A lot of homeowners like fabric upholstered sofas because of the limitless choice that can suit every taste and budget.
But the fabric is a magnet for dirt and grime.
The best way to protect it is to take preventive measures. You can spray soil and stain repellants, cover it with antimacassars, throws or loose covers to at least minimize the dirt and damage.
You should also run the vacuum over it at least once a week, more if it’s a high-traffic seater.
Every now and then, rearrange and swap your furniture around so as to distribute the wear.
These steps, however, are not foolproof. Eventually, your sofa will need cleaning.
Check the care label on your sofa before starting to clean. If it has one, then follow the instructions carefully. But if there is none, you need to do some quick research as to how to clean it. For delicate fabrics, you may need to dry-clean it. You might need help with this because if you apply moisture to these fabrics, it might shrink or bleed. Proceed with caution.
If the fabric is a bit rough or plush, then you will have an easier time cleaning it. You can either buy a cleaning product in home improvement centers or a buy/rent a steam cleaner. If you choose to just buy a cleaning product, make sure that it is the right cleaning agent for your sofa. Of course, follow instructions to the letter.
If you choose to steam clean, make sure that you get a good steam cleaner. It will pump water mixed with cleaner onto your sofa, and then suck it out again. You can do this once every one to two years, depending on the state of your sofa.
A steamer can usually be used if your sofa is not damaged by the water-based cleaner.
Don’t overwater your sofa and run the steamer carefully over pipings.
Afterward, open your doors and windows to help speed up the drying process. Under normal conditions, your sofa should be good and dry after twenty-four hours.
There are many products that you can use in sofa cleaning. Hydrogen peroxide, for example, can erase red wine stains.
For regular dirt and grime, a mixture of baking powder and club soda ought to do the trick. You can use denatured alcohol for stains on the sofa. There are many other products that can be used. The easiest way is to get to them as soon as they are spilled and before it becomes a stain.