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While in Quarantine Clean your Couch yourself!

Whether you've got crumbs, or the toughest of stains, these cleaning tips will make your sofa look as good as new. Follow these simple instructions and get a new look of your furniture.

1. Vacuum. Use a hand vacuum or the brush attachment on your vacuum to clean dirt from the sofa surface. Be sure to clean the pet hair, food crumbs, and dirt. If the cushions are not attached, remove them and vacuum both sides.

2. Clean the wood or metal areas. Wipe down the sofa feet and other non-fabric parts of the sofa with a solution of warm water and liquid dish soap.

3. Determine the type of fabric you’re dealing with. Find the tag on the couch and read the instructions for how to clean upholstery. Here are the codes found on labels:

  • WS: Use a mild detergent with a steam vacuum or a dry-cleaning detergent

  • S: Use a dry cleaner detergent only.

  • X: Use a vacuum only. No water.

  • W: You can use water to clean it.

4. Remove stains. Knowing how to clean a couch means knowing how to remove stains. You can use a commercial cleaner or you can make your own cleaners from natural ingredients you have in the kitchen. Homemade cleaners are cheaper. Here’s how to clean a sofa, by fabric type:

  • For fabric upholstery, mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 3/4 warm water and 1 tablespoon for dish soap. Put in a spray bottle. Scrub with a soft cloth until the stain lifts. Use a second cloth moistened with clean water to remove the soap. Dry with a towel.

  • For leather upholstery, mix 1/2 cup olive oil with 1/4 cup vinegar and put into a spray bottle. Spray the cleaner on the surface of the couch and buff with a soft cloth.

5. Let the couch dry. Use a towel to soak up any excess water remaining on the sofa surface. Let the sofa air dry. If it’s humid, you may want to set up a box fan pointed at the sofa for speed drying. Water can cause cushions and fabric to mildew.

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