Follow these five easy steps to get your sofa back to binge-watching shape!
Use the brush attachment or a handheld vacuum to clean the dirt, dust and debris from underneath and between your sofa cushions. If you can, remove the cushions completely and vacuum all the nooks and crannies. Use a lint roller to remove any stubborn pet hair left behind.
2. CLEAN WOOD AND METAL
Wipe down the couch legs and and any other parts of the sofa not made of cloth. Use a mixture of warm water and dish soap for metal, your favorite wood cleaner for wooden legs and a lint free cloth.
3. CHECK YOUR FABRIC
Not all fabrics are created equal and not all fabrics can be cleaned the same. Check the sofa tags to determine the type of fabric and how to clean it. Here are the most common codes found on the tags:
4. SPOT TREAT STAINS
Stains should ideally be treated before they have a chance to set in, but if you didn’t get the chance you can try to lift them with a homemade or commercial cleaner.
Mix ¼ cup vinegar, ¾ warm water and 1 tablespoon dish or Castile soap in a spray bottle. Lightly mist the soiled area and scrub with a soft cloth until the stain lifts. Use a second clean, damp cloth to remove the soap and dry with a clean towel.
Mix ½ cup olive oil with ¼ cup vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray the cleaner on the couch and buff with a soft cloth.
Mix ½ cup vinegar, 1 cup warm water, and a ½ tablespoon of liquid dish soap or castile soap into a spray bottle. Mist the soiled area and scrub with a soft, clean cloth.
5. LEAVE TO DRY
Soak up any remaining water with a clean towel and leave to dry. If you live in a humid climate you might consider placing an oscillating fan in front of your sofa to help speed up the drying process. This is important as water can cause fabric and cushions to mildew.
Get your couch extra fresh with this homemade couch deodorizer and sanitizer!
In a spray bottle, mix equal parts warm water, white vinegar and an essential oil known for it’s disinfectant properties – peppermint, tea tree, cedarwood, lavendar or eucalyptus for example. Lightly spray the sofa with the solution and let it sit for
a few minutes before vacuuming.
*Always remember to properly read the cleaning tag and check the manufacturers instructions before first.