How to Clean your Sofa Fast and Efficiently
Even if you do not consider yourself a couch potato, chances are that together with your family and pets you spend quite a bit of time on the sofa. This leads to an accumulation of dirt from spilled food, pet hair, dead skin cells, dust and other harmful residues.
This is why it is important to regularly and properly clean your sofa or other upholstered furniture. It is important especially for people who have small children allergies, eczemas, asthma, skin and eye irritations and other health problems related to dust and dust mites.
Professional cleaners and health experts recommend that you give your sofa and other upholstered furniture a professional deep cleaning at least once a year. Deep cleaning can be done via dry or steam cleaning depending on the type of upholstery being cleaned. Meanwhile, you can take regular care to keep your sofa and upholstered furniture as clean and sanitary as possible.
Hover your sofa regularly
Just like you should hover your rugs and carpets at least once a week, remember to thoroughly hoover your sofa and curtains as well. Use the soft brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner, especially if your sofa is upholstered with a delicate fabric, such as suede, velvet, silk or others.
Clean the cushions
If your sofa cushions are removable and washable, it is advisable to regularly take them off and machine or hand wash them. Before proceeding to clean your sofa, make sure you check any labels for washing and cleaning instructions. While some materials can be washed safely, others require dry cleaning only. The usual signs may include: W – safe for washing with water, S – use a solvent-based cleaner, SW – both solvents and water are safe to use, X – vacuum clean only.
Even if your sofa is washable, always perform a test on a small inconspicuous spot on the upholstery with the solution you are planning on using beforehand.
Regular wiping of the sofa with a damp white soft cloth will ensure that it doesn’t get soiled over time. Avoid using coloured towels or cloths as they can accidentally dye your upholstery.
Get some baking soda
A great tip to remove unpleasant aromas and various types of stains is to sprinkle it with baking soda generously and let it sit overnight. On the next day, hoover the baking soda off, and the unpleasant odours should be gone, along with most of the stains.
Act fast with stains
As for stains – make sure you treat them as soon as possible to avoid permanent staining. Avoid rubbing the stains. Blot them with paper towels or a clean cloth instead.