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How to Clean Upholstery Furniture and Couch Stains in a few minutes?

Are you a couch potato? Don’t bother, most of us love to spend time on our couches, watching movies, drinking, and whatnot!

Our couches or upholstered furniture bears a lot from wine spills, and pet pee to food leftovers every day. So it’s natural for them to acquire dirt, spots, and stubborn stains. 

But how to deal with all such issues? Couch cleaning can be nerve-wracking if you don’t have the skills.

In this quick cleaning guide, we’ll tell you the simple yet most effective ways to clean your upholstery furniture in a few minutes. 

Get ready to make your living furniture spotless and smell fresh!

Identify the code of your couch

The most important task is to know the code that defines the safe and best technique to clean your upholstery furniture. All the couches and soft furnishings come with a cleaning tag with a code written on it. Check below

  • Code W – You can use water-based solvents to clean the fabric.
  • Code S – Prefer dry cleaning or solvent-based cleaners.
  • Coe WS – It’s ok to clean the material with water or solvent-based cleaners. 
  • Code X – Only Professional vacuuming. 

Don’t worry! If you couldn’t find any cleaning tag on your furnishings. Try and test the cleaning agents on a hidden area and watch how your couch material reacts with the solvents?

How Often Should You Clean Your Upholstery?

Although, it depends on your usability and care. Most of the time, upholstery cleaning experts recommend: 

  • Vacuum your upholstered couch once a week.
  • Treat stains/spills immediately with a suitable solvent.
  • Deep upholstery cleaning quarterly.

How to Clean Your Dirty Upholstery Furniture?

Following these easy DIY hacks in routine will not only keep your upholstery furniture clean but also enhance its durability. Now let’s quickly read out these simple tips and tricks to clean your couch like a pro!

Vacuum your upholstered furniture Weekly:

The safest and smartest way to clean your soft furnishings is to vacuum more often or at least once a week.

The Vacuum cleaners extract the food residues, white molds, pet hairs, debris, and other small fibers. No doubt it can be time-consuming depending on the size of your upholstery, but it’s the most cost-effective way to maintain the original couch appearance for a longer duration.

Apply the Fabric Protectors

A professional range of fiber protectors is available in the stores near you. They are easy to use and help to repel the stains keeping them on the upper surface.

Ask the store or manufacturer to suggest the best fabric shielder and how often you need to apply them?  Investing a little in fabric protectors is a smart move to improve the lifespan of soft furnishings.

Remove mold and mildew stains:

It’s important to treat and remove mold stains as soon as possible. Even a small black spot can make your couch look ugly. Mold infest is usually due to dampness or moisture. It can be due to pet pee, wine spills, etc. that are absorbed by your upholstered couch. So make sure to keep your sofa clean and dry. So, how do you treat mold and other stubborn stains?

  1. Add the mixture of vinegar and baking soda in equal parts into a spray bottle.
  2. Spritzz over the mold stain and let it sit for 15-20 min.
  3. Now, gently clean and rub with a wet wipe.

You can also use borax, bleach, and tea tree oil as cleaning agents depending on the material of your couch.

Sudsing for Deep Cleaning your upholstery Furniture:

An effective way to deep clean your furnishings with labels W and WS. Here’s how it works?

  1. Take ½ Tbsp of translucent dish soap in a bucket.
  2. Add warm water only; it helps create lots of suds.
  3. Take a soft upholstery brush.
  4. Make sure to dip the brush in the suds.
  5. Don’t submerge as the fabric will soak the solvent.
  6. Now gently rub over the fabric in small areas. 
  7. Finally, clean with a wipe or damp cloth.

How to treat stains from your upholstery furniture?

The sooner the better! Whether the stains are plunged on your clothes, curtains, or sofas, treat them immediately. So they leave no mark behind. We have found some pretty easy DIY upholstery-saving hacks that won’t cost you much. Take a look!

Club soda: Spray it directly over the stain and leave for a minimum of 20 minutes. Rub with care until it fades away. you can also add dish soap and water for instant results.

Grease/ Oil stains:  The most difficult kind of stains to deal with! Add some salt, water, and dish soap to a spray bottle; Sprinkle it over the stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wipe away with a soft damp cloth. with salt, let it sit, and then dab it with soap and water. Alcohol also works best for greasy stains.

Coffee stains: Add equal parts of vinegar, baking soda, and water to a spray bottle. Dab it over the coffee stains and use wet wipes to clean gently.  

Crayon stains:   Toothpaste works best for crayon stains. They are easy to remove. Make sure to use only non-gel toothpaste. Apply it, leave it for 5 minutes and rinse the stain with clear water.

Red wine stains: Spray the mixture of salt, hydrogen peroxide, water, and lemon juice on the wine stain and watch the magic!

The Bottom Line

We hope these smart small secrets shared by experts will make your upholstery furniture look brand new, clean, and fresh. 

What If none of these clever cleaning hacks works? Forget it!

Call our Hire Tradies’ upholstery cleaning experts at 022 026 5920 to get 100% guaranteed satisfaction with visible results!

Read Also: Simple and easy hacks to remove Mould Stains from fabrics Permanently!

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