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Upholstered Sofa Cleaning: Your Complete Guide

Upholstered sofas are a favorite among homeowners and designers alike. Not only are they available in a range of different styles, colors and designs, upholstered sofas add a welcoming touch of comfort to any decor. A much as you love this piece of furniture, when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your upholstered couch, though, you might be a little less clear on the details. Our sofa cleaning guide is designed to give you all the tools and information you need to protect your investment and make it look beautiful for as long as possible.

How to Clean Your Sofa

The first thing you should know about cleaning your sofa is that you need to add it to your regular cleaning routine. Just like your carpets and drapes need regular cleaning, so too does your sofa. Be sure to clean up any spills or stains promptly from your sofa. Using a cleaning solution that specifically notes that it’s safe for the fabric of your sofa and a clean cloth, spot clean the stains by using a blotting motion rather than a rubbing one.
On a routine basis, use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery brush attachment to clean the dirt, dust and other debris from the sofa. Be sure to get in the cracks of the cushions before removing them to reach the matter that is under them. While the necessary frequency of the vacuuming varies widely, if you have pets that lie on the sofa, you’ll need to vacuum more often.

How to Remove Odors from an Upholstered Sofa

In spite of its many advantages including comfort and versatility, an upholstered sofa also has some disadvantages as well. One of these is its ability to retain odors. Whether these odors are from a food or beverage spill or the simple smell of dust that gives furniture a musty odor, there are ways that you can remove odors. Start by using the upholstery brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner and remove any visible debris, pet hair and dirt. Next, sprinkle baking soda on the parts of the sofa that are upholstered. You’ll need to leave the baking soda on the sofa for at least 20 minutes though overnight is best if there are severe odors. At this point, you’ll need to vacuum your sofa again to remove the baking soda and the odors from the coach.

Can a Professional Help Clean Your Upholstered Sofa?

Treating small stains and freshening your upholstered sofa are great ways to help improve the longevity and beauty of this piece of furniture. However, at-home techniques can only do so much when it comes to thoroughly cleaning your furniture. Opting to contact a professional cleaner to tackle your upholstered sofa means that powerful tools that easily remove unseen debris and bacteria are used. Gentle yet effective cleanser help remove stains and odors.

At Embassy Cleaners, we’ve built our reputation on providing New York City with the customer service they deserve coupled with the cleaning solutions they need. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!

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