Sofa or couch cleaning should be part of your regular home cleaning routine. When you vacuum the carpets, vacuum the upholstery as well. I recommend doing this every week. Vacuuming removes dirt from the surface of the furniture so it doesn’t get into the fibers.
What do you need to clean a sofa?
Avoid eating on the couch
The best way to keep a couch clean is often not to get it dirty in the first place. Probably the best way to avoid stains and dirt on furniture is to establish prevention rules at home. For example, don’t let anyone eat on the sofa, couches, or chairs. Also, do not put shoes on the sofa. To ensure that no one forgets this rule, simply do not let anyone enter the house with shoes on.
Avoid smoking near the sofa
Smoke from cigarettes, cigars, or cooking can also damage the fabric. If you don’t have a built-in exhaust hood, attach a fan to the window to draw in the air.
Pets should keep away from the sofa
Also, don’t let your four-legged family members rest on your furniture. Dogs and cats instinctively scratch or “dig” where they want to rest. If you have very fragile or expensive furniture, you can simply ban pets from the room.
Another option is to use removable, easily washable sofa covers.
If you are buying furniture for the first time, it is best to cover it with a protective cloth. This really works. Once the sofa is covered with a protective layer, stains are surprisingly easy to clean by simply sponging.
If your furniture is not covered with a protective coating, time is not on your side: you need to act quickly on stains. If a liquid has been spilled, blot it up as much as possible with a clean towel. Note that you should not rub the fabric as this could damage it even more. Use a stain remover that is specially designed for upholstery. Test the cleaner on an inconspicuous area first to make sure it won’t damage the fabric. After applying the cleaner, gently work it into the fibers with a soft brush in a circular motion. Once dry, vacuum the fabric.
Use of professional cleaning services
Regular maintenance is very important. However, regular professional cleaning is also warranted. Use professional couch cleaning services to clean upholstery approximately every two years. These cleanings are prophylactic against the gradual appearance of permanent stains. Once your furniture is stained, it is almost impossible to restore it to the way it looked when you bought it.
Protect furniture from direct sunlight
Another possible source of damage that you may not think about is the sun. You need to protect your furniture from direct sunlight. Ultraviolet rays can cause your furniture to fade or dry out. Silk fabrics are even more sensitive.
To extend the life of your sofa, turn over any loose cushions regularly. This will evenly distribute the wear and tear and prevent the cushions from forming permanent dents. Plus, fluffing the cushions helps maintain their shape.
You love your furniture because it’s beautiful and comfortable. If you take care of it, it will look as good as the day you brought it home.