Although you might lounge on it every day, your couch might be the last thing you think about cleaning regularly. Unfortunately, your couch can be a host to all sorts of unwanted specimens. Here are a few tips on how easily clean your couches.
Start by vacuuming all crumbs, pet hair and dirt from your couch so as not to rub debris into the fibers while cleaning. Make sure when vacuuming to lift cushions or remove any other cushions attachments from your couch. Use attachment tools on your vacuum to get under cushions and into those tight spaces between the couch cushion backs.
Do you let your furry friends lay on the sofa? Try sprinkling baking soda on the upholstered areas of your couch. Let it sit for 15 minutes; then, vacuum all the baking soda remnants from the couch. All pet odor should now be removed and your couch will smell clean and fresh. Products such as Lysol and Febreze are also good alternatives for eliminating odors from your couch cushions.
To remove stains on fabric or synthetic upholstery use the following mixture.
- 2 cups distilled water
- 1 tablespoon mild dish soap
- 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
Dampen a microfiber and gently blot the stained area. Rinse the area with tepid water and allow to dry. For tough stains consider getting your couches professionally steamed cleaned.
To help clean, moisturize and return the shine to your leather furniture here are some ideas. First, vacuum off your leather couch by using a soft brush attachment on your vacuum to avoid scratching or damaging the leather. Next, you may use a commercial leather cleaner, with water, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to clean your couch. Or, for a more “green” approach, you can use a combination of ½ cup olive oil and ¼ cup white distilled vinegar. Use a microfiber cloth to gently rub the mixture into the leather to add moisture and luster back into the surface. Wipe away excess residue with another damp cloth.
How do you approach the task of cleaning your furniture? What kind of tips can you pass on to others?