Sofas and couches are renowned for offering comfort and cosiness. Every day after a tiring day at the office, you want to relax on your beautifully designed comfy sofa. What good would a couch be if it adds to your stress instead of taking it away? Sofas and couches do get quite dirty easily and it can get frustrating having to clean them. At times, you might spill a drink over your sofa or spill food at which point you know how difficult it is to clean off. However, this is not the case. You can clean your sofa and make it look just as good as new with a few simple steps. All you have to know are the necessary steps that are required to carry out this procedure. Here are some great guidelines to clean your sofa like a pro.
Preparation: To begin with, you need to know the type of fabric your sofa is made from. The tags attached on the bottom of sofas can help you determine what material your sofa is made out of and how you should be cleaning it. ‘W’ or ‘WS’ label means your couch can be washed with water-based soap, ‘S’ means it should be cleaned with a non-water-based detergent, ‘X’ means it should be dry-cleaned or vacuumed by a professional and an ‘O’ represents an organic cloth that should be washed with cold water.
Next up, you should get the necessary equipment ready to start cleaning your sofa. Although your equipment may vary according to the type of sofa you have, you will always need some sort of a detergent, a rag, a sponge or a brush and a vacuum cleaner. Begin washing wooden and metallic components of your couch with soap and water and polish if necessary. If the cushions have removable covers, wash the covers in a washing machine and place the cushions aside. Vacuum your couch to remove as much hair, dust, crumbs and dirt from your couch as possible before scrubbing.
Cleaning with water-based detergent: Add a quarter of a cup of dish-washing detergent to one cup of water and whisk rapidly to form bubbles in the solution. Dip a sponge or brush into the liquid solution and start scrubbing your sofa in circles from top to bottom. Excess soap should be washed off with a rag to avoid leaving dark spots. Clean rags dipped in cool water should be used to clean the couch. Let the couch dry before you start using it again.
Cleaning without water: To clean your sofa like a pro, take a sufficient amount of Isopropyl alcohol to be sprayed all over your couch. Fill up a spray bottle with it and spray the Isopropyl alcohol on small sections of your sofa, so that you can easily take care of one region before the alcohol evaporates. Make use of a sponge to lift dirt from the sprayed areas. Then, use a soft brush and rub it around in circular motion to regulate the fabric.
Once you are done with the cleaning process, place the pillows and cushions back to their original places, and enjoy the look and feel of a brand new sofa!