Sometimes our furniture can get nasty and just plain gross even if you clean it constantly. During this time you may find yourself using your couch a little more than the norm. You may be using it as your new office or home school and as always for recreational use. But the question remains, how do you clean your couch?

First start by determining the material of the couch. If you are unsure what type of fabric your couch may be, look for the tag or label and you will find the fabric type and cleaning instructions. There may be codes that you are unfamiliar with. Here are some codes to help assist you with the cleaning process.

  1. X: Vacuum only, no water.
  2. W: Water use to clean.
  3. S: Dry clean detergent only.
  4. WS: Steam vacuum with mild detergent or dry cleaning detergent.

After you have determined the type of fabric, then vacuum the surface and the corners with the hose. If you have a pet and the hairs just will not come out try lint rolling. This will grab the majority of your loose pet hairs. Then if your couch has any wooden or metal parts, wipe them down. You may do so with a cloth and warm water. If it is really dirty you may also use a little dish soap. Ensure that no soap residue is left on the surface as this could potentially damage your furniture.

Now if your couch has stains, you may clean it depending the fabric. Here is how you remove stains per the fabric.

  1. Leather: Put into a spray bottle 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup olive oil. Spray the cleaner on the surface and then scrub with a soft cloth.
  2. Fabric and Synthetic: In a spray bottle place 1 cup of warm water and 1 or 2 tablespoons of dish soap. Then spray the stained area and scrub with a soft cloth. Once the stain has lifted, use another cloth and with only warm water remove the soap.

Once all stains have been removed dry the surface as much as possible with a dry towel. Then allow the couch to air dry. Do not place any pillows or cushions onto the couch until completely dry.

Now you have a clean couch that looks brand new!

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