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How to clean your fabric couch

July 22, 2022 3 min read

How to clean your fabric couch

Cleaning your fabric couch is vital in keeping your couch in a good condition. Cleaning and getting stains off your fabric couch does not have to be a total nightmare. You can get your fabric couch to look as good as it did the day you brought it home effortlessly. Okay, maybe not effortlessly, some effort might be required but we are certain that the results of your efforts will be greatly appreciated. 

Things like oil, paint, nail polish, other food bits, and colourful beverages, can stain your fabric couches quickly. The main thing is acting quickly to remove those stains. If you have fabric couches that are lighter shades, it most probably is an eyesore to leave the couch stained for a long period. 

Of course, the first step to keeping any couch stainless is to ensure that whoever is near the couch or using the couch is careful with what they do around the couch. However, mistakes are bound to happen. Almost Murphy’s Law in this case. 

We have managed to find the quickest and easiest ways to save your couch from looking like it's been through the war and back. Some stains may need a little extra treatment to be removed, so you will have to be the judge of which methods and detergents you make use of when removing stains from your couch. 

Grease and oil stains

Oil and grease are the absolute worst of all, using dishwashing soap is the answer. Dishwashing liquid is designed to cut through grease and oils quickly. Add a teaspoon of the liquid to 2 cups of water and blot the stain with the use of a cloth or sponge. Dry-cleaning cloths are designed to cut through grease and oil quickly too, so if you cannot use water-based detergents on your fabric couch, then this will be a viable option for you. 

Clean your fabric couch using vinegar

The fact that it is safe to use on most fabrics makes it a great choice for cleaning your fabric couch. It tackles stubborn stains easily. Mix 1 cup of warm water with 1 cup of vinegar and use a cloth to blot the stains or dirt Be sure to not rub the solution all over because this will cause you to spread the stain even more. 

Deep cleaning your fabric couch

Sometimes just cleaning out a few stains does not make your couch look and feel brand new. Deep cleaning the entire couch is a great way to completely clean out the couch and remove all known and unknown dirt that might be lurking on your couch. Follow these simple tips to get your fabric couch looking and feeling gorgeously clean: 

  1. Remove small crumbs and dirt by brushing the couch with a small brush
  2. Use your vacuum’s brush attachment to get the sticky dirt off
  3. If possible, remove the cushions of your couch a clean them separately
  4. Sprinkle some baking soda over the couch and leave it that way for 20-30 minutes. In the sun if you can
  5. Use your vacuum to get the baking soda off the couch
  6. Allow the couch to air dry

Steam clean your couch

Using a steam cleaner to clean your fabric couch is another very useful way of making your couch beautiful again. The heat and water that the steam cleaner uses to clean your couch make it a suitable choice for your fabric couch. To make the job easier, select a steam cleaner with an upholstery attachment. Simply following the instructions of the steam cleaner will help you clean your couch easily. Remove the cushions from the couch and clean one side at a time. Allow each side to dry so that your couch does not end up smelling damp. 

Take care of your fabric couch all the time and your couch will serve you well for the years to come.