So you bought a new couch, and it’s the most comfortable thing ever. You spend all day on it, eating dinner with your family and binge-watching TV shows. But then, one day, you notice your couch getting dirty. You start thinking about what could be causing this problem: maybe the food crumbs from when your kids dropped their chicken nuggets on the couch? Or perhaps it’s just normal wear and tear? Maybe both! In any case, if you want to keep your favorite piece of furniture clean for as long as possible (and who doesn’t?), there are some things you can do about it.
You want it to last as long as possible, so you clean it regularly with either soap and water or a special cleaning product. But do you know how to clean a couch the right way? Here’s everything you need to know about how to do it properly:
The first step to cleaning your couch is to identify the fabric. This will help you determine what type of cleaning method will work best for your couch, as well as how much time and effort you’ll need to put into it.
Some fabrics are more sensitive than others, so even if cleaned incorrectly, they won’t show signs of damage immediately. For example, suede should never be cleaned with water or steam because it could cause permanent damage! On the other hand, microfiber can be cleaned with simple soap suds without worrying about ruining its appearance or structure over time (as long as there aren’t any stains).
Test any cleaning product you’re going to use on your couch, even if it’s a commercial product. This is critical if you’re using a bleach-based product like diluted household bleach because the chemicals in these products can damage fabrics.
Some fabrics are more sensitive than others and can be damaged if they come into contact with certain chemicals or cleaners.
If there’s any chance of this happening, test out a small patch of your couch first before proceeding with the entire cleaning process.
Start by vacuuming your couch thoroughly to remove any surface dirt, crumbs, and other debris. This will help loosen up the dirt that has collected on the fabric of your couch.
Once you’ve vacuumed, use a damp cloth or sponge with warm water (not hot) to wipe down the entire piece of furniture. Make sure to get into all of those nooks and crannies where dust loves to hide! As an added bonus, this step will also help remove some stains from your upholstery that may have been left behind by kids eating snacks off it or pets jumping up onto it too often (or both).
For tougher stains, like pen marks and ink, try using hydrogen peroxide (if your couch is white) or rubbing alcohol (if your couch is dark).
If the stain is still there, try using an enzyme-based laundry detergent instead of dish soap or vinegar. Enzymes are natural proteins that break down organic matter by attacking specific molecules in stains. They work better than other types of cleaners because they cover up the stain and remove it from your couch fabric. However, read the label on your detergent before purchasing it; some brands contain bleach and could cause discoloration if used improperly (or if you have light-colored couches).
After you’re done with your couch cleaning, you must dry the furniture thoroughly before using it again. If damp spots on your couch remain, they could lead to mold growth or mildew if left unattended for too long. To ensure this doesn’t happen, use a towel or cloth to wipe down any excess moisture and let the piece air out for at least 24 hours before sitting on it again.