Most homes in Dubai do have fabric sofas kept in the living room which are used by members of the home or by a guest. Over a period of time, they get stained, dirt gets filled in and therefore they become dirty. Due to the hectic lifestyle, sofa cleaning may not be a top priority for Dubai residents but it’s necessary to do a deep cleaning of your sofa once in a while. Sofa goes through a lot of wear and tear but with proper cleaning technique and degree of care, it can last as long as any other material.
Your sofa has a collection of not only dirt, dust but also of our body fluids, skin cells, leftover pieces of snacks, etc. That’s one of the main reasons why sofa cleaning can’t be ignored for a long time. If your sofa is used quite frequently by the people at your home, then becomes necessary to clean it once every couple of months to maintain its quality and ensuring a hygienic environment.
Sofa cleaning may seem like an overwhelming task but it could be quite easy in reality. This guide will help you on how to clean the sofa like a professional.
Before you start cleaning the sofa, each sofa will come with a tag on which there will be some codes written on it. These are to identify the type of material your sofa is and how you can clean it.
W – Water-based detergent can be used to clean.
S – Dry clean with a water-free solvent.
WS – Dry clean with a water-free or water-based solvent or both can be used.
X – Can not be cleaned with water or a solvent. Only soft brushing or vacuum is applicable.
Vacuum your sofa to remove all the loose dirt from and below the surface. Use a brush attachment gently and remove the dirt without scratching the material. Remove the cushions and ensure to remove the dirt from below & surface of the cushions.
Remove cushions and gently brush the nooks and crannies of the sofa to get rid of dirt, leftover crumbs and garbage which is stuck in there. You may also use a white towel to rub the spots or stains in order to break them apart and clean them. Use only a white towel and not any other color of the material as it may switch the color of your sofa.
Mix a teaspoon of washing liquid, white vinegar, baking soda, and warm water. This cleansing solution will work well to remove stains easily. Apply this mixture first on a small portion to see if it doesn’t discolor any part of the sofa. This mixture also helps to remove tough stains without much of an effort.
After removing stains and crumbs, you need to remove the bad odor coming from your sofa. Baking soda is one of the best solutions for this. Sprinkle baking soda over the couch and leave it as it is. Vacuum the sofa after 20 minutes of sprinkling baking soda. If this doesn’t work well, mix baking soda with a dry carpet cleaner and apply it on the sofa. Leave it for 20 minutes and your couch will fresh new.
You can also use a lint roller to remove hair or dust from the fabric sofa. This works well for a sofa for a light quantity of de-linting.
Leather + Soap:
If you have a leather sofa, the best would be to use leather-based cleaning soap mixed with conditioner. You can use a slightly damped, clean rag to remove stains from a leather sofa. Leather sofas shouldn’t be cleaned with other regular liquid detergents.
Sofa made out of cloth can be cleaned with water-based cleaner and steam to loosen up stains and dust. Plugin you iron, put it at steam setting and then move it around the sofa, wave it to and fro through tough stains. Once the stains are loosened up, you can repeat steps under ‘Removing Stains’.
Make sure to check the cleaning codes before spot cleaning your sofa. It is always best to try the cleaning solution on a small portion before applying all over the sofa. Blotting is the most common practice when it comes to spot cleaning. Some stains are quite tough and you may need to clean them twice or thrice before they go away. Let your spot dry and start repeating the process.