Cleaning the sofa

How to Clean Sofa Upholstery

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Clean Sofa Upholstery

Undoubtedly, the lounge is one of the areas where more life takes place within a home. This heavy daily use often causes the living room to accumulate more dust and dirt. A clear example is the sofa where dust, food and drink stains accumulate. If you want to keep your sofa in perfect condition, you need to pay attention to the next article in OneHowTo. On this occasion, we give you a homemade natural remedy which you can learn and use to clean your sofa's upholstery. Discover the best ways to ensure you keep the upholstery fabric on your sofa clean and always looking perfect. Pay attention!

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Steps to follow:


Cleaning your sofa may seem complicated, because it is a large structure, but it's not impossible. One of the best methods of cleaning upholstery fabric is with steam. With this trick, you'll always clean your sofa perfectly in a quick and effective way.

How to Clean Sofa Upholstery - Step 1

In order to clean upholstery, you'll need a vacuum cleaner, a clean cloth, a brush and a special fabric stain remover, sold in any supermarket. You will eliminate any stains with all these products and will thoroughly clean your sofa. In the event that it is too complicated for you or your sofa upholstery is very delicate, we recommend you consult a dry cleaner's first.


To begin, move your sofa away from the wall or any furniture that is attached and clean the sofa's surface. To do this, we recommend you use a vacuum cleaner so you can remove dust and mites which live in the upholstery fabric. Vacuum every corner of the sofa, removing any objects like cushions, accessories and decorative elements.

How to Clean Sofa Upholstery - Step 3

Remember that this first step of cleaning is essential, because if it's not done right, any further cleaning will be meaningless. It is important that you vacuum all areas of the sofa, including any hidden nooks and crannies. You should also clean down the back of the sofa and if your vacuum cleaner doesn't reach it, use a brush to help. It doesn't matter how long it takes, the important thing is that the fabric is totally cleaned by the vacuum cleaner. When you're done with the sofa, you should do the same with the cushions, pillows and accessories that you removed earlier. Be patient!


Once you've vacuumed the sofa, it will be much easier to detect any tougher stains. To completely remove them, we recommend that you use a stain remover product found in any supermarket. Place the product on the stain and leave it on for a few minutes, then remove it by rubbing gently with the help of a cloth.

How to Clean Sofa Upholstery - Step 5

Once the sofa is totally vacuumed and you've lifted the deepest stains, it's time to use steam. Your own vacuum cleaner may have steam accessories or you can use a steam cleaner. Whichever you use, the next step is to steam clean using clean water vapour. To use this appliance properly, carefully read the manufacturer's instructions.


If your sofa has removable slipcovers, wash them as directed. Generally, you can take them to a dry cleaner or wash them with cold water and air dry them. We recommend that you don't put upholstery into a dryer, as this runs the risk of it shrinking. Put the sofa covers back on whilst they're still a little damp, so they're much easier to put back on.


If you want your sofa upholstery to look perfect for any occasion, we recommend performing this thorough clean at least twice a year. When you use cleaning fluid and a brush, you can remove both dust and the most marked stains on your sofa. It will be left looking perfect!

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