I’m at it again, a new challenge to find the best way to clean a couch naturally. As many of you know I am a big fan of using natural ingredients to clean my home. When it comes to different types of upholstery I was looking for the best solution that didn’t involve using any sort of solvent-based cleaner or upholstery cleaner.
Well, to put this to the test, I cleaned my friend’s microfiber sofa. Why is this a key piece – who would risk ruining their friend’s couch?!!! So I found a way to safely clean her couch with items I already had at home along with a little elbow grease and I wanted to share the results with you. This will come in handy to clean any piece of microfiber furniture or anything with microfiber upholstery or microfiber fabric. So here are the simple steps!
How do you clean a fabric sofa?
How do you deep clean a couch?
*Before beginning it’s a good idea to know what type of fabric is on your couch. There are usually sofa tags with care instructions or manufacturer’s instructions on your couch with the correct cleaning method. The care instruction tag will specify the proper care and if it can be cleaned with water or must be dry cleaned, etc.
The first thing to do is to use a vacuum cleaner and vacuum the entire surface of the couch. I started by using my crevice tool, paying particular attention to all the creases. My friends seat cushions and back cushions were all attached. I went in every crease that couch had. If your cushions are not attached – remove the cushions and get in all the creases all over the couch. If you don’t have a crevice tool you can use any vacuum brush attachment.
Next I put on my vacuum’s turbine tool – this is a little head that has an attachment that spins like a larger attachment you have for your carpet floor. If you don’t have one of these attachments, it’s okay to just use the attachment that came with your vacuum. Vacuum every surface of the couch.
How do you deep clean a smelly couch?
How do you remove odors from furniture?
How can I get dog smell out of my couch?
The next step is to deodorize your couch. Sprinkle baking soda on the couch and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. You can leave it longer if you wish. Baking soda is an odor eater or absorber and will do wonders for a smelly couch.
After the time is up, continue cleaning the couch by vacuuming up the baking soda.
Next I used a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the entire couch down. You would be surprised what that little cloth will pull out of your couch. They type of microfiber cloth I used was the Norwex Evirocloth.
Use the microfiber cleaning cloth to spot clean stains.
How do I clean and sanitize my couch?
Can you steam clean a couch?
For tough stains, another option is to steam clean your couch. (If you don’t have a steam cleaner you can use a clean washcloth dampened with very warm water and blot at your couch’s spot.) Steam the couch and use the microfiber cloth to clean up the spots. The steam and heat remove stains. The steam will also sanitize your couch.
I also used the steamer to help revive some of the areas on the couch that were most used where the fabric had been “crushed” down. The steam brought those areas back to life.
Spray the spot cleaner on those really tough spots. Let it sit for a minute to soak in.
Then blot with your microfiber cloth. If the stain persists, repeat. This cleaning solution is handy to keep on hand for everyday use.
My friend’s couch is all clean and she’s going to be so excited when she comes home!
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Other simple tips:
- Always use a clean cloth
- Blot don’t use a circular motion
- Check the care tag before starting to make sure it is okay with this synthetic material, and always test an inconspicuous area or inconspicuous spot.
- A soft-bristled brush or dry brush like a lint brush is also great for some quick results
- Don’t use a hard scrub brush
- I like to use water-based cleaners
- If you have a grease stain use the castile soap method to clean it.
- You can see if your cushion covers can come off and be put in the washing machine (check that tag first)
- When in doubt seek professional help
- I like my vacuum to get the worst pet hair off, then use a lint brush or roller to get the rest off.
- A microfiber couch is different from a suede couch and you’ll need to treat that very differently.
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