How To Clean A Couch

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Despite being one of the most expensive pieces of furniture in our homes, couches are often neglected in our regular cleaning routines, and many of us are unsure of how to actually care for them. We’ll break down everything you need to know, no matter what type of couch you have.

First, look for the cleaning care label. It will have one of the following letters:

  • W: Clean with water

  • S: Clean with a specialised solvent

  • WS: Use either water or a solvent

  • X: Do not use liquid, use only a dry method

For the water-based method, combine 2 cups distilled water with 1 tablespoon each dish soap and white vinegar. Dip a microfiber cloth in the solution and blot the stain. Then dip a clean cloth in fresh distilled water and bot again. Finally, blot with a dry cloth.

For using a solvent, buy the product designated on the label and follow your manufacturer’s instructions.

For the dry method, use a hard bristled brush to loosen dirt, then sprinkle the couch with baking soda. Let sit 15-20 minutes and vacuum up.

If you have an ink stain, just blot with rubbing alcohol. In the event of crayon on your couch, spray with WD40, wipe clean, and let dry.

Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your clean couch.

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