The great thing about upholstered couches is that they’re not only comfortable to sit but also convenient to lounge on without the hassles of cushions sliding down or moving out of place. The not-so-great part is that most owners of upholstery furniture do not know how to clean them! Learn proper upholstery maintenance techniques to keep your couches clean and inviting.
While upholstery couches look exquisite, dirty upholstery can not only make your furniture look drab, but it drags the entire room down with it! So enough about the horrors of your dirty couch, let’s talk about cleaning it! With this step-by-step guide, you will be able to revitalize the fabric of your upholstered couch by giving it much-needed deep cleanse!
Step One: Make it Dust-Free!
Dust is one of the leading culprits that make your couch look dull and dingy. In fact, removing dirt from the material will make it look one shade lighter already! To do this, use the upholstery attachment to vacuum the entire couch thoroughly. Go over it twice, if needed, because once you dampen the material, dust can get smeared around, adding to the stains! It’s also advisable to use suitable attachment heads for vacuuming any nooks or crevices in the upholstery.
Step Two: Spot Clean Stains
Spot cleaning any stains that are easily visible is necessary. We will help you remove them when you start deep cleaning your couch. While certain types of material will demand specially formulated cleaners, you can choose a safe, homemade solution for an effective cleanse. Laundry detergent and water works well for this, just be sure to make a mild solution. Then take a clean, white cloth, soak and wring it completely before you start spot cleaning. Avoid using too much pressure as you may damage the fibers or make the couch too wet. You can apply minimal pressure to remove stains by gently rubbing in a circular motion.
Step Three: Deep Clean the Couch
Once you’ve removed the majority of stains by spot cleaning, start wiping your couch from one top end to the other, working your way down as you go. Again, you’ll need to soak and wring a clean, white cloth for this. Make sure to rinse out the cloth as it starts to get dirty or discolored, or use a fresh one altogether. The goal is to cleanse deep your couch which means having to use a small amount of pressure when wiping for the cleaner to penetrate the upholstery. It should be damp but not soaked.
Step Four: Dry and Repeat Spot Cleaning (if needed)
To dry your couch off completely, switch on all the fans in the room and open the windows so that the smell of detergent airs out properly. It’s essential that the upholstery dries up quickly to avoid mold buildup; hence, we advise leaving the couch to dry under a ceiling fan overnight to be on the safe side. Once the material has dried, you will be able to spot leftover stains (if any). To remove them just repeat the spot cleaning method written in Step 2 and allow it to dry.
With this easy cleaning guide, you will be able to breathe new life into your upholstered couch until it’s time for another in-depth cleanse! You could even try this method on an upholstered chair!