Sofa deep cleaning seems to be a challenging task. Though it can be super easy with a high-pressure hot water steam cleaner, the device is extremely expensive and only professional sofa cleaning companies can afford to acquire it.
With the prices of professional upholstery cleaning services being also very high, cleaning your sitting area looks like a distant dream. However, there is no need to worry as you can yet do it on your own by following this step-by-step guide.
Fortunately, several cleaning detergents or solutions are available in the markets that help you clean the couch at home easily. Some kitchen ingredients also act as costly store-bought cleaners to sanitize and remove odors from a used couch. All you need to do is getting awareness about the fabric of your couch, meaning of tag codes, and appropriate cleansing agents according to the kind of upholstery.
Recognize the Upholstery
Using unsafe cleaning products may cause permanently damaged upholstery. So it is necessary to check the manufacturer’s instructions that are found on the sofa’s tags before getting into the sofa deep cleaning process.
Have a look at the cleaning code (the random letter on sofa’s tags), which refer to the appropriate cleaning agent for the upholstery i.e.
- Wrefers to the fabric that can safely be cleaned with water-based cleaners.
- W/Smeans that either solvent-based or water-based cleaners are okay to use.
- Smeans only solvent-based cleaners are safe.
- X means clean by vacuum or brush only.
Step-by-Step Guide for DIY Sofa Deep Cleaning
Once you have arranged all the required ingredients according to the upholstery of your couch, follow the given below step-by-step guide. No matter how dirty your sofa is, you can make it look brand new by DIY sofa deep cleaning.
Step 1: Remove the debris or particles (such as dust, food crumbs, and pet hair, etc.) from the surface of your couch. A stiff brush with natural bristles is best for this purpose. Pay some extra attention towards armrests, headrest, and the areas on the couch with more stains.
Step 2: This is the time to vacuum up all the fur and dirt from the couch upholstery. While doing this step, never ignore the back as well as the tiny crevices. Remove the cushions to clean the back of the couch properly. To get into the crevices, you can use a long, narrow attachment. Now, it would be easier to detect and focus on troublesome stains.
Step 3: Baking soda is a powerful cleansing agent. Sprinkle enough amount of this natural ingredient over the entire couch and leave it for 15-20 minutes. After the recommended time, vacuum it off using a brush attachment. This process will help to remove odors in addition to loosen the stains.
Step 4: This is the most vital step in the sofa in-depth cleaning process. Apply a few drops of your selected cleaning solution on any invisible area of your couch to do a patch test. Otherwise, you may end up with damaged upholstery. If the cleanser is okay, use it to remove the stains.
For this, apply the solution onto the stains and use a piece of cotton cloth or soft-bristled brush to tackle the stubborn stains. Make sure to do this softly, so you don’t damage the upholstery. Finally, wipe away the solution with a clean, dampened cloth.
Step 5: Pat down the wet areas of the couch with a dry towel to drain off the residual dampness.
Once you’ve done your work on the couch, give it a chance to dry and leave alone for one night. Next morning, you will be surprised to see that your used couch to be turned into a new one.