How to Clean A Fabric Sofa If It’s Stained!

Fabric sofas have remained popular for many years. They tend to be cheaper than traditional leather sofas, and for many are the preferred choice. Whether that’s due to your comfort preferences, the price, or ethical reasons, a fabric sofa can look great in your home!

But unlike leather sofas, fabric sofas are more prone to staining. Liquid and other substances can work deep into sofa fabric, creating stubborn stains which are difficult to remove.

If you need to clean a fabric sofa, follow this handy guide to get it looking brand new again!

Before You Begin To Clean A Fabric Sofa

As tempting as it is to dive in and get cleaning, there’re a few things you need to be mindful of.

Look for a tag on your sofa or sofa cushions. All sofas should be accompanied by basic information which includes cleaning instructions. If you can’t find anything, try checking online for the manufacturer’s instructions.

Remember, if you don’t correctly follow these instructions, you risk voiding any warranty that your sofa may have.

Some may instruct you to only clean with water, while others may advise you to use a solvent based cleaner. Prioritise these instructions above any others when cleaning a fabric sofa.

Cleaning A Fabric Sofa If It’s Stained

If your sofa’s instructions state that you can clean it using either water or a solvent based cleaner, here’s how you can remove stains.

Firstly, you’ll need to gather a few things together.

  • A bucket of water (distilled water if possible).
  • A vacuum cleaner with an attachment for upholstery.
  • Some light-coloured microfiber cloths.
  • Washing up liquid.
  • White vinegar.

Start by creating your own cleaning solution. Add one tablespoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar to approximately two cups of water.

Take one of your microfiber cloths and dampen it with the solution. Conduct a small spot test on a less noticeable area of your sofa. This will help to ensure that the solution is suitable for your sofa fabric.

Now, take your vacuum and remove any excess debris from your sofa. This is to make sure that you aren’t accidentally rubbing dirt into the fabric.

Take a damp microfiber cloth and carefully blot the stained areas of your fabric sofa. Now do the same with a microfiber cloth this time using only water.

Finish by taking a dry microfiber cloth and blotting the area once again. This will help to absorb any excess moisture. Now, allow the area time to dry completely.

Improving Your Sofa Further!

Another great way to keep your sofa clean is by using a specialist upholstery steam cleaner. This may seem a little more advanced, but once you get the hang of it, it’s simple!

Remember to consult any manufacturers cleaning instructions before attempting to use a steam cleaner. If you can clean your sofa using water or a solvent, you may well be able to use one of these. However, it’s always best to be certain first.

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Providing your sofa cushion covers can be easily removed, this is a great way to keep your sofa looking and feeling fantastic!

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