Your living room sofa was a significant investment in your home, so it makes sense to want to take proper care of it. By responding to spills and accidents promptly and regularly giving your furniture a deep cleaning, you can keep your sofas in tip-top shape.
Vacuuming, the most important aspect of sofa cleaning, should be done once a week. To do this, remove all cushions and use an extension to vacuum surfaces and hard-to-reach places. Dust any non-upholstered parts of the sofa.
For stain removal, first look at the bottom of your sofa to see if there are any cleaning instructions. If there are no specific instructions, create a cleaning solution out of warm water and laundry detergent. For especially rough stains, use vinegar. Start by blotting the area with the cleaning solution of your choice. Follow up by dabbling area with water, which should draw out the soil. Allow to air dry.
Always consider the fabric before purchasing any special cleaning solution. For butter stains, which are common from the popcorn lovers in the family, consider a dry cleaning solvent. Ink stains, oddly enough, can be remedied by blotting the stain with a cloth treated with hairspray. For coffee stains, mix 1 teaspoon of laundry detergent into one cup of warm water and blot the stain with a cloth that has been dipped into this solution.
Rent a shampooer from your local home improvement or grocery store to give your couch a deep clean. Be sure that the cleaning solution you purchase is appropriate for your surface. Be sure you clean the machine before and after use.
Using a special hair removal glove is an effective way to remove pet hair from the sofa. Adhesive companies also sell special removal devices including “fur fighters” and lint rollers that are designed in pet hair removal. A handy home remedy is to dampen a squeegee mop and drag across cushions; the hair will come off on the mop.
Cleaning your sofa can extend its life.
For leather sofas, use a damp cloth or leather cleaner.
Consider wood treatment that may be needed for your sofa accents.