring back life to your sofa making it look as good as new.

You need to review the manufacturer’s instructions
Always check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before you attempt to remove stains from your sofa. You may risk losing your warranty or flat-out ruin your sofa.

Identify the fabric
Properly reading a cleaning tag can save you lot of grief. The tag shows what the sofa cover is made out of. These tags also have instructions about the kind of cleaning products which can be used on the fabric.

o “W” represents that a water-based detergent with steam vacuum can be used.
o “S” represents that the fabric is dry clean only.
o “WS” represents that you can either use a water-based detergent with steam vacuum or a dry cleaning detergent.
o “O” represents that the material is organic and it should be washed using cold water only.
o “X” represents that you can either vacuum and use a bristle brush or hire a professional cleaning service for shampooing .
Surface clean
Once you have identified the fabric, the next step is removing any cushions or blankets on the sofa and brushing down the dirt accumulated in the nooks and corners.

Vacuum
Use a hand vacuum or brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean the dirt and debris on the sofa surface. Use a lint roller if there is a lot of pet hair which cannot be caught by the vacuum cleaner.

Remove Stains
You can use store-bought cleaners or make your own at home. Homemade cleaners are a cheaper and efficient option. Mix ¼ cup vinegar,3/4 warm water and a tablespoon of dish soap. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray it in the stained or soiled area. Scrub with a soft clean lint-free cloth on the area to remove the stains. Use a second clean wet cloth to remove the soap. Let it dry to reveal your clean sofa.

Clean the metal or wood area
Use an appropriate cleaner to clean the surface of wood or metal on the sofa. If there is a wide portion of wood exposed then it is better to spray the cleaning solution on a cloth first and rub it on the wooden surface in order to avoid spraying the solution on the sofa fabric.

Odor-free sofa
Surface clean the sofa with a clean cloth and sprinkle baking soda and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Vacuum the sofa up. It helps to eliminate unpleasant odors and also helps to break up the stains.