How to Clean a Couch
Checking the care tag should be your first action in the cleaning process because there may be some mysterious letters there. Here’s what they stand for:
• W – This indicates water can be used in cleaning
• WS – A dry cleaning detergent or mild detergent and steam vacuum can be used
• X – No water, vacuum only
• S – Clean with dry cleaner detergent
Whatever the couch’s material, vacuuming should always be your first line of defense against dirt accumulation. What you do next is determined by the type of fabric that covers it.
How to Clean a Cloth Couch
Many both couches can be cleaned with water. A good tool you can use is a product like Bissell Spot and Stain Fabric and Upholstery Cleaner, which is topped with a brush to assist, loosen and lift dirt, to spot clean tough stains on couches. If you don’t have any fabric cleaning on hand, you can blot stains with some water mixed with a few drops of dish soap.
How to Clean a Leather Couch
Unbelievably, leather couches are the simplest to clean. What a surprise, huh? It’s because they can be easily cleaned with a dry dust cloth or a chemical cleaner that can be purchased at a store; these cleaners not only clean and increase flexibility, but also offer UV protection. It can be applied immediately to all types of smooth, finished leather surfaces. Don’t forget to vacuum underneath any removable cushions as well.
How to Clean a Suede Couch
The most difficult fabric to keep clean is suede, which reacts to liquid. If your couch is constructed of suede or a comparable material, your only cleaning options might be a vacuum or a brush. To get the couch as clean as possible, be careful to lift up the cushions and vacuum in all the cracks.
How to Clean a Dry-Clean-Only Couch
It’s recommended to see a professional rather than attempting to clean your couch yourself if it needs to be treated with dry cleaning. A carpet and upholstery cleaning machine is always available for rental at every hardware store. Even though it will take several hours, you can easily and affordably breathe new life into a sofa you adore.