Care & Clean
How to care your sofa?1. Regular Cleaning:
• For fabric upholstery, it is advisable to vacuum your sofa weekly to eliminate dust, dirt, and debris.
• If you have leather upholstery, make sure to dust it weekly using a soft cloth and condition it every 6-12 months.
• For polyester and most other synthetic fabrics, wipe down your furniture weekly with a soft cloth or a microfiber duster to remove dust and dirt particles.
2. Professional Cleaning Services: Consider seeking professional cleaning services at least once a year. Professionals can provide a thorough cleaning and maintenance check.
3. Cleaning Products: Keep handy cleaning products such as a dry brush, vacuum cleaner, dry towel, steamer, baking soda, vinegar, and water.4. Cleaning Steps:
• To start, vacuum the sofa to remove debris and dirt from both the surface and crevices. If the cushions are removable, clean both sides.
• For any wooden or metallic areas, use warm water and liquid dish soap to clean gently.
• Address stains with either a commercial cleaner or a homemade solution made from natural kitchen ingredients, which are cost-effective and eco-friendly.
• Allow the sofa to dry thoroughly.5. Dealing with Regular Stains:
• For fabric upholstery, create a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar, 3/4 warm water, and 1 tablespoon of dish soap or Castile soap. Spritz the soiled area and gently scrub with a soft cloth until the stain lifts. Use a second cloth moistened with clean water to remove any soap residue, and then dry the area with a towel.
• Leather upholstery can be cleaned by mixing 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply the cleaner to the sofa's surface and buff it with a soft cloth.
• For polyester and most other synthetic fabrics, make a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 cup warm water, and 1/2 tablespoon of dish soap or Castile soap. Mist the stained area and scrub it with a soft cloth until the stain disappears.
How to clean your upholstery?1. Ink Stains:
• For fabric upholstery, it's crucial to act swiftly. Begin by sprinkling baking soda generously over the stained area to absorb excess ink. After 15-20 minutes, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove the baking soda.
• For leather upholstery, immediately soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and gently dab (avoid rubbing) the ink stain until it starts to lift. Continue with fresh cotton balls soaked in rubbing alcohol if necessary. Pat the area dry with a soft cloth to remove any remaining residue.2. Grease Stains:
• For fabric upholstery, effectively lift grease stains by sprinkling a handful of baking soda over the affected area. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes to draw the grease to the surface. Then, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the baking soda and blot any remaining residue with an absorbent towel.
• For leather upholstery, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto the affected area. Let it sit for several hours, then use a clean cloth to wipe away the baking soda residue.
• For polyester and most synthetic fabrics, create a mild soap solution, dip a sponge into the suds, and gently brush the affected area. Be cautious not to press too hard or squeeze the sponge to avoid damaging the fabric.3. Water Stains:
• For fabric upholstery, start by vacuuming up any moisture using the liquid setting on the cleaner to extract as much water as possible. If visible staining persists, a lightly sprayed diluted vinegar solution can help break down the stain by attaching itself to the fibers and dirt particles. Finish by blotting the spill with a dry microfiber towel to remove any remaining moisture.
• For leather upholstery, promptly clean up water stains with a dry, clean cloth.
• For polyester and most synthetic fabrics, immediately blot away water stains with a dry, clean cloth.
How to clean your sofa covers?
1. Check the Care Label: Before you start cleaning, always check the care label on the sofa covers for specific instructions from the manufacturer. This label will provide guidance on what cleaning methods and products are safe to use.
2. Remove Loose Debris: Shake or gently brush the sofa covers to remove loose crumbs, dust, and debris. This step helps prevent these particles from becoming embedded during cleaning.3. Machine Washing
• If the care label allows for machine washing, remove the sofa covers and place them in the washing machine. Use a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the fabric.
• Zip up any zippers, close any Velcro fastenings, and turn the covers inside out before washing. This helps protect the fabric and its color.
• Once the cycle is complete, promptly remove the covers to prevent wrinkles.4. Hand Washing:
• If machine washing is not recommended, hand washing is a safer option. Fill a large basin or bathtub with cold water and add a small amount of mild detergent.
• Gently agitate the water to create suds, then submerge the covers. Gently swish them around to clean.
