Couch Cleaning Steps - Keep it Looking Like New

Tackle those stains!

There is nothing quite like coming home after a long day and crashing on the couch. They are such an integral part of your home, and a great investment given how much time you’ll probably spend lounging on it.

Whether it’s watching TV, entertaining guests, or even sleeping on them, couches create a warm and inviting presence to any room. Before buying a couch however, consider the couch fabric and how it will age in your household. For example, that white couch might seem like a great choice at the time, but after one coffee spill it could be ruined. Alternatively, a soft black fabric couch might suit your room perfectly, but pet hair will quickly turn that couch grey. 

Once you have your dream couch, it’s important to make sure it stays looking good for as long as possible. Whether you have a classic leather couch, a cosy fabric couch, or a velvet lounger, you’ll want to protect and preserve it. Couch cleaning is very important because prevention is always better than restoration.

How to keep your couch looking new

No matter what type of couch you have or how much you look after it, couch cleaning is essential from time to time, and these tips and tricks will help you keep your couch in good nick. 

1. Vacuum regularly

First and most importantly, perform a regular vacuum of your couch fortnightly. Make sure to vacuum the cushions, under the cushions and down in the crevices to avoid a build-up of dust and dirt. If you have someone in your household who suffers from allergies or asthma make sure to do this as regularly as possible. 

2. Lint Rolling

Lint rolling your couch is another great way to get rid of unwanted pet hair, fine dirt or lint. Simply roll the lint roller all over, paying special attention to the cushions and armrests, or anywhere that dirt and hair builds up. 

3. Spot Cleaning

If a stain does appear there are a few ways to get rid of the stain before it dries into the fabric, staining the couch permanently.  

The first method is spot cleaning with white vinegar and water. Simply dilute a cap full of white vinegar into a cup of water, then gently blot and dap the stain until it disappears. This can be repeated if necessary. 

The second method, mix a small amount of mild washing powder and water together and gently dab it on the stained area. Again, repeating if necessary. In both of these cases, be sure not to scrub the couch fabric with the cleaning solution as this can damage the material and push the stain deeper into the fabric fibres. 

The last method is using a store-bought couch cleaner. First, try your best to scrape or scoop up any solids first. Second, blot out the liquid with any clean towelling material – and act fast. The earlier you get to the spot or stain the better. Third, making sure you follow the cleaning instructions carefully, apply the cleaning product to another clean towel or cloth and get to work on the stain. To keep the stain in one spot, dab and wipe from the outside of the stain inwards in small, light motions. Fourth, rinse the area with cold or lukewarm water. Lastly, gently blot the area with a white paper towel. You are essentially trying to ‘pick up’ the stain with a paper towel. Keep dabbing the area until the stain has been lifted off! Easy as that!

Cotton, velvet and other soft fabric couches are fairly easy to take care of, but leather couch cleaning can be a different game all together. To clean, vacuum first to remove any dust and dirt, but be gentle as a heavy hand can scratch the leather. Next, use a special leather protective conditioner or treatment to ensure the leather gets the moisture it needs. Taking proper care of a leather couch will actually see it get better with age.

Most sofas come with a tab or tag detailing the cleaning instructions. Always check with the manufacturer’s guidelines and test on a small area before attempting any DIY stain removal or couch cleaning. Alternatively, the easiest and most effective method of couch cleaning is calling a professional. They will have all the tricks, tools and products to make your couch look like new. Drytron offer great couch cleaning services in Melbourne and Victoria, and their special dry cleaning service will have your couch looking brand new.  

How often should you clean your house?

Couch cleaning is an essential job and should definitely be added to the list of household chores. The fabric can degrade with wear and tear in just a few years if you do not maintain the couch properly. Some fabrics are trickier than others but all need to be cleaned regularly to ensure they are looking their best for as long as they can. Leather couches, if maintained properly can even get better with age.

How often you should clean your couch depends a lot on how often you use it and how you use it. It also depends on the kind of couch, the material it is upholstered with and where it sits in your house. Aside from regular vacuuming and spot cleaning where necessary, it is important to conduct periodic professional cleaning to keep your couch looking new. In many cases, you might not know just how dirty you couch is until you get a professional couch dry clean as see the difference.

Drytron offers great couch cleaning in Melbourne & Victoria to keep your couch looking like new. Delicate through to hardy fabrics and leather can be treated beautifully with a Drytron clean. Colour-fastness is tested before applying any of the treatments expected to be used during our upholstery cleaning. Additionally, the entire piece that is worked on is pre-treated with a special broad-spectrum cleaning solution to dissolve remaining marks.

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