How to clean a fabric sofa
How to intervene in case of removable or non-removable sofas
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The sofa is an essential piece of furniture for any home. Choosing the right sofa, both in terms of shape, size and color, will allow you to enrich your living room (or living room, as the case may be) in an important way.
Once decided and purchased, however, it is equally essential to know how to clean it and take care of it in the correct way, so as to make it always look like new and not risk it being damaged more than what can happen naturally with the passage of time and wear. .
Cleaning fabric sofas, with removable or non-removable covers, is therefore a delicate and very important operation. In this article we therefore want to provide you with all the basics to avoid making mistakes, suggesting the most suitable techniques and products for cleaning the fabric sofa (natural or not, in any case capable of giving you a perfect result), concluding with some tips regarding different types of stains.
Let’s start then and see together, in detail, how to deal with both removable and non-removable sofas. Techniques and products to clean a fabric sofa
Assuming that the cleaning of sofas, in fabric as in other material, is not only a question linked to the aesthetic aspect but also and above all to hygiene, as well as to the duration of your furnishing accessory, on the market it is possible to find a series of accessories and products to clean the fabric sofa .
In particular, the products are divided into two macro-areas: chemical-based ones and natural remedies.
We are generally more oriented to the second solution, this is because we care not only for respect for the environment but also for the health of ourselves and our loved ones. Not wanting to be biased, however, we also offer you products to clean the fabric sofa that are not so ecological.
Before anything else it is necessary to pass the vacuum cleaner (with the appropriate nozzle) along the entire surface of the sofa, paying attention to insist above all in the most insidious parts, above and below the cushions but particularly in the corners and cracks, so to eliminate the residues of dust and dirt that are nestled there. At this point, you can proceed with the actual products.
For example, if you don’t know how to clean a white fabric sofa, here is that ammonia represents a valid ally. Two tablespoons in addition to 500ml of water and 5 drops of essential oil (of the fragrance you like best) will allow you to create the right solution to intervene with a soft cloth in the dirtiest areas of the sofa, as well as on the armrests and backrests. Once the work is finished, rinse with a clean cloth previously moistened, then let it dry. Here is your sofa will be shiny again!
Another very useful technique for cleaning fabric sofas is the one that sees steam as the protagonist(to be used, of course, after the first pass of the vacuum cleaner): thanks to the high temperature, this is able to thoroughly sanitize and eliminate mites and bacteria from the sofa in a very simple, practical, natural and absolutely effective way.
In general, one of the most suitable choices for us is the one that uses those present in most kitchens as products to clean the fabric sofa. We are talking in particular of bicarbonate , an extremely useful element in many different contexts including the removal of stains from the fabric, dissolving encrusted dirt. At the same time, lemon and vinegar have antibacterial and sanitizing properties.
So let’s proceed to the preparation of a mixture consisting of 1 tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate to be dissolved in 1 liter of warm water with the addition of half a glass of lemon juice or wine vinegar. Use a microfibre cloth to pass the product (initially on a small portion of fabric, perhaps hidden) over the entire surface of the sofa, then as always finish by rinsing with a damp cloth and let it dry. Cleaning fabric sofas with removable covers
Naturally, cleaning fabric sofas with removable covers is much simpler than that involving non-removable sofas.
The first action to carry out, of course, is to take out the sofa (easier and quicker said than done, especially when there is a single cover per element).
Once done, use a stain remover to pre-treat any stains before putting the upholstery in the washing machine. Therefore, undertake to read the label present, which is valuable for the information contained on the correct washing of fabrics. In most cases, the fabric is washable with a delicate program (below 40 °) and do not think of getting by with a single washing machine: the removable sofas often have several single pieces of not so small size, so they are rather bulky. .
After washing, it is equally important to wait the time necessary for everything to dry perfectly, avoiding exposing the covers to direct sunlight which could leave streaks. At this point, before reassembling the sofa, you can dedicate yourself to cleaning the parts hidden by the covers, using a vacuum cleaner: apply the nozzle equipped with a brush and proceed to pass the entire sofa. With the spear, on the other hand, focus on corners and cracks, also removing crumbs, dust and various residues.
After all this, it’s time to put each part back in its place. Here then is that with commitment, attention and patience you will be able to better deal with the cleaning of your removable fabric sofas.
As anticipated, the cleaning of non-removable fabric sofas is certainly more complex than the previous one.
Also in this case, the very first step remains to intervene with a vacuum cleaner equipped with the appropriate nozzle, rather than with a portable handheld vacuum cleaner. If your non-removable sofa allows it, remove the cushions and make a commitment to go under the seats as well.
In general, it is advisable to clean the fabric sofas once a week .
Equipped with a soft brush, proceed to brush the fabric and, gradually, vacuum crumbs and dirt with the vacuum cleaner. If you have dogs or cats, there are some great lint brushes that work well in a single stroke.
The time has come to take advantage of your natural product for cleaning non-removable fabric sofas: ½ liter of water, 1 glass of vinegar and a few drops of essential oil of the desired fragrance create a perfect liquid solution that you can pass , with a damp cloth, all along the sofa. Thanks to these ingredients you can cleanse, sanitize and disinfect the furnishing accessory, at the same time providing to perfume the surrounding environment.
How to clean a fabric sofa