Cleaning the couch sounds like it should be a simple job. But, unfortunately, there are several things that can go wrong – many of which you would never expect.
In this post, we take a look at some of the couch cleaning issues that might arise when trying to make your couch spotless, and what you should do instead.
Using Too Much Water
If you use too much water to clean your couch, you will eventually saturate it. Water ceases to be a vehicle that draws particles out of the couch and, instead, pushes them further in. It can then remain in the couch for a long time, leading to all sorts of nasty smells, dampness and even mould.
To avoid this, only clean your couch with a damp cloth. If you have a professional cleaning system that uses water, be sure to leave your couch somewhere where it can dry quickly. Remove as much water as possible after cleaning, regardless of the method you use.
Using A Dark Cloth
Dark cloths are great for some applications, but couch cleaning is not one of them. These cloths can transfer their own fibres to the couch and leave stains.
If you use a cloth to clean your couch, always use a white one. This way, you’re not at risk of colour transfer, even if you’re using strong detergents. Furthermore, you can quickly see whether it has any stains on it already.
Failing To Follow The Manufacturer’s Advice
Failing to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning advice is another big no-no. If you don’t adhere to official instructions, you could end up damaging your sofa.
Manufacturers typically know how you should clean their products and invariably provide instructions for you to do so. Some forbid it altogether, while others will recommend that you use very specific cleaning methods and products. In extreme cases, they may tell you to only use branded cleaning materials.
Using The Wrong Chemicals
Couches are made of a range of different fabrics. Some are crude oil derivatives, such as polyester, while others grow on plants, like cotton. Therefore, how they react with chemical cleaning agents can be very different. Cleaners you use on a velvet sofa, for instance, will have a different chemical composition from those you use on leather.
Again, to avoid this problem, always check the cleaning instructions label. Find out which agents the manufacturer recommends you use.
Remember, if you use the wrong chemicals, you could irrevocably damage your sofa, making the initial stain even worse.
Scrubbing Too Much
Getting stains to come out of fabrics shouldn’t require an enormous amount of scrubbing. If it does, it suggests that you’re using the wrong stain removal method.
Scrubbing too much is a bad idea. It could fray the fabric, leading to permanent damage.
The trick is to be gentle. Use a soft-bristled brush or a cloth and gently comb over the surface. If the stain won’t come out using one method, use another.