The style of your sofa establishes the mood in your home and is a very important piece of furniture. It’s often the focal point of the room with all other furniture arranged around it. Sofas can be expensive so it’s a good idea to know the best way of cleaning and maintaining them to keep them as new for the longest possible time.
Home cleaning your sofa – do’s and don’ts
Before you start cleaning you do need to read the cleaning code label – often located underneath the sofa. This will tell you what cleaning products you can use on the fabric that your sofa is made of. Common cleaning codes include:
W – this means you can only clean your sofa with a water-based solution. This covers soap, washing up detergent, and specialist shampoo. Don’t use any cleaning products containing harsh chemicals such as rubbing alcohol as this can cause damage.
Bear in mind you don’t need a lot of water as this can penetrate the interior foam cushion, and it’s a good idea to use distilled water to prevent ring marks after cleaning. Do blot stains as rubbing only pushes spills deeper into the fabric.
S – this indicates you can only use water-free solvents for these textiles. Specifically designed solutions include clear and rubbing alcohols and dry-cleaning solvents. Do try using baby wipes on leather or vinyl surfaces as this can gently remove excess dirt and grime.
Don’t use water-based solutions on wool, linen, cotton, or silk fabrics as these can cause natural fibres to shrink. Once cleaned fabrics with a deep pile need to be brushed to restore the raised appearance.
S-W – sometimes shown as W-S – is a mix of solvent and water, meaning you can use both wet cleaning solutions and dry solvents. Don’t saturate the fabric, and do apply any sofa cleaners onto your cloth rather than directly onto the fabric which can cause discolouration.
X – this is the code that means fabrics can only be vacuumed and brushed. Don’t attempt to clean any spills yourself as these fabrics need specialist equipment and cleaning products that can’t be purchased over the counter.
Sofa deep cleaning – your step-by-step guide
- Prepare your sofa for cleaning by removing any cushions or throws, check crevices for loose change, and other lost items!
- Use the attachment tool on your vacuum to get rid of all excess dust and dirt.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the entire area, leave to sit for around 20 minutes, and vacuum off to leave the sofa smelling fresh.
- Spot clean any stains with warm water and washing up liquid mix. Gently rub the foam into the stain, remove the dirty foam with a spoon, and blot excess with a clean, damp white cloth.
- Remove stubborn stains with a water and white vinegar mix. Spray on, and after a few minutes wipe the stain away with a microfibre cloth.
- When the sofa is completely dry put back all vacuumed cushions, and finish off with a sanitising spritz.
Professional sofa cleaning
If you don’t have the time or the energy to deep clean your sofa then simply arrange for a professional upholstery cleaner to do the job for you! Upholstery cleaning services will provide professional couch cleaning that’s convenient and gives amazing results.
Carpet and upholstery cleaning experts will ensure that the most suitable cleaning solutions are used for your sofa material. You don’t have to worry about reading the label and choosing the right way to clean – it will all be taken care of for you.
Highly trained and experienced technicians will bring all the tools and equipment needed to carry out your couch cleaning service. You won’t have to provide anything at all. After an initial assessment of the fabric type, any stains on your sofa will be pre-treated prior to the deep cleaning process.
The method of cleaning will be chosen depending on the sofa material. This could be hot water extraction where extremely hot water mixed with a cleaning solution is injected deep into the fibres. The machine agitates the engrained dirt and dust particles and then powerfully sucks them out along with almost all of the excess water. Low moisture technology ensures that your sofa dries quickly.
Dry cleaning options will also be available from your furniture cleaning service. A powder designed to absorb dirt and grime will be applied to your sofa and brushed into the fabric. A thorough vacuuming will leave your sofa clean and refreshed, and you’ll be able to use it immediately afterwards.
If you decide that professional sofa cleaning is the best option for you, you’ll be able to get a free, no-obligation quote by phone, via an online booking form, or by using a website chat feature.