How to Clean a Couch

Tan couch against yellow wall
What You'll Need
Flannel rags
Washing brush
Suede polish
Cloth buffer

Clean your couch when it becomes a victim of standard stains, dirt, and grime. The spills might require special knowledge of the fabric since cleaning leather requires a different technique than microfiber.

Step 1 - Prepare the Couch for Cleaning

The process of cleaning a couch takes time and effort so before engaging yourself to this work, set aside a bit of time. Start by brushing off the couch and then vacuuming well. Use vacuum attachments to clean corners and crevices.

Step 2 - Recognize the Type of Fabric Used

using a steam cleaner to clean a couch

The first step is to acknowledge what type of fabric is being dealt with. Commonly couches are made of Leatheride, Rexene, cotton cloth, or polyester. Treat Leatheride and Rexene similarly while cleaning. These require extra care as after cleaning, the surface can over dry and crack later. You can avoid this by giving the couch a polish finish. Cotton and nylon cloth couches require similar cleaning procedures.

Step 3 - Prepare Washing Solution

In case of Leatheride or Rexene, luke warm water serves well for the cleaning solution. Fill half a bucket with water. Then add shampoo, vinegar, and a few drops of oil. You can add a little bleach to the water if upholstery is white in color.

Step 4 - Scrub the Couch

wiping off a grey couch

To clean Leatheride or Rexene surface, dip a white rag in the solution and rub the couch until the layer of dirt starts to clean. Rub the cleaned area with tidy dry rags so as to avoid dry shampoo stains. The vinegar acts as a natural bleach and deodorizer and the oil keeps Leatheride and Rexene from over drying and cracking. A laundry brush is another option for cleaning Leatheride couches. These have wrinkles and cloth is unable to reach inside them.

For cloth, the best way to clean is by using a mixture of ¼ cup vinegar, ¾ cups water, and a tablespoon of dish soap. Apply a small amount initially on a white rag, beginning with obvious stains. After removing problematic stains clean the remaining couch. Be sure not to over soak, but use a dabbing method instead. You can also use a soft bristled brush. Cleaning of polyester or nylon requires the same process with the exception that dirt is easily removed from synthetic fiber. This makes cleaning nylon fiber couches easier than cotton cloth. Another option is to use a steam cleaner that sucks out most of the water after scrubbing.

Step 5 - Finish the Process

For Leatheride and Rexene, Swede polish is required. Paste small dots of polish of all over the couch surface. Roll a clean dry flannel rag into a buffer. Rub this buffer all over the couch using circular movement. Circular strokes ensure proper blending and merging of polish. If the couch has not been cared for, it will require more polish. You have to be careful in applying polish equally as less concentration areas are left with a different shade.