How to Steam Clean a Sofa
A great investment made should never be left unattended. The sofa takes the maximum space of a living room. It represents the outlook of one’s home. It is essential to keep it clean and it’s not necessary to depend on professional cleaners as you can steam clean it yourself.
Not only the living members of the home but also guests use the sofa to sit, talk with others and eat some snacks on it. It is important to make sure that the sofas are well cleaned before the guests have arrived in order to make a long-lasting first impression on them
Gone are the traditional ways of using a cloth dipped in water mixed with detergent and scrubbing it all the way to leave wet patches for a day. You can rent a steam cleaner if you don’t own it, It’s worth investing in one as it can be used to keep your house top-notch.
Benefits of owning a steam cleaner
Steam cleaning the sofa is the most convenient way of cleaning or sanitizing the sofa. However, steam cleaning is less time-consuming and hence even if you keep the steamer at a low setting it would be enough to clean the sofa. Another greater benefit is you can save money when you do it yourself.
When you have kids or pets you have to be cautious to not fill your home with unnecessary chemicals especially on the sofa, which is the place where they mostly try to be. Your sofa does not have to smell with artificial fragrances to seem to be clean. What is important is to ensure you get rid of the bad odor, dirt, and stains. Steam reduced the deposition of the chemicals on the fabric of the sofa. These are little ways you can be concerned about your family.
Steam works like magic. It not only cleans the fabric of the sofa that it touches but it can also be a great way to improve the softness of your sofa. When steam penetrates through the fabric into the fibers of the sofa materials, it softens them, making the sofa feel even more comfortable than ever before. Imagine the hassle if you use water instead of steam, avoid the struggle and dampness that may bring in bad odor latter.
Be aware before you begin
One thing many people dislike to do yet must be done is to read the manual of the steam cleaner. It is necessary to know the functionality of the machine. The usage of these machines is easy to handle while you know what you ought to do before you start cleaning.
Steps on the cleaning process
Be cautious while you fill in the water in the steam cleaner. It’s better to do it before you plug in the machine to the power socket. The water tank would usually be at the bottom of the machine after filling the tank you can turn on the machine.
If your steam cleaner has automatic mode as most machines do, you can wait for it to reach the temperature that is required. Ensure the steam is not going to be too hot that it would harm the fabric on the sofa. It’s best to use the steam cleaner at a lower heat mode first and then keep increasing if needed. Never forget to try using the cleaner on one side of the couch, preferably on the rear side which faces the wall. This is just to ensure the heat is just right for the fabric.
As you wait for the steam to rise to remove the sofa cushions and cover so that you can clean it separately. There is always art in the way you do things. When it comes to steam cleaning the sofa, ensure you clean in a top-to-bottom direction. Remember the way you use a vacuum cleaner, that’s just the same way you use the steam cleaner as well. Ensure each time you push or pull the cleaner you do it as slowly as possible, this helps dirt particles to break.
Try cleaning the sofa with higher temperature if you don’t find it neat after your first cleaning. This is a tip to reduce time and meet your expectations on the cleanliness. Dry the entire sofa and its cushions, open the doors and windows to allow the sofa to get dried in the fresh air. Avoid keeping the sofa in direct sunlight because it may make the fabric to fade.