No matter how clean you keep your furniture throughout the years, your couches are still bound to get dirty. While many of us are very careful, accidents still occur and the sooner you clean them, the better your chance is of keeping your sofa stain free. Even if there aren’t any stains or accidents, it is still recommended to periodically clean your fabric sofa to keep it fresh and looking new. Instead of paying to have your sofa cleaned, there are other alternatives.
Here are a few simple things to keep in mind when cleaning your fabric sofas at home:
What NOT to do:
Never, under any circumstances, use bleach. Some people assume that their fabric sofa is white, making them wrongly assume that bleach will not be harmful. While some sofas may appear white, they have some distinct shade to them like “off white” or “egg white,” never just white. For this reason, bleach will completely drain your sofa of any color it had and whether you do it on just one spot or your entire sofa, it will be noticeable and it will ruin the appearance of your sofa. As for couches that have any other color to them, bleach will completely diminish it. In addition to bleach, you should be aware of your furnitures warranty policy. If your warranty is not up yet, do not clean it because adding cleaning solutions to it will void your policy.
Simple is better:
Sometimes less really can be more. Try to shy away from expensive products and try something simple and effective like OxiClean. While it’s noted that OxiClean is for clothing only, it’s really not. It has proven to be effective with cleaning sofas as well because it is made specifically to clean fabric. So why not a fabric sofa? For cleaning fabric sofas, the OxiClean Max Force Laundry Stain Remover Spray is your best option. It diminishes food stains, dissolves grease and oil, gets rid of dirt, and targets stains to remove them. This product is safe and will not damage your furniture but should be tested before using. The test that is recommended is called a spot test.
Spot testing is a recommended test that should be done before cleaning your fabric sofa with any new product. First, apply the product to an area of the sofa that is not seen, like the back of the skirting where the sofa comes together. Then, don’t use the product until twenty four hours have passed. Once a day has gone by, check the area that you applied the product and see if anything is different with the fabric. If you see any damage done, do not proceed to use the product on the rest of your sofa because the same reaction will occur. If all is well, the product is safe and will not harm your furniture.
Another efficient way to clean your fabric sofa is easier than you’d think and does not require buying any products that you don’t already have at home. First, get a cup of laundry detergent or lye soap, then add a gallon of water and 1/4th cup of bleach. However, be very careful to not put more than 1/4th cup of bleach because it can ruin your sofa. If you use lye soap, you don’t need to add any bleach at all. Mix the contents really well and use a soft brush to brush and clean the fabric. Clean any excess liquid with either a shop vacuum or even a towel that will capture the moisture. Once you have completed those steps, you repeat with just water and then allow your sofa to air dry.
Another way to go about doing this is to dilute biological washing powder in hot water. You can use a soft brush or towel and scrub your fabric, however be careful not to soak it. Once you’re finished, repeat the steps with just plain water and allow your sofa to air dry. Another helpful step you can add is vacuuming the surface of your sofa to maintain it and trap excess dirt, pet hairs, or anything else that’s unwanted and can be resting on your sofa.
Whichever way you choose to go about cleaning your fabric sofa, follow the instructions carefully to avoid causing any damage to your furniture. And remember, maintenance is very important. By periodically vacuuming and cleaning your fabric sofa, you save yourself less work to do when it comes time to clean it.