Fabric sofa

How to clean a fabric sofa

So, you’ve just unwrapped your brand-new sofa, sat down to enjoy it, and along come the little ones with sticky bolognese fingers! Accidents happen, but sometimes there is nothing worse than red stains on a grey sofa. It sounds silly, but do you really know how to clean a fabric sofa? 

That’s why we have compiled a step by step guide to clean a fabric sofa. Ranging from little spot cleaning to a full deep clean, our handy tips and advice will keep your sofa looking brand new for years to come!

Spot Cleaning

  1. For any small little marks, you can usually clean them off with some warm soapy water – as long as you catch them quick enough! Put 1 tablespoon of dish soap into 2 cups of warm water.
  2. Take a (this part is important) clean white cloth and dab it into your soapy water. Pat over the stain (DO NOT RUB) and use a dry white cloth to absorb the water. Repeat this 3-4 times until stain has gone.
  3. If you have a slightly more stubborn stain, then try adding 1x tablespoon of white vinegar into your soapy solution. White vinegar is a great household cleaner and can be used in all sorts of cleaning solutions. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell, as this will disappear once dry.

If you catch a stain before it’s dried in, the above method is great at removing small stains and is super gentle on your upholstery. As long as you don’t rub, you shouldn’t be able to see any evidence of any marks!

These spot cleaning tips work great for all sorts of fabric, including the super on trend velvet. Just be sure to dab, otherwise some colour may rub away!

Deep Cleaning

If you have some worn in stains, or feel your furniture needs a real deep clean, it couldn’t be easier! Don’t worry about spending hundreds going to a pro – just grab some baking soda and a dry carpet cleaner (such as Vanish or Shake’n’Vac) and follow the below steps:

Take your baking powder and sprinkle generously over the seats. If you need to remove seat cushions place on a clean sheet to save any extra dirty marks!

If you feel a deeper clean is needed, at this stage you can add a dry carpet cleaner, and brush in along with the baking powder. Make sure you use a clean, soft brush so as not to damage the fabric. You can purchase specific carpet and upholstery cleaning brushes but using a clean brush from your dustpan and brush will work just fine.

Leave the powder to soak in for 20 minutes. Now is the time to go pop the kettle on and put your feet up.

Once the baking powder has worked its magic, vacuum it all up! Most vacuums will come with a upholstery attachment, which will usually have red felt pads around the edges to protect the fabric.

Take your time when vacuuming. Start on one side and work down in lines, to ensure nothing is missed.

Top Tip: Fabric dining chairs are also subject to spills and stains, so the baking powder will also work wonders for these, too. Follow the same method as above to keep your chair shiny and new!

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