Who remembers those cold, uncomfortable, noisy, plastic furniture covers that grandma used to protect her couch and chairs? While they’re not a bad idea to keep your furniture looking new, they aren’t really useful for the way we live today.
We want our furniture, especially couches, to be comfortable, functional and always look great. But let’s face it, couches take a lot of abuse. They are the perfect indoor trampoline for kids, they are nap central for people and pets alike, plus they tend to take the place of the dining room table more often than we’d like to admit. That means they need to be cleaned more than most other pieces of furniture.
Here are some steps to take:
1. Vacuum on the regular. Between crumbs and pet hair, there always seems to debris and dirt lurking beneath the couch cushions. Your first line of defense to clean a couch is to vacuum it often. Use the brush attachment and crevice tool to get into all the nooks and crannies. Vacuum both sides of the cushion and use a pet hair attachment or lint roller to quickly gather up pet hair.
2. Take vacuuming to the next level. Baking soda, the kitchen and cleaning wonder of all wonders, can work, well wonders on your couch. Sprinkle it on it top of cushions before you vacuum, let it sit for at least 20 minutes then vacuum up with a brush attachment. The baking soda helps remove both grime and odors.
3. Figure out your fabric. Today’s upholstery is made from fabrics that require special laundering methods; some are dry clean and some can’t be wet at all. Do yourself a favor and find your couch’s tag and decipher the label code first.
WS: Use a mild detergent with a steam vacuum or a dry-cleaning detergent.
S: Use a dry cleaner detergent only.
X: Use a vacuum only. No water.
W: You can use water to clean it.
4. Tackle the stains. Usually to clean a couch equals removing a stain. There are several commercial stain removers on the market, just make sure they are appropriate for your fabric (see above). Otherwise, you can try your hand at some homemade options, just make sure to spot check first! For fabric upholstery, use a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar, 3/4 cup water and 1 tbsp of dish soap in a spray bottle to mist the area and scrub with a soft cloth until the stain lifts. For synthetics, decrease the soap to a 1/2 tbsp. A mixture of 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup vinegar works great for leather.
5. The Whole Enchilada. Sometimes a spot treatment just won’t cut it. If your couch’s tag is marked W or WS, you can use a commercial or home steam cleaner to give it a good once over. Pick a nice day, change any microfiber cloths often and point a fan at the couch when done to help it dry completely.
Hiring The Maids professional cleaning services also goes a long way to keep your furniture clean. Our proprietary 22-step Healthy Touch Deep Cleaning System catches dirt and grime before it can make it to your couch. While we can’t be there to stop spills from happening, we can help clean them up. Go online and schedule a free estimate today.