5 Things You Should Know Before Deep Cleaning Upholstery
Whether it's movie time for the entire family or you're reading your favorite novel with a cup of hot chocolate, the couch becomes the center of attention in the living room. You're likely to spend countless hours lying on the couch, munching on snacks, or drinking a glass of wine. Heck, crashing on the couch as soon as you enter your home after a tiring day is truly a comfort like no other. Due to these factors, your couch becomes the target of tiny crumbs in the cavities and accidental food and drink spills all around it. You can immediately get rid of the stains, but upholstery still requires deep cleaning every 4-6 months. Here's an easy guide to making that happen:
1. Check the Labels
Before you start deep cleaning the upholstery yourself, you'll need to look at the labels. If the upholstery comes with any specific instructions, double-check them first to ensure that whatever you're about to use doesn't damage the material. Secondly, upholstery usually comes with codes on the label in the letters W, W/S, S, or X. The code W stands for use water-based cleaners only, S is for solvent-based cleaners only, W/S is for both water-based and solvent-based cleaners, and X stands for don't use any cleaners on this upholstery. Once you know the type of cleaner you should be using on your upholstery, it eliminates the risk of ruining the fabric.
2. Get the Crumbs Out
First comes getting the crumbs and dirt out, then the stains. Get into every corner of the couch to remove the particles. If the cushions are detachable, place them aside to get a solid view of the interiors and make those hidden specks come out. To get the mites, first, use a dry brush and get brushing. Use a brush that has natural bristles and not anything that'll be too hard on the fabric. Once they're out in the open, take your hand vacuum cleaner and go around the sofa. Don't miss any part, including the seams and the bottom of the couch.
3. Grab the Cleaner
Now comes the part where your trusty fabric cleaner takes on the battlefield. Again, choose a fabric cleaner based on the labels on your upholstery. It's best to buy an all-purpose fabric cleaner that treats both water-based and oil-based stains. Spray your cleaner directly on the couch or on a microfiber cloth, then wipe the stains away. If you're still unsure about the fabric cleaner on your upholstery, test it on a small patch first. Natural cleaning products are less likely to damage your upholstery compared to ones that include harsh chemicals. Besides the occasional deep cleaning, you should also remove the stains on your couch as soon as you see them reduce the possibility of the stains setting in the fabric.
4. Disinfect it
Your upholstery inhabits numerous germs and bacteria everywhere, from the surfaces to the corners. Cleaners don't necessarily kill these germs, but disinfectants do. Spray a disinfectant all over the upholstery, especially in the present pandemic when you can’t risk letting these microorganisms stay. Let it sit for a few minutes before patting it dry with a microfiber cloth or paper towel. Ideally, practice disinfecting the upholstery weekly but especially so after a deep cleaning process.
5. Let it Dry
There shouldn't be too much moisture on your upholstery after wiping it with a microfiber cloth. Although, to remain on the safe side, let the couch dry overnight or at least for a few hours before you settle in on it again. And voila, only a few hours of work, and you'll reap the benefits of a couch that looks and feels just as new as the day you bought it.
Taking care of your upholstery isn’t that hard when you’re doing it right. It can even last you years with the proper care and a regular cleaning regime. Don’t forget to practice these tips the next time you’re turning your couch inside out to deep clean it.