Upholstery Cleaning Tips – For Sofa Sets

Your sofa set is an integral part of your sitting room or lounge. Not only is it a functional piece in any room where it is placed but it also adds to the overall aesthetic value of the same. This is why it is important to give it the very best care possible. Cleaning upholstery is not an easy task. There are lots of considerations to be made depending on the type of sofa set you are dealing with and professional input is necessary to avoid tragic mistakes when cleaning. You cannot buy a new couch every time your old one gets dirty so the only way you can keep it looking new is by adopting a proper cleaning routine. Here are a few tips/cleaning steps which may come in handy next time you are cleaning your sofa set.

Preliminary cleaning

An important point to note is that no matter what type of cleaning you are doing, preliminary cleaning is always vital. This prepares the sofa set for cleaning and also helps you note a few things that you need to take note of as you proceed to the actual cleaning process. The first step in pre-cleaning is vacuuming. Upholstery naturally gathers a lot of dust over time and you cannot begin cleaning the sofa set without removing as much dust as you can. Use a dry vacuum cleaner to suck out all the dust and debris that may have gotten lodged in the nooks and crannies. When this is done you can now move on to the seat arms and legs. They may be made using a different material e.g. wood or metal. Wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any dust and dirt. After this you can now get ready to start cleaning. It is important to keep the documents that come with any piece of furniture because on it you will find information about cleaning agents that are suitable for it and cleaning instructions. Always check the type of fabric you are working with and look up the most suitable cleaning method for it. Get your shampoo vacuum cleaner ready and you are set to start.


You are now ready to start. If this is your first time cleaning your sofa set you may want to try out a small section in a concealed place on the sofa. This is just to ensure that the cleaning agent will not ruin or fade the color on your upholstery. Once you have done a trial patch and seen no damages, proceed to do the whole couch. These cleaners usually have a suction attachment to help you remove the deep lying dirt and water. Use it till your sofa set looks clean and not too wet. After this is done thoroughly you can now leave the sofa set to dry before using it.
Do not use the sofa set while it is wet because it will dry with dirt spots and may even develop an untowardly smell. If you cleaned your sofa in a room, keep the windows and doors open to allow for aeration so that your couch dries up smelling great.

Article summary

Cleaning upholstery around your home may prove difficult if you do not know what to do. This article provides the reader with tips on how to effectively clean upholstery.

6 comments on “Upholstery Cleaning Tips – For Sofa Sets

    • Thanks Betty for your comments. In the coming weeks we will post on your request – tips for cleaning (wooden) furniture, and also methods of cleaning carpets using machines.

  1. Some upholstery fabrics are really harder to clean. But your discussion and research of these tropics give us what to use and what not to use. I am really grateful to for sharing this.

  2. You are welcome David. We appreciate your feedback, and glad you find the articles useful. In case there is a home care theme you would like us to write on, do let us know and we will do so in the coming weeks.

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