Having kids or a pet means frequently cleaning your home and getting rid of stains. Unfortunately, sofas are the common household commodities that stain easily. Fabric sofas add comfort to your home, but the cleaning can be challenging. Getting a spill on your sofa is inevitable unless you intend to protect your sofa with a plastic cover.
If not, these key steps will help you get rid of stubborn stains from your sofa.
Find the Manufacture Cleaning Code
Most fabric sofas have a cleaning code tag that guides you on the cleaning material to use. You can find the tag under one cushion or on the sofa underside. You can end up voiding your warranty if you fail to follow these instructions.
If the tag is marked ‘W,’ you should only use water-based cleaning solutions. If it is marked ‘X,’ you should avoid water when cleaning your sofa. Instead, it would be best if you used a vacuum. Tags with an ‘S’ mark require you to use solvent-based solutions. A label with a ‘WS’ mark means using a solvent-based cleaner or a vacuum.
Use Water and Dish Soap
If your sofa fabric is linen, cotton, or polyester, you can use water and dish soap to clean out the stains. You can start by first vacuuming your sofa to remove loose dirt particles. Next, you create a cleaning solution by mixing the soap with water. Finally, you can add some vinegar to the solution for extra cleaning power.
Avoid pouring water directly on your sofa, dampen the cloth with your cleaning solution and gently wipe your sofa. Please do not soak the cloth. You can easily saturate the fabric hence damaging it.
Rinse the Soap Mixture
Using a different piece of cloth, dampen it and rinse the fabric, getting rid of the soapy mixture. Do this thoroughly over the stain. If this doesn’t remove the stain, you can clean it again with the solution until it disappears.
Dry the Area
Using a dry cloth, gently press on the wet area to remove traces of moisture on the fabric. You can use a fan to speed up the drying process. Avoid the use of heat, such as blow dryers. The heat can destroy the delicate fabric on your sofa. If you must, be sure to use the cool setting.
Use Foam Cleaner
If the stain is persistent, you can apply foam cleaner over it. Let it sit for a few minutes, then gently wipe it with a cloth. It would be best first to do a blot test using your solvents. Some sofa fabrics tend to stain more. Paying attention to the cleaning tag will help in avoiding this.
Use a Steam Cleaner
You can use a steamer to clean out the stains for water-safe fabrics. You can either purchase one or rent one, depending on your use.
Clean Sofa, Clean Home
In every home, sofas are commodities you primarily use. Therefore, having it clean is not only good for your home but your health too. If you are uncertain about the cleaning methods, it is best to contact a professional couch cleaning service to take care of the stain for you.