How to Clean a Sofa: Start by Vacuuming
Remove all the cushions and clear away anything, pens, coins, remote controls, that might have fallen down between them. Now use your vacuum to clear away any dust and surface dirt from your sofa. Use the soft brush attachment to be as gentle possible on your sofa’s upholstery, but don’t be afraid to get right inside those crevices.
Read the Care Tags for your Sofa
Most sofas come with a care tag or certificate that provides instructions on cleaning. Read these closely, as they will advise on the right kinds of products to buy and the right method to use. If your sofa has removable covers, you may even be able to zip them off and either machine-wash or dry-clean them.
How to Clean a Fabric Sofa: Spot Cleaning Stains
If you simply want to remove a stain from your fabric sofa, you may not need to do a thorough cleaning. First try treating it with a mild solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid. Make sure to test it on an inconspicuous part of the sofa first to prevent damage to the fabric. Apply the product gently with a clean, damp cloth – do not get the sofa too wet, and do not rub the stain as this may make it more difficult to remove. Rinse the area by using another clean, damp cloth, and then let it air dry.
A sprinkle of baking soda will keep your sofa smelling fresh — just remember to dust the powder away afterwards.