To keep your expensive couch or sofa looking as good as new, schedule a regular cleaning session. Dust and stains that accumulate on your couch over a period of time, makes it look dirty and drab. The best upholstery cleaner is one that will remove stains and dirt without damaging the fabric of the upholstery.
Tips for Choosing a Good Upholstery Cleaner
- Keep in mind the kind of upholstery that needs to be cleaned. A cleaner that works for a particular type of fabric might not work for another. If you have a leather couch, you will need a cleaner that is made specifically for leather upholstery. Different types of fabrics needs cleaners that suit them, otherwise they may get damaged.
- If there are tough stains like that of coffee, wine, sauce, etc. you need to go for a cleaner that is tough on stains but will not damage the fabric.
- Finally when you do buy a cleaner, make sure that you do a spot test on the underside of your couch to check for any discolorations.
Homemade Upholstery Cleaner
If you have neglected cleaning your upholstery for a long period of time, then you need to call professional cleaners. However, if you want to clean your couch or sofa at home, you can do so with the help of some basic supplies.
- Mix ¼ cup of mild liquid dishwasher to a cup of warm water. Apply this mixture with a soft brush on the fabric. Scrub gently and let it dry for 5 - 6 minutes. In another cup, pour some water and take a fresh sponge and rub the fabric once again to remove the cleaner. You can use a toothbrush with soft bristles to get rid of any tough stains on upholstery.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of coarse sea salt with 1 tablespoon of borax and enough distilled water to make a smooth paste. Apply this paste on stains, scrubbing in a gentle circular movement. Let it dry completely and then wipe with a moistened clean cloth.
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar with equal parts of distilled water. Apply this mixture on the stain on the upholstery and let it dry. Take a clean sponge, dip it in water and blot the spot. Vinegar is not suitable for leather upholstery so avoid using it.
One of the cheapest upholstery cleaners is plain distilled water. Just dip a clean rag in water and rub your upholstery with it. Vacuum clean when it is dry. Although expensive, some of the best upholstery cleaning products are available in the market that are specifically designed to remove even the toughest of spots.