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How to Clean a Sofa: Cleaning Methods for Different Materials

How to Clean a Sofa: Cleaning Methods for Different Materials

Sofas are a staple of every home and even some offices, used a lot while you're relaxing and providing a comfortable place to chat, watch television or do your work.

It's natural then for sofas to get worn down and dirt over time so we've provided some tips below on how to keep your sofa clean and free of stains, regardless of whether it's made of fabric, leather or velvet.

How to Clean a Fabric Sofa

Fabric sofas are common and easy to clean with plenty of fabric cleaners and fabric softeners to help keep your sofa fresh and stain-less, helping you maintain the overall cleanliness of your office or home.

  1. Brush your sofa down - a brush will help to get rid of any loose dirt or crumbs to stop any grains being rubbed into the fabric and damaging it.
  2. Hoover your sofa - this will clear up any dirt and dust left behind from brushing your sofa.
  3. Wipe down the fabric - use a fabric cleaner to gently wipe down your sofa. This will help to remove stains and help your sofa look clean and brand new again. Some sofas can be cleaned with a water solution, others with a solvent solution or both. Remember to let the fabric dry.
  4. Use fabric freshener - using a fabric freshener or deodorising spray will help you to remove any unpleasant smells to leave your upholstery smelling fresh.

How to Clean a Leather Sofa

Cleaning a leather sofa often requires special cleaning materials that will help to keep the leather in good condition to avoid the leather from wearing down and cracking. The right cleaners and leather conditioner will make sure your leather material stays soft and supple, helping your sofa last longer.

  1. Hoover your sofa - like with fabric sofas, it's important to lift up any loose dirt before cleaning the material. Loose dirt on a leather sofa can be ground in and damage it over time, so make sure you hoover it thoroughly.
  2. Prepare a cleaning solution - leather sofas generally have to be cleaned with a mild soap or detergent. Harsher soaps with a higher pH level can damage the leather and its texture. Test the cleaning solution first to ensure you haven't included too much soap.
  3. Wipe the leather sofa down - dip a microfiber cloth into the cleaning solution and carefully wipe down your sofa before wiping again with a dry microfiber cloth.
  4. Use a leather conditioner - to keep your leather sofa in good condition, apply a leather conditioner every 6 to 12 months. This will help to keep the leather soft and prevent damage from the material drying out.

How to Clean a Velvet Sofa

Velvet sofas help add a sense of luxury and style to your home or office so it's important to make sure you treat the upholstery with care to maintain its appearance and keep it in optimum condition.

  1. Clean stains as soon as possible - if you spill something on your velvet sofa, make sure to clean it right away before it has time to set into the fabric. Create a cleaning solution out of dish soap and water and blot the stain gently before leaving it to dry.
  2. Hoover your sofa - Use a hover to remove loose dirt and dust. You can make the dirt easier to remove by brushing down your sofa with a velvet brush. Remember to always brush in the same direction as the velvet fibres.
  3. Use a steam cleaner - steam cleaners are essential for treating your velvet sofa as the cleaner will help to remove any creases in the velvet and leave the sofa fabric looking smooth. It will also stop the fabric from looking crushed and makes sure your sofa always looks brand new. Steam cleaners can also lift old stains that you have missed or forgotten.
  4. Keep your velvet sofa out of sunlight - velvet is a more sensitive material than other fabrics so make sure your sofa isn't placed in direct sunlight to avoid sun damage that can fade the colours of your sofa.

Cleaning a Sofa at Home

It's fairly easy to clean a sofa at home because you can use professional cleaning solutions to treat your sofas or homemade cleaning materials such as baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar.

Baking soda is particularly versatile for lifting stains off of the fabric and can also absorb smells and leave your sofa smelling fresh without having to resort to using chemical-based deodorants.

Lemon juice and vinegar are popular in water-based cleaning solutions but make sure you use it on the right fabric. The pH in lemon and vinegar might make your solution too harsh for a leather sofa, in which case you could use mild washing-up liquid or products like Dove soap. Remember to only use small amounts.

Homemade cleaning products are also good for making your own all-purpose cleaners that can help you to clean the fabric and leave it with a pleasant smell.

It should also be easy to acquire all the typical equipment needed to keep any sofa fabric clean, like a hoover, fabric brush and steam cleaner. 

Using Professional Sofa Cleaning Services

If you need a professional steam cleaning or a deep clean of your upholstery that covers more than just a surface wash, you can contact us to make use of our professional services to help give your sofa a thorough and effective treatment.

We use eco-friendly cleaning materials that help protect both the environment and you from any potential chemical-based allergies. Our cleaners are all trained to handle any sofa material to ensure that your sofa is getting the best care possible.

A professional sofa cleaning service will help to ensure that your sofa lasts as long as possible, keeping the fabric fresh and bright. Leather sofas will be prevented from drying out while velvet sofas will be able to retain their vibrant colours for longer.

Scheduling a professional cleaning at least once a year will help you stay on top of any potential issues you may have missed such as old stains and dirt that has become embedded in the fibres.

Whatever your sofa needs, our professional cleaners will be able to pinpoint the issue and treat your sofa accordingly.

Cleaning your sofa is relatively easy and they are fairly low maintenance. A weekly hoover and a regular wipe down will keep your sofas free from stains and dirt, helping them to last longer and enhancing the comfort of your home and the professionalism of your office.

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