How To Clean Fabric Sofa


Sofa is a place where we spend most hours of the day when at home. A place where we relax ourselves while enjoying watching television with a cup of tea and snacks. However, how careful you are you get tea spills and other stains on the sofa and it's the worst part.


Cleaning a sofa is the tedious task you find in your household cleaning especially when it comes to fabric sofa. Stains are more difficult to clean from fabric sofas. Also the fabric upholstery becomes dustier as compared to other upholstery. And it becomes a big headache for you to clean and dust it.


But not to worry. Here is a complete guide on “How to clean fabric sofa” easily and safely.

Cleaning Method

The very first thing that comes in one mind for cleaning the fabric sofa will be the use of cleaning products. And why not that’s the simple and easy way. You can use an upholstery cleaner to clean it. Simply spray upholstery cleaner on the sofa and leave it for a few minutes and then wipe it away with the help of a cloth.


Fabric sofas can also be cleaned with the help of a steam cleaner. Just run the steam cleaner entirely over the surface and once done with it, allow it to dry completely. It proves to be very effective.


The other way to clean a fabric sofa is to use homemade cleaners.  All you need for this is water, vinegar and dishwashing liquid.  Mix 1⁄2 cup vinegar and 1 tbsp. dishwashing liquid in 1 cup of warm water. Pour it in a spray bottle and spray it all over the sofa and then leave it for 20 minutes and then wipe away.  Vinegar has acetic acid that helps a lot in cleaning.


But remember before you go for any cleaning method you should vacuum clean the sofa first to remove the dust and dirt particles.

Removing The Stains

Even after cleaning, some stubborn stains remain there. No worries… Here's the solution for treating the stains.


Mix ½ cup of dishwashing liquid and 1 cup cold water in a spray bottle and spray it over the stained areas. Rub it with the help of a clean cloth until the stains start disappearing and then clean with water.  If the stains are too stubborn then you can use 1 tsp of ammonia and ½ cup cold water.


The other way you can try is the use of baking soda. Baking soda will be best for removing the greasy stains. Make a paste by mixing baking soda with water, paste should not be of a runny consistency.  Apply this paste on the stains with the help of a toothbrush and rub it for a few minutes and then leave for 15-20 minutes. Afterwards brush it off or vacuum clean.



Getting Rid of the Odor from Sofa

After you have done cleaning and removing the stained the next thing to do is eliminate the odors from the sofa. If cleaning won’t help in getting rid of bad odors from the sofa, here is the remedy for it.


Just sprinkle some baking soda all over the sofa surface and leave it for 30 minutes. Afterwards vacuum clean the sofa to lift up the baking soda particles. Baking soda is considered to be a natural deodorizer and proves to be very effective. You can use it safely.

How Often to Clean Fabric Sofa?

No one likes to sit on dirty sofas. Besides the visible dirt, bacteria can grow on the surface which is not at all good for your health. So it is advisable to clean the fabric sofa every six months, best if you go to professional upholstery cleaning services.


Along with deep cleaning, clean your sofa with the help of a vacuum cleaner. You can also use an upholstery brush to remove the dust particles. Clean the stains on spot and don't keep them for later cleaning as it will be more difficult to clean afterwards.


Things to Be Taken Care Off While Cleaning

Before going for any cleaning method do check the instructions mentioned on the label of sofa to check whether the sofa covers are safe for machine washing or can you use cleaning products on it.


Use good quality cleaning products that do not damage the fabric. Before using any cleaner, first check it on a small area of the sofa, if it causes discoloration then do not use it. When using the detergent or ammonia for cleaning do not leave it for a longer time.


Follow the instructions mentioned on the label. Clean with care, not to cause any damage to the fabric. Do the cleaning regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust and dirt particles. Go for the home made cleaner if commercial cleaning products won't help. Try to keep the sofa as clean as possible.