When to Clean the Sofa?
The sofa is prone to becoming dirty from dirt, pet hair, footprints, and children’s handprints, which can create unsightly stains and devalue the sofa set. However, not all cases call for cleaning the sofa at home. You should only clean the sofa yourself in the following circumstances:
- If the stains on the sofa are new.
- If there is a lot of dust and dirt.
- If you can identify the cause of stubborn stains.
- If the stains can be cleaned without affecting the entire sofa.
- If you can determine how to wash the sofa and which type of detergent to use on the sofa mattress to prevent damage.
Process of Cleaning Sofa at Home
Find out the Conditions before Cleaning the Sofa
Before you start cleaning, it is important to carefully learn about your family’s sofa to determine the appropriate chemicals or materials to use in order to clean it and extend the life of the sofa. You can refer to the code table below for more details:
|Meaning of Code
|The sofa can be cleaned with water. This is a good choice for self-cleaning sofas.
|WS or SW
|X (professional cleaning only)
|This tagged sofa is a challenge even for cleaning professionals as it cannot be cleaned with water or dry cleaning solvents, but requires specialized tools or chemicals.
Sort Stains before Cleaning
Each stain on the sofa requires a different cleaning method in order to avoid damaging the durability of the sofa’s material. Some common stains on sofas include:
- Ordinary stains such as dirt and sauce, which can be easily cleaned with water and soap.
- Stains that are difficult to remove, such as ink and grease from food, which may require specialized chemicals and should only be cleaned in the stained area.
Three Ways to Clean Sofa at Home
Leather Sofa Cleaning
Step 1: Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the entire surface and crevices of the sofa.
Step 2: Put a few drops of moisturizing soap on a soft damp cloth and gently wipe the entire sofa surface.
Step 3: Wipe again with a dry towel, repeating the process until the sofa is completely cleaned.
Felt Sofa Cleaning
Step 1: Use a vacuum cleaner to completely remove the dust from the sofa.
Step 2: Take a soft towel soaked in white vinegar or clean water and gently wipe the stains.
Step 3: After wiping, use a dryer to dry the entire sofa before use.
Fabric Sofa Cleaning
Step 1: Set the seat cushions aside and remove the pillowcase to wash separately.
Step 2: Use a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the entire surface and slots of the sofa.
Step 3: Prepare a bowl of warm water and add 1/4 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Beat well to form a thick foam and apply it evenly on the chair. This foam will remove dirt and clean most stubborn stains.
Step 4: Remove the foam from the sofa. Use a long squeegee to remove the foam on the surface of the chair and wipe away the remaining foam with a soft damp cloth. Wash the cloth and continue wiping until the sofa is completely clean.
Step 5: Place the sofa in a large, well-ventilated area to dry naturally.
Some Tips to Properly Clean the Sofa
- Wash the sofa every 6 months to maintain its lifespan.
- Regularly vacuum and treat newly attached stains as soon as possible.
- Use paper towels or washcloths to absorb wet spots and avoid getting the sofa wet or rubbing it vigorously.
- If the stains are old or severe, seek professional sofa cleaning services to ensure the quality of the sofa.
Above is a simple way to clean the sofa at home so that you can have a clean home and welcome the upcoming new year. Wishing you success and a happy Tet holiday with your loved ones on a sofa set that is as clean as new!