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Fabric Sofa: How Should You Clean It Properly?

One of the most comfortable pieces of furniture that you have inside your house is your sofa. You might use it as a place to rest in after a hard day’s work, and you spend quality time on it with your loved ones. Sometimes, you even sleep on it – by accident or on purpose.

However, sofas can be challenging to clean, especially the ones made with fabric. Today, we will give you a few things that you can try if you accidentally stain your fabric sofa. Make sure to brush up on these tips before buying sofas for sale online.

Check the manufacturer’s instructions

You should always take a look at the manufacturer’s instructions before looking for ways to clean your fabric sofa. They might have included a guide on how to clean those stains from your couch. Following this guide would be the best way to do so.

Avoid removing any part of the sofa. Doing this might void the warranty that you can still use if your couch gets damaged. You can also try looking at the tags to see if there are any instructions as to how you should clean a stain on your fabric sofa.

Don’t use water to clean it

Again, this is one of the reasons why you should check the manual or tags before trying anything else. Your instinct might tell you to clean the stain with water. But some fabric couches shouldn’t be cleaned this way.

Some couches will call for a specific solvent-based cleaner when cleaning stains. Water can stain this furniture piece, further damaging it. Consider calling the manufacturer if you cannot find the manual or tags on your sofa.

Use a vacuum

man vacuuming the sofa

A vacuum might not be the first thing that will come to your mind when you get your fabric sofa stained. However, it would help to use this device first and remove the dirt or debris that is present on the couch.

You only have to run it once or twice on the couch. Doing this ensures that you would not spread dirt or dust on the couch while cleaning it.

Prepare the cleaning mixture

After vacuuming the couch, you can prepare the substance that you will use to remove the stain on it. For example, in a clean bucket, mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Next, grab a damp microfiber cloth and dip it into your solution.

Blot the stained area with your microfiber towel. Remember not to scrub or rub on the spot, as this can further spread the stain on unaffected areas. Next, moisten a new microfiber cloth with clean water and blot the affected area with it. Doing this removes the mixture that you have applied. Ensure that you can use water on the couch. Lastly, dry it with another microfiber cloth and use a fan to dry the area quickly.

You can also consider having your couch cleaned by a professional every once in a while. It will keep the furniture looking fresh and new for a long time so that you would not have to buy a new couch every time.

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