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How to Clean a Fabric Sofa
But First. . .Look Before You Clean
There are a number of factors you need to remember when determining how to wash a fabric sofa properly.
Identify the type of dust and dirt when vacuuming as follows:
1. You need to review your manufacturer's directions:
Always, always check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before trying to remove stains from your couch or freshen up your couch. Failing to do so ruin your couch or could void warranties.
2. Many cleaning questions can be answered by the tags:
If you can not find the manufacturer’s directions, do not fret. There should be a tag on your couch cushions that clues you in on important details, like if the substance is water soluble. Keep in mind that one side of the tag may deal with cleaning of the couch cover, for washing the cushions themselves, while the other will provide advice.
Make sure before you wash you’re taking a look at the tag.
3. Studying you can be saved a lot of grief by a cleaning tag:
Typically, you will find one of four letters on the cleaning tag of your couch. Here’s what each means:
- W — You can wash this material using water.
- S — No water. You will need to purchase a special solvent-based cleaner.
- WS — You can use a solvent-based cleaner on this couch.
- X — Vacuum only.
4. You should never deviate from the recommended cleaning methods on the tags:
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How to Clean a Fabric Sofa If It Is Stained
If your couch tag is marked with an”X,” you should only vacuum it with an attachment. And, as you now know, sofas tagged with”S” require solvent-based cleaners that should be clearly labeled with the directions you need for those particular products. The cleaning instructions below should only be used for sofas with tags marked”W” or”WS.”
You’ll need the following ingredients and items:
- A vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment
- Three or More light-colored microfiber cloths that won’t bleed on your couch
- A bucket
- Distilled water (The minerals in tap water may leave residue behind. A quick Internet search should yield loads of DIY instructions on distilling water, or you may get an inexpensive jug at almost any grocery store.)
- Liquid dish soap
- Distilled white vinegar
How to Clean Your Couch
If you own a sofa marked”W” or”WS,” you might have the ability to use an upholstery steam cleaner. Before you get excited, consult with the manufacturer’s directions for the steamer to find out whether it is OK to use it on your couch fabric. While,”W” and”WS” sofas might have the ability to withstand water, they can not consistently take the heat.
Additionally, you will want to do a spot test on a tiny out-of-the-way region of the couch to ensure steaming won’t cause any permanent damage.
When it comes to figuring out how to steam clean a couch, you’re really only going to follow the manufacturer’s instructions provided with the upholstery steamer. They ought to let you know what settings you will need to use. There are a few tricks that can make your cleaning effective, though:
Vacuum your couch before you start to steam clean. After you have steamed and the couch has fully dried, vacuum it.
Pick a great day to steam clean your couch so that you can open the windows and air out the room.
Some steam cleaners use microfiber cloths to help pick up debris. You will want to change these out as you steam so you can pick up all the dirt.
After steaming, point a fan on your couch to help it dry thoroughly.
Wait till the water in the steamer cools before dumping it out.
You know how to wash a fabric sofa so that you can return to snuggling and streaming your favorite shows. Have any spots you will need to get rid of? Take a look at these tips on tackling those nasty red wine stains.
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