As good as leather sofas look, we all know how expensive it is to maintain them. The next best option is fabric sofas. Fabric sofas lend themselves beautifully to the color palette of the room, thus providing a chic and contemporary look. Fabric sofas are especially ideal if you have pets at home.
In order to maintain the beautiful look of the fabric sofa, it is essential to clean it regularly. The fabric of the sofa (upholstery) has a tighter weave in comparison to other fabrics. This makes it more durable and resistant to wear and tear. This also means, that the detergents and other cleaning agents used for cleaning regular clothes, may not work as nicely when cleaning upholstery.
Let’s take a look at a few simple yet effective tips that can help you clean a fabric sofa.
- Begin with vacuuming the furniture. Ensure you use the upholstery attachment. Vacuuming upholstery regularly is important as it helps remove even the fine particles of dust. If you have pets at home, you must incorporate vacuuming the furniture in your weekly or fortnightly routine to remove the shed fur caught on the fabric. It is also a great idea to vacuum the cushions so they look just as clean.
- Most fabric sofas can also be steam cleaned. However, ensure you check the label prior to attempting steam cleaning. It always comes handy to run a spot test first. You can try it on the part of the sofa that is hidden against the wall. Once the sofa is steam cleaned, the best way to dry it is to let it dry naturally. If it is possible to leave the windows open for a while, you can do so. This will help in better circulation of air that will not only help the sofa dry faster but also eliminate the damp smell from the room.
Note: Avoid using a heater fan or a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
- In the case of certain fabrics, cleaning with water elements such as steam is not advisable, as it is likely that water itself may leave a stain on the fabric. In such cases, you can use rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol. Pour some alcohol in a spray bottle. Then spray it on the sofa and rub it with a clean cloth or sponge. As mentioned earlier, it is best to run a spot test first on an inconspicuous part of the sofa.
Note: It is best to use a white cloth or sponge to clean the sofa, so as to avoid the transfer of cloth/sponge color onto the sofa.
- If you are looking to clean only a stain on the sofa, you can use a stain remover. There are many stain removers available that are meant specifically for upholstery and are meant to target specific types of stains. Look for one that is best suited for your fabric sofa.
Note: Some stubborn stains are tough to get rid of. You may want to consider professional cleaning service in such cases.
A little effort in maintaining your furniture goes a long way. Resting on a clean sofa after a long day at work can help you relax and unwind.