Sofa Cleaning – How To do it yourself at your home?
It is an inevitable fact that all sofas get dirty. Chip crumbs, dirts and small particles find their ways into the cracks of the sofa and pets track mud all over the surface of these sturdy pieces of furniture called sofa. Luckily, cleaning all types of sofa is relatively very easy – all you need is a bit of free time and some good cleaning supplies. Before you whip out the cleaning spray, take some time to learn how to clean sofa at home and how to do it properly. Remember, sofa cleaning is different for different types of fabric.
Pre-Cleaning the sofa
- First vacuum up large particles from your sofa. Before deep-cleaning of sofa, use a dust buster or a hose attachment on a full-sized vacuum cleaner to remove any surface debris, dirts or particles from the surface of the sofa. For this-
- You can use long, narrow dust buster to get into the crevices of sofa.
- Then, vaccuum all the surfaces of the cushions.
- Lastly, side the cushions and vaccuum the base and other parts of sofa.
- One of the best way to protect you sofa from dust is to spray soil and stain repellants, cover it with antimacassars and throws or loose covers to minimize the dirt and damage.
- Then make use of a bristle brush. If you find any spot in sofa with heavy dust or dirt cake then use a brittled brush for beaking the spots and releasing dirt. Note:Give a sufficient force – but not hard enough to damage the fabric.
- Remove fur and lint. It is seen that average vacuum cleaners is not able to remove lint or your pet hair. For this, use a lint roller to remove all the left dirts that are not cleaned by vaccum cleaner.
- Wipe down exposed hard surfaces. Almost all the sofas have some exposed wood or other materials, make sure to clean them also. Find a cleaning product appropriate for the surface you want to clean and clean them or simply wipe tham.
- Last and most important step is to determine the sofa fabric. Get the tag that shows what the sofa cover is made out of. These tags usually contains instructions for what cleaning products you should use on the sofa fabric.
- “W” tells to use a water based detergent with a steam vacuum.
- “WS” tells one can either use a water-based detergent or a dry-cleaning detergents.
- “S” tells to use only a dry-cleaning detergent.
- “O” tells that the material is organic, and that must be washed with cold water.
- “X” tells to use either vacuum or bristle-brush only, or just call a professional service for shampooing.
- Do Pre-condition of the sofa fabric. Purchase fabric pre-conditioner online as it might not be available in ordinary shop. This can simply dissolve and loose soiled debris and oil in a easy way during shampooing. Spray this pre-conditioner at all over the sofa surfaces on which you plan to shampoo.
- Make detergent and water solution. Mix 3 ounces of water-based detergent with 3 ounces of water in a bowl or other container.
- Test your detergent solution. Dip a small rag into the detergent and water solution and rub it on a small portion of the sofa. For this:
- First let the solution sit on the fabric for approximately 10 minutes, then examine it.
- Press a paper towel on the test spot to check if any of the fabric’s dye comes off on it.
- If there is 0% discoloration, move on to the next step.
- Prepare the steam vacuum. Note: Different models of steam vacuums looks different. Here you can see the preparation of average type of steam vaccum.
- First locate the tank on your team vacuum, and unscrew the cap to keep the liquid in.
- Then, pour the fabric shampoo and water solution into the tank and replace the lid.
- Attach the hose if it is not attache permanently.
- Finally, Attach the stair or upholstery attachment to the end of the hose.
- Apply shampoo to the sofa Place the nozzle towards the sofa’s fabric and put the button on to release the solution contained in the tank. Keep the button presssed and move the nozzle across the sofa;s surface in a grid pattern. Be confirm that you apply the shampoo to the entire sofa.
- Remove the excess leftover detergent Release the button so that release of solution is stopped and move the nozzle towards the surface of the sofa once more in the way as shown above to suck excess detergent back into the vacuum.
- Repeat the process if necessary If there are some spots that needs extra shampooing,treat them with the nozzle. But, don’t over-shampoo any area, otherwise it will result in permanent discoloration.
- Make the sofa dry Finally leave the sofa alone under the fan until it air dries completely.
- Buy a leather cleaner. Purchase a leather cleaner which are specifically designed for leather upholstery. If you cannot find such products at the local grocery store, search it on larger departmental store like Target or Walmart or simply buy online.
- Make a cleaning solution with white vinegar. If you don’t want to spend money on a leather cleaner, you can make an effective cleaning product easily at home. Just mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a bowl and your cleaner is ready.
- Apply the cleaner to your couch. If you don’t want to apply the cleaner directly to the surface of the sofa, you can easily apply it to with a rag and use that to apply it to the leather. Wipe the rag over the entire leather sofa in a grid pattern.
Remember ! The rag must be damp, but not soaking wet.
- Wipe the sofa clean. Use a fresh and dry rag to wipe the leather clean of the cleaning products you just applied to the surface.
- Condition the couch overnight. After applying solution or cleaner to the leather sofa, leave this solution work on the sofa overnight, or for about eight to ten hours.
- Finally, buff the sofa. After you have let the couch condition overnight, rub the sofa with another fresh and clean rag. This will make your leather sofa shiny and healthy, like new!