How to Clean a Couch

Clean your sofa

The couch in your home is one of the most used pieces of furniture you own, which means it’s probably one of the dirtiest even if it doesn’t look that way. Cleaning a couch is no easy task, especially since materials range from cotton upholstery to leather. Not all materials are safe to clean with normal household cleaners, and doing so can damage the fabric by leaving marks or spots. Having your couch professionally cleaned is the best and safest option for preserving and protecting the material, but if you want to do a touch-up job between cleanings, it’s important to follow the proper procedure.

Couch material

Identifying your couch’s material is essential before you touch it with any cleaner. Find the fabric tag on your couch to help identify the safe ways to clean it from the letter code used by the manufacturer. The codes indicate which cleaning agents are safe to use on the material.

W – water-based detergent
S – dry clean or water-free
WS – water based or dry cleaning is safe
O – organic material washable in cold water
X – only safe to vacuum, cleaning requires professional dry cleaning

Cleaning the couch

Once you know what type of cleaner is safe for your couch, purchase it, read the directions carefully, and work in a well-ventilated area. Vacuum the couch with an upholstery brush attachment and remove any ground-in dirt with a bristle brush. Look for the dirtiest spots on your couch, usually the armrests and headrests, and make a mental note to pay special attention to them. Remove the cushions and vacuum beneath them and in the corners of the couch. If you have help, turn over the couch and vacuum the bottom to remove dirt, pet hair, and dust. No matter what type of cleaner you’re using, spot test it in an inconspicuous area before applying it to the rest of the couch. Follow the directions on the cleaner carefully to prevent damage and ensure optimal results. Let the couch completely dry or air out before using it again.

Protecting your investment

While at-home-DIY procedures are fine for spot cleaning or periodic cleaning of your couch, they’re not as thorough as a professional cleaning. Your couch is a big investment, and a popular place to relax, which means replacing it is not only expensive, it’s also inconvenient. When you have our experts at Embassy Cleaners take care of your couch cleaning, you know we have the experience and training to do the job correctly and quickly. We evaluate the material of your couch to determine the correct cleaning technique for all areas, even heavily-stained regions, and then use our specially formulated upholstery-cleaning agents to clean the couch safely and powerfully.

Better results with professional cleaning

With our many years of experience, you can be certain that we’ll perform all couch cleaning jobs according to the best practices of the professional upholstery cleaning industry. Not only will your couch last longer if it’s cleaned professionally, but it will also improve air quality in your home by removing dirt, dust, and other pollutants that hide in the crevices of your couch. Leather couches, especially, require expert care as not only do they become dirty, but the leather loses softness and moisture over time. Trying to clean your leather couch on your own can result in permanent damage, so trust the leather cleaning experts of Embassy Cleaners with that task instead. We can even add a protectant to certain materials following the cleaning, making your couch more resistant to daily wear, dry soil stains, and water-based stains. If there were any odors present from smoke or other sources, we could apply a deodorizer to neutralize the source.

While cleaning your couch on your own might save some money, it’s time-consuming and can damage the material when done improperly. Restore your couch to its original beauty and protect it for years to come by having Embassy Cleaners give it the care it deserves.


One Comment on “How to Clean a Couch”

  1. That’s fascinating to know about the code indicators of the materials and how to clean them. It’s something that I just found out about, maybe I should start reading the tags of each couch more frequently. So, before doing the upholstery cleaning my goal would now be to check for each of these codes.

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