When it comes to cleaning the house, sofas and chairs can be some of the most difficult items to clean. Whether you want to know how to clean a fabric sofa or a leather armchair, you’ll typically require special detergents or upholstery cleaners – but with the right approach, these can be very simple to use. So, while you can’t put an entire sofa in the washing machine, cleaning soft furnishings can be almost as easy.
Of course, some fabric sofas do have removable covers that are designed to withstand a gentle washing machine cycle. But, if your furniture is made out of delicate material or doesn’t have removable covers, you will need to consider other ways to clean it. Here are four tips on how to clean a sofa with ease.
1) When using upholstery cleaners, always test first
Whatever sofa cleaning method you choose, the most important thing is to always test detergents and cleaners on a small, inconspicuous area first. Never try a new cleaner in an obvious place in case it isn’t compatible with a particular material.
2) Wondering how to clean sofa fabric? Keep it simple:
Different fabrics all react to cleaning detergents differently, and you don’t want to accidentally damage or fade the fabric. Don’t apply cleaning solutions blindly: occasionally, a simple dab of water will do. If possible, try to keep fabric sofas and chairs clean by vacuuming them regularly, and treat any stains immediately – blot the stain to avoid making it worse! When spot cleaning fabric furniture, use specialist furniture cleaners (choose a product that is appropriate for the particular type of material). Always make sure to read all the instructions of your specialist furniture cleaner before applying it.