Cleaning Your Couch from Top to Bottom to Underneath
A couch can be different things to different people. To many, it’s a place to drop into after a long and stressful day. A place to put your feet up and relax. For some, it’s a place to read a book or snuggle with loved ones (furry family members included). And to others, it’s a stylish signature piece that’s the focal point of the room. Whatever your use, make sure your couch is putting its best foot forward.
Regular couch cleaning and maintenance should be done weekly to avoid long-term damage from spills and to manage everyday wear and tear. Follow these simple steps to properly clean your couch. You will need the following items: a microfibre cleaning cloth, a stiff brush, baking soda and a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment.
- Remove pillows and give them a good thumping outside to loosen and remove dust and debris. Using your vacuum and the brush attachment, freshen fibres on each pillow.
- With pillows off, grab the stiff brush to wipe away crumbs, dust, and other debris from the inside and outside of your couch.
- Sprinkle the couch with baking soda and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. You may want to consider mixing the baking soda in dry carpet cleaner for an even deeper clean.
- Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to thoroughly remove the baking soda or mixture. Take a few minutes to vacuum the sides and back of your couch to freshen fibres.
- For any tough stains that are still present on a fabric upholstered couch, you can mix together ¾ cup warm water, ¼ cup of vinegar and 1 tbsp of dish soap to blot away stains with a microfibre cloth.
- To clean underneath the couch, you will either have to move it (with help) or get down on all fours to see what’s lurking below. You may be surprised at what you find – lost shoes, toys, hair elastics, magazines and books! Put them back where they belong and vacuum up dirt and dust.
- Put your couch back in place and restore pillows to complete the job!
IMPORTANT NOTE BEFORE YOU START! Know what type of fabric is used in the upholstery of your couch before you begin cleaning. While baking soda is great for a lot of things, including the removal of grime and embedded dirt, you should always test it first in an inconspicuous area.
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