How To Clean Your Sofa

Your sofa is one of the vital parts of your entire home. It is because of this reason that you have to treat it with so much care like you would do your pet or kid. Think about it for a second; who is there to provide a resting place for your back after a tiring day outside? The answer isn’t far fetched, it is actually your sofa. To get the best out of your sofa, you have to provide the right care for it, and that means cleaning it appropriately. If you are finding it difficult to clean your sofa, the following tips will be of help to you.

Know what type of sofa you have

The first thing you have to do is to determine the type of sofa you have, and that means you have to know the fabric used in making it. This knowledge will help you to know what cleaning product/method will be most effective. Each sofa from the furniture store comes with a cleaning code on the sofa’s label. The cleaning code are usually W, SW, X or S. The codes specify what cleaning method is appropriate for the sofa

  • W: means you can use water to clean the sofa
  • S: means you can use a solvent to clean the sofa
  • SW: means you can use either solvent or water to clean the sofa
  • X: means you cannot use water or solvent to clean the sofa; instead, you can use a soft brush. If the stains are deep, you can contact a professional dry cleaning outlet that specializes in furniture cleaning to help you get rid of the stain.


A hand vacuum can help you to remove dirt from your sofa. Use it to remove pet hairs, food crumbs, and specks of dust. In the absence of a hand vacuum, you can use the brush attachment of your vacuum.

Clean off the legs or frame material

A solution of water and liquid dish soap will help rid of any dirt on the legs or frame of your furniture. Use a damp towel to apply the solution, and make sure the water isn’t too much, so it doesn’t affect the furniture.

Remove stain

Removing stains from your sofa can be achieved via two methods: Natural method and furniture stain removals. Supply stores and convenient stores sell different stain remover that you can use for your sofas. Ensure you follow the instructions before you make use of the product. If you are more a natural fanatic, then you can make your own stain remover using the following ingredients.

Natural recipes to remove stains

Fabric upholstery: mix the following together in a spray bottle, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, 3/4 warm water, and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Apply on the affected area, and use a soft cloth to scrub the stain away. Use another damp cloth to remove any soap.

Leather upholstery: mix the following together in a spray bottle, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup olive oil. Spray on the affected area and clean with a cloth.

Synthetic upholstery: mix the following together in a spray bottle, 1/2 tablespoon of liquid dish soap, 1 cup of warm water, 1/2 cup of water. Spray the affected area, and wipe with a soft cloth.

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