As we all know, the coronavirus is causing more than harm to us everyday. According to experts, we are to wash our hands, cover our nose and use hand sanitzer as often as we can to prevent ourselves from the deadly virus.
We at klagons.com also decided to bring to you a step by step guide on how to clean your couch properly. We might not know where the virus is hiding so lets take note of this.
How to Clean a Couch
Whether you’re trying to tackle a specific stain or you want to give your entire couch an overdue refresh, put this how-to to work:
1. Use a handheld garment steamer or bursts from your steam iron to kill dust mites. Go over the entire sofa, allowing just the steam to touch and penetrate the fabric. If you don’t have a steamer or iron, skip this step and go straight to vacuuming.
2. With your vacuum’s upholstery attachment, go over the entire sofa: back, arms, skirt, and cushions. If the cushions are removable, take them off and vacuum the fabric underneath, going as far under the back and arms as your vacuum can reach. With the crevice tool, go along the seams, around any buttons, and along the trim.
3. Take a look at your couch’s care tag to see what’s safe to use on the fabric:
- W is the easiest to clean and means water-based cleaners are okay to use.
- W/S means that either water- or solvent-based cleaners are safe.
- S means only solvent-based cleaning chemicals should be used.
- X means do nothing more than vacuum or brush the fabric.
4. For fabrics that can safely be cleaned with water, treat food and pet stains with an enzyme-containing formula like Bissell Professional Pet Stain & Odor Remover. In a pinch, mix together mild dish soap with warm water. Always test any cleaner in a hidden area first.
5. If your cushions have removable covers, unzip them and place a paper towel between the fabric and the filling to absorb cleaner. Apply the cleaner to a cloth and blot the stain carefully, working from the outside in to keep it from spreading. Once the stain is removed, dab the area with another damp cloth to rinse thoroughly and blot dry. For “S” fabrics, remove stains with a solvent-based product according to package directions.
6. Clean dingy arms and headrests with a portable extraction cleaner like Bissell’s Little Green ProHeat Portable Cleaner. Simply dispense the cleaner and water mixture through the hose, agitate the fabric with the brush nozzle, and vacuum up the dirt into the tank. For solvent-only fabrics, it’s best to call in a professional for a safe and thorough cleaning.
7. Once your sofa is clean and dry, kill any lingering germs and odors on water-safe upholstery with a fabric sanitizing spray like Tide Antibacterial Fabric Spray.