Tips/Guidance To Safely Clean Your Sofa

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Buying a new, sparkling couch is great, however cleaning it is not quite as exciting. However hard as homeowners try to keep that new, shining settee looking smudge-free, it’s guaranteed to get a little bit dirty now and then. Householders shouldn’t fear though; a few, simple tricks will keep sofas sparkling all year around. Here are five tips on how to safely clean sofas, making sure that they stay in tip-top condition for as long as possible!

1) Read labels carefully

Different sofas need different care. So proud owners should make sure they read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully prior to cleaning. Taking time to read label may seem like a tedious task but it is nevertheless important. New homeowners will want to ensure that that shining new settee stays that way for plenty of years to come. Those who have purchased settees in the past should still make sure they read the care instructions too, because it is most likely that their new couch will need to be treated differently to their old one. Switching from a fabulous fabric couch to a sleek leather sofa for instance, calls for a complete change of cleaning methods.    

2) Keep clean with a weekly vacuum

Keeping couches clean with a weekly vacuum is essential. Although the couch may not look dirty, there are guaranteed to be some crumbs and nibbles that have found a cosy little corner down the sides of the sofa. Those family nights in with popcorn and chocolate are sure to have left their mark on the couch. A weekly hoover therefore is vital in getting rid of all those secret nibbles! Use a small nozzle to get right in between the sofa sides and suck away all those cheeky crumbs. 

3) Wash regularly with a damp cloth

Leather sofas in particular will need a regular wash over with a damp cloth to ensure they stay looking shiny and clean. Families with young children who are still in that great phase of making mud pies will no doubt regularly leave dirty, muddy marks on the sofa. Simply wash over these spots with a damp soft cloth and watch them magically disappear. With a cloth in hand, ready to bring that sofa shine back, parents need not be a stick in the mud! 

4) Wash removable covers when needed

Many fabric sofas, especially the traditional three seater settees, tend to have removable covers. Homeowners can simply take the covers off the padding and throw them straight in the wash. A hot 60 degree wash will get rid of all those stains and dirt, making them pristinely clean in virtually no time at all. When dry, put the covers back onto the padding and sink back into the couch. An easy process, removable covers truly are hassle free. 

5) Remove stains with vinegar

Removing stains from leather couches or non-removable covers may be a little harder. However there are many stain removers especially designed with this exact task in mind. So if householders should happen to spill their evening cup of tea on their settee, they need not worry, all is not lost. A good stain remover should do the trick. If that fails however, white vinegar is also a handy stain remover. Simply use the vinegar on the stain and then wash away with soap and lots of water.  However homeowners choose to remove stains, they should make sure they have looked over the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.


These five great tips will help homeowners keep their sofas sparkling clean for as long as possible. From giving the couch a regular hoover to removing stains with white vinegar, there are many ways to make sure settees stay looking great. Remember though, read instructions carefully before starting the cleaning process!

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This is a guest post.  By Maria Hubbard, who recommends you visit BoConcept Sofas for some great new sofa designs.


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