Are you a couch potato? Or maybe your pets spend more time in your beloved sofa than you. Here are some tips on how to clean your couch before sitting and snuggling back on it.


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Time to Vacuum

Start with a vacuum.  Take out the loose dirt and debris of the couch.  If the cushion pillows are not attached, remove it. Do not forget the gap areas where the pet hairs, dirt and food crumbs store up.  Use a lint roller to weed out the loose pet hairs. Vacuum your couch so you’re not rubbing in dirt or debris while cleaning.  This will make it easier to pinpoint and focus on the irksome stains when it comes time to clean.


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Wipe down what you can.  Clean the sofa or couch  feet and other areas that are non-fabric parts of the furniture.  Use a solution of warm water and liquid soap.

Find Out the Manufacturer Instructions

Know the type of material fabric your sofa / couch is made of.  One way or another, the manufacturer have left some essential directions or guide on how to clean your couch.  Typically, you will find one of four letter on the cleaning tag of your sofa.  Stick to the tag as your reference, manufacturers know what is the best for your couch.

W    – “Water-based cleaner.” Only use a water-based cleaner to clean the upholstery. A water-based cleaner is a type of solution that uses water as the main component.

S/W  – “Solvents and water-based cleaners.” It is safe to use both solvents and water-based cleaners.

S      – “Solvents.” Only use a solvent to clean the upholstery. A solvent is a type of solution that uses a cleaning chemical as the main component.

X   –  Use a vacuum only. No water. Or have it clean by professional

O   –  Can be wash in cold water.

Remove the Stains

Knowing the material used in your couch / sofa, it’s time to clear out the ugly stains.  You have the option to go to the store to buy commercial cleaner or can make your cleanser, which are more cheaper and Eco – friendly.    

Remove Foul Odor

Go to your kitchen cabinet and look for the box called baking soda.  Sprinkle baking soda to help remove stinky odors. Let the baking soda sit for at least an hour, and then vacuum up the baking soda.


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Let it Dry

Make it sure that the couch / sofa is dry before using it. If the couch is wet upon cleaning, grab a towel to soak up any excess water or residual moisture remaining on the sofa surface.
Open up your window and let the sunlight dry your couch or switch on the fan for speed drying.


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