How often do you think about cleaning your sofa? Probably not very often, possibly even never. But when you think about it, it’s one of the central pieces in your apartment and you probably use it every day. You wouldn’t go for months on end without changing your bed sheets, right? Let’s hope not! So there’s a good solid chance your sofa could use a little bit of cleaning.
First you’ll want to identify what materials the covering on your couch is made from. The tag will probably denote materials and cleaning methods like this:
W means water is fine to clean with
S means use only solvent based cleaners
SW means both water and solvent based cleaners are suitable
X vacuum only
Hopefully your couch is made from natural materials and you can clean it with water based products. If this is the case, you can use these steps to give your sofa its much-needed cleaning:
Using a (white, non-colored to prevent color transmitting) dry cloth or a bristle brush, wipe down all the surfaces to remove any loose dirt and debris
- Lightly dust the couch in baking soda which will absorb odors. Let set for 15 minutes and then use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to suck up all the baking soda, loose stuff between and underneath cushions, pet hair, and dust.
- Spot treat any stains with some gentle carpet cleaner and a white washcloth
Simple enough, right? For couches upholstered with materials other than cotton, use this comprehensive guide to find your perfect sofa cleaning instructions!