Whether your sofa is leather or fabric, it’s no problem to clean – this article has five tips and tricks for keeping each of these faithful furniture staples looking great and smelling fresh.
1) How to Clean a Sofa: Start by Vacuuming
Remove all the cushions and clear away anything that’s fallen in between. Pens, coins, remote controls – it’s amazing what you can discover. Now use your vacuum to clear away any dust and surface dirt from your sofa. Use the specialist vacuum attachments to get inside the crevices, and ideally use the soft brush attachment to be as gentle possible on your sofa’s upholstery.
2) 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.
3) How to Clean Sofa Fabric: Spot Cleaning Stains
If you simply want to remove a stain from your fabric sofa, you may not need to do a thorough cleaning. You can try a mild solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid (like Vim Liquid Lemon) to treat a small stain. Make sure to test it first on an inconspicuous part of the sofa, to make sure it doesn’t damage 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 afterward.