How to Remove Stains from a Sofa?

Couches and sofas are sure to get dirty as they are continuously being used throughout the day (and night!). Plus, they’re usually placed where they are most visible to everyone, and any spill or grease on them is likely to leave a pretty bad impression. For this reason, how to remove stains from a sofa is a quite useful, and practical skill to know. Follow on as this article explains How to Remove Stains from a Sofa!

Before starting to clean a sofa, you need to look at the product tag of your sofa to get an idea of its material and the preferred technique to clean it. You will usually find 4 groups of letters and here is what they mean below:

  • W: Okay to clean with water
  • S: Not okay to clean with water; a solvent-based cleaner must be used
  • WS: Either of the above two methods (water or solvent-based cleaner) is okay
  • X: Neither of the above mentioned two methods is okay; only vacuuming can be used

After checking the label on the sofa, you may proceed to either of the three below-mentioned processes to clean a sofa based on its material and nature.

1. Cleaning a Fabric Sofa

First of all, you need to loosen all the hardened stain material on the sofa. Brush the sofa, especially the affected areas, for this purpose.

  • Sprinkle all of the sofas with baking soda and let them sit for at least 30 minutes. After that, remove the baking soda by vacuuming the sofa.
  • Next, you need to make a simple sofa cleaner. Mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of water. Then add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to it.
  • Spray the liquid solution on the sofa stains and give it a rub with a cloth to help remove them. Now let the sofa dry.

2. Cleaning a Microfiber Sofa

  • Spray rubbing alcohol to your sofa, section by section and clean it with a light-coloured or colourless sponge, so that no colours transfer to the sofa.
  • For water stains, you can follow the same procedure with water.
  • Remember to check the sofa’s care tag before using either alcohol or water to clean it.

3. Cleaning a Leather Sofa

  • Firstly, vacuum the whole sofa and then wipe it down with a dry, and clean microfiber cloth.
  • Mix an equal amount of water and white vinegar in a container to make a cleaning solution.
  • Apply this solution to the sofa by dipping a cloth in it and rubbing it on the sofa.
  • Dry the sofa using a microfiber cloth.

Using the above-mentioned simple instructions, you can clean your sofas efficiently and easily. Closely follow the steps, and you will be good to go!

Which methods have you found to be most effective when it comes to cleaning your sofa? Let us know in the comments below, and join in the conversation on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson is an experienced freelance writer who specializes in food and nutrition. Working in fitness marketing previously gave her a good feel for the industry and since going freelance she has been able to explore her preferred topic areas such as diet types, nutrition and food. Outside of work, Jen enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with her young family.

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