How to Clean Your Fabric Couch

It’s been a long, hard year for your couch. Your kids, your pets, your friends, and the whole family have enjoyed a lazy afternoon lounging on its soft cushions. Sounds like your fabric couch could use a clean. But how do you do it? We have the 6-step process for cleaning a fabric couch, plus the single-step upholstery cleaning option that will save you valuable time and effort.

Step 1: Check your manufacturer’s recommendations

Just like a piece of clothing, your upholstered furniture comes with a care guide. Most couches feature a tag with the fabric codes, which we’ll discuss below, but for a proper clean you should check the original guide they gave you. It may have come with your warranty or other product information. You’ll want to be sure to follow any specific instructions set out by the manufacturer for best cleaning results. If you can’t locate it, you could always give the retailer a call.

Step 2: Prep before cleaning

Before you can even think about cleaning, you need to prep your couch. You can dry brush the fabric to remove dust/dirt and loosen stains. You should vacuum away this loose dirt or it may end up soaking deep into the fabric once you add cleaning products. Optional; you could give your couch a steam with a handheld steamer to refresh it and minimise bacteria.

Step 3: Stain removal

Next, you want to remove stains. A gentle home remedy for stain removal is as follows:

  • 1tsp dish washing liquid
  • 1tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1tsp baking soda

Combine these and use a spray bottle to apply to your furniture.

Pro tip: baking soda is great for removing odours – if you have a stubborn smell, try sprinkling baking soda on top and vacuuming away after 20 minutes.

Step 4: Check your fabric codes

If you are planning to use a fabric cleaning product for your couch, make sure it is compatible with your upholstery. There are a set of fabric codes which are typically found on a tag on your furniture. These are:

  • W = water-based cleaners are safe to use
  • W/S = either water or solvent-based cleaners are safe to use
  • S = solvent-based cleaners are safe to use
  • X = this fabric should only be vacuumed or dry brushed

Struggling to decipher what kind of cleaner is safe? Leave it in professional hands and have an industry expert decide for you. Call our team on 1300 310 160 for assistance.

Step 5: Don’t scrub!

Scrubbing hard to get at a stain is something we all do – but do your best to avoid it. Scrubbing at delicate upholstery fabrics can easily ruin them and you want to clean your couch, not destroy it.

Step 6: Drying

Once clean, pat down your couch with a soft towel to draw out any excess moisture. Finally, leave to air dry.

Option 2: Hire the professionals

This 6-step process is simple enough, but who really has time to clean their couch? With professional upholstery cleaning services, you can achieve a high-quality clean with the least effort for yourself. We provide a deep clean – deeper than most home remedies could ever dream. We care for a wide range of fabrics from leather to cotton, linen, and polyester. We also know tricks of the trade for treating stubborn stains without using the wrong products or applying pressure that can ruin your furniture.

Melbourne’s upholstery cleaning experts

Central Home Services have been offering professional cleaning throughout Melbourne for the past 20 years. We work throughout the inner and south-eastern suburbs such as Brighton,St Kilda, South Yarra, Camberwell and Windsor. We specialise in deep cleaning for carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture – including delicate antiques. Reach out to our team on 1300 310 160 to learn more.