After a movie night or house party, it is no surprise your couch takes the brunt of it. Wine stains, popcorn kernels, and crumbs are occasional culprits of ruining the sofa. Apart from making your couch dirty, they are also hard to remove, along with pet hairs. When it comes to upholstery cleaning Aucklanders are not sure how to do it right without professional help. Well, here is a solution: tips that make couch cleaning hassle-free.
Tips and Tricks to Clean Your Couch
- Use your portable garment steamer to kill dust mites on your couch. Run it over the sofa and let the steam touch the surface and penetrate. You can also use a steam iron for this but skip it and vacuum instead if you have neither.
- Once steaming is done, it is time to vacuum. Use your upholstery attachment for this and go over the entire couch. Cover the back, arms, skirt, and cushions. If you can, remove the cushions and clean underneath. Using the crevice tool, clean along the seam, trim, and around the buttons.
- Use the right cleaning method by looking at the couch’s tag. A W-tag means water-based cleaners are safe, S-tag means you should use only solvent-based solution, W/S means either of the two can be used, and X-tag means vacuum and brush-cleaning only.
- If the upholstery is safe for water-based cleaning, clean out stains with enzyme-containing cleaners. Mix mild soap with warm water and try it out on a hidden patch first.
- If your cushion covers are removable, place a paper towel between the filling and fabric to absorb the cleaner. Then proceed to blot out the stain after applying the solution. Once the stain is off, dab the area with a damp cloth. For covers with S-tag, use a solvent-based cleaner for this purpose.
- Use a portable extraction cleaner to clean dirty arms and headrest. Spray the couch with a mixture of the cleaner and water and lightly brush it with a brush nozzle and vacuum the dirt. For fabrics with S-tag, it is best to call in the professionals.
- Lastly, when cleaning and drying are done, spray a sanitizing spray over the couch. This will kill any and every pathogen or germs left behind. However, make sure you only do this with water-safe upholstery. For other fabrics, skip this one or ask a professional about your options.
The couch is our partner during a binge-fest and movie night. Unlike us, they can take daily baths. Therefore, they can get dirty and dingy easily. In such cases, following proper cleaning practices can go a long way. While it is okay to clean yourself, make sure you do call in professional help if it above your level or if your couch has a solvent-only fabric.