How to clean sofa: tips to keep your furniture always clean

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The sofa is perhaps the most important piece of furniture in a house, offering comfort and moments of relaxation. As it is not common to change it frequently, it is very important to know how to clean the sofa so that it is always in good condition and maintained.

We have some great tips for you who want to clean your sofa but don’t know-how.

Daily cleaning on the sofa

The day-to-day maintenance of the sofa is very important to ensure its good condition.

For this to happen, it is important to do a more superficial cleaning with a vacuum cleaner to avoid the accumulation of dirt that falls in everyday life, which can be used on any type of sofa.

Dust particles are always in the air and, even if they are not visible to the eyes, they affect the hygiene of the sofa, so the vacuum cleaner is the most suitable.

Recipe to eliminate sofa odors

A bad smell on the sofa is quite unpleasant, isn’t it? To avoid them, you can prepare a very simple mixture, with easily accessible ingredients.

Woman cleaning the sofa, a method that ensures conservation. Sofa cleaning with spray mixture. Source: Pinterest

You will need:

  • 1 spray bottle;
  • 1 liter of water;
  • ¼ glass of liquid alcohol;
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda;
  • ½ cup of vinegar;
  • 1 tablespoon of fabric softener.

Mix everything and place in a spray bottle. After that, apply to the sofa at a distance of approximately 40 centimeters.

Tips for removing hair from dogs and cats

Animals are part of the daily lives of many people, they are family members, but they can shed a lot of fur around the house, and on the sofa, it is no different. A tip to remove the hair is to vacuum the sofa; another option is to use masking tape.

Dog lying on the couch, an act that can leave hairs on your furniture. Dog fur on the couch.

Wrap it around your hand with the sticky side out and rub the tape all over the place that has hairs, so you’ll eliminate all of them.

How to dry clean sofa

You have a few options for this cleaning: the first option is to hire a professional; the other is to buy a dry cloth or even bet on baking soda or alcohol to accomplish this task.

The dry cloth comes with instructions for use. For cleaning with baking soda, throw it on the sofa and let it act for 15 minutes; after time passes, remove it with a vacuum cleaner.

For each fabric, a way to clean

Each sofa fabric requires a specific cleaning method and this is always specified on the sofa label.

How to clean suede sofa

For suede sofas, you can vacuum it to remove dirt from the sofa surface, such as dust, sand, animal hair, among others. It’s good to do this process at least once a week.

Suede sofa, a fabric that is more difficult to clean.

For dirt that is a little more difficult to remove, you can use neutral detergent with a damp cloth, which is great for removing residues caused by food, grease, beverages, etc. Then finish with a dry cloth to remove excess moisture. Remembering that the faster the cleaning of dirt, the easier removal.

Now, if the stain is more intense, use a microfiber cloth dampened with vinegar rubbing the stain with vertical movements.

How to Clean Velvet Sofa

The ideal for this type of fabric is to make it waterproof to prevent dirt and stains; this process is great for sofa conservation.

Gray velvet sofa, waterproofing it prevents stains and dirt.

To clean the sofa, you can vacuum it or use a brush with soft bristles to remove dust; after that, mix a liter of warm water with ¼ of white vinegar, moisten a clean cloth with this mixture and wipe it on the sofa.

If the stain on your velvet sofa is more difficult to remove, repeat this process with a sponge, then wipe off the excess with a dry cloth and let it dry naturally. Vinegar, in addition to helping to clean, also removes any odor you have on the sofa.

How to clean fabric sofa

If your fabric sofa is very dirty, you can first vacuum it and then, with a brush, apply a solution made with warm water and a tablespoon of liquid coconut soap. Remove the excess with water and, if necessary, repeat this process.

Sofa made of gray fabric, a simple material to clean.

Another possibility is to clean your sofa with ¼ of white vinegar with a quart of warm water. Wipe this mixture gently with a clean, soft cloth.

How to clean suede sofa

Using a waterproofing spray helps prevent any stains from becoming permanent, but before buying this type of spray, it‘s important to check which type of product is safe for your sofa.

Suede is a material that can be stained, so waterproof the fabric to avoid accidents.

For weekly cleaning, you can use a dust mop or even a vacuum; on the pillows, it is interesting to use a brush or a terry cloth, always remembering to remove them to check if any dirt has fallen between them.

If you have stains on your suede sofa, moisten a terry cloth with white vinegar or alcohol, pressing it over the stain; avoid making circular movements, as they can wear out the sofa, so it is best to carry out back and forth movements.

How to Clean Leather Sofa

Cleaning the leather sofa is a little easier than the previous ones, but it is very important to pay attention to some details.

There are two types of leather sofas and each of them has a different way of cleaning, so here are some tips:

Anilined leather

For this type of leather, use a soft, dry brush and then vacuum. After that, pass a cotton cloth moistened with a mixture of 150 ml of alcohol in 3 liters of water.

Smooth leather

Cleaning smooth leather is simpler, as you only need a soap or soap with fabric softener or even a cloth with water and mild detergent for carpeting.

Black leather sofa, the material is easy to be cleaned.

To remove the excess soap that will remain, moisten another cloth with 50 ml of vinegar and alcohol in 3 liters of water and lightly wipe it on your sofa.

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