How to Clean Fabric Sofa Naturally
After a long day, your fabric sofa is the perfect location to relax, which occasionally involves a late-night snack or even stinky feet. You may not be aware your sofa is a bit dirty and smell, but giving it a deep-clean will helps to get rid of built-up stuff that you’d rather not think about — like leftover bits of food and sloughed-off skin cells. When you have a natural-fabric sofa, here is how to make your sofa look like new again.
Recognize the Fabric
Sofas come in lots of materials and shapes, with some even having cushions that washable and removable. When you are lucky to have a cotton-blend or linen sofa, you can easily clean it with natural materials. Before getting started, give your sofa a good once-over to knowing what it’s made from. Most have a tag or label that identifies it as:
- X: Only use a vacuum for cleaning
- SW: Either water or a solvent cleaner is safe to use
- S: Only use a solvent-based cleaner on fabric
- W: OK to use water for cleaning.
Prep Your Sofa
Get your sofa ready for grooming by using a clean and dry washcloth or white hand towel to wipe out the entire piece of sofa. Avoid using any colored towels or sponges, as the dye may alter the color of your sofa. You can also use a stiff brush for this step.
Sprinkle the entire sofa with a heap of baking soda. Baking soda helps remove lurking smells and also get rid of stains in the fabric. If you’re feeling your couch actually needs a serious clean, combine together this dry natural carpet cleaner, and then use for covering the whole fabric. Let the baking soda to sit on the sofa for at least twenty minutes and up to one hour before vacuuming using a brush attachment.
Now a closer look at the sofa to come across any lingering stains. Mix together this best cleaning solution, and do a small fabric spot test in an invisible area to check if there’s any discoloration or not. Dip the white hand towel or washcloth in the cleaning solution, and tenderly dab and rub stains — or only use for wiping down the entire sofa. You will be amazed with the results!
Just Like New
Allow the sofa to dry. It may seem darker in color until it’s absolutely dry. This cleaning way is safe to use on fabrics and can be done everytime your couch needs a cleaning — or a little touch-up.
See also: How to Clean Stains on Fabric Sofa