• Rinse the covers thoroughly with cold water until all detergent is removed.5. Spot Cleaning:
• For localized stains or spots, use a fabric cleaner or a mixture of mild detergent and water. Test a small, inconspicuous area of the cover first to ensure it won't cause discoloration.
• Apply the cleaner to the stain and gently blot or rub with a clean cloth or sponge. Avoid scrubbing vigorously, as this can damage the fabric.
• Rinse the cleaned area with cold water and blot it dry.
6. Ironing and Steaming: If necessary, iron or steam the covers on a low heat setting to remove wrinkles. Be cautious not to use high heat, as it can damage some fabrics.
How to deodorize leather sofas1. Baking Soda Method:
• To deodorize, evenly sprinkle baking soda over the affected area. Baking soda is highly effective at absorbing odors.
• Allow the baking soda to sit for fifteen minutes, giving it time to absorb the unwanted smells.
• Afterward, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently and thoroughly remove the baking soda from the sofa.2. Enzyme Cleaning Spray:
• Consider using an enzyme cleaning spray specially designed for upholstery. These sprays contain enzymes that accelerate chemical reactions to eliminate odors.
• Directly apply the enzyme cleaning spray onto the affected area and allow it to dry. Follow the product's instructions for the best results.3. Mild Soap Solution:
• If the odor persists after using the above methods, you can resort to a mild soap solution.
• Dilute mild soap with water and create a gentle cleaning solution.
• Dampen a clean cloth with the soapy solution and gently blot the affected area. Avoid excessive rubbing, as it may damage the leather.
• After cleaning, blot the area dry with a clean, absorbent towel to remove any remaining moisture.
• Finish by using a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to ensure thorough drying and remove any lingering residue.
How to clean white leather
1. Dust Removal: Start by wiping the white leather with a clean, dry cloth to remove loose dirt and dust.
2. Prepare the Cleaning Solution: Mix a small amount of mild dish soap with warm water. You only need a few drops of soap in a bowl of water.
3. Test on a Small Area: Before cleaning the entire piece of white leather, test the soapy water solution on a hidden or inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn't cause any discoloration.4. Clean the Leather:
• Dampen a soft cloth or sponge with the soapy water solution. Make sure it's not soaking wet, just slightly damp.
• Gently wipe the white leather in a circular motion, working one section at a time. Be gentle and avoid scrubbing.
• Pay extra attention to any stains or soiled areas, but continue to use a gentle touch.5. Rinse and Dry:
• Dampen another clean cloth with clean, warm water.
• Wipe down the leather to remove any soap residue.
• Pat the white leather dry with a dry, clean cloth or towel.
How to deal with scratches on leather sofas
1. Clean the Leather: Start by cleaning the entire leather surface around the scratch. Use a leather cleaner or a solution of mild soap (a few drops) and water. This helps remove dirt and prepares the area for repair. Dampen a soft cloth or sponge with the cleaning solution, wring out excess moisture, and gently wipe the area clean. Be gentle to avoid further damage.
2. Minor Scratch Repair: For minor surface scratches, you can try using a leather conditioner or a small amount of olive oil. Dab a soft cloth with a bit of conditioner or oil and gently rub it over the scratch in a circular motion. This may help reduce the visibility of the scratch.
How to clean cushion foams on a fabric sofa
If a spill has penetrated deep into the foam of your sofa cushions, you can effectively address it with the following steps:
1. Remove the Upholstery Cover (If Applicable): If the cushion covers on your sofa are removable, carefully take them off.2. Clean the Foam:
• In the case of spillage that has seeped into the foam, you can clean it by preparing a vinegar solution. Mix half a cup of water with a few drops of vinegar.
• Dampen a clean cloth with this vinegar solution and use it to gently blot the affected area on the foam. Take care not to rub vigorously, as this may damage the foam.
3. Drying: After cleaning, allow the foam to air dry completely. Place it in a well-ventilated area to ensure thorough drying.
4. For Non-Removable Upholstery Covers: If your sofa's cushion covers are not removable, you can apply these steps directly to the upholstery itself. Dampen a clean cloth with the vinegar solution and blot the affected area gently. Again, make sure to allow it to air dry adequately.
Kindly take note that in certain instances, seeking the services of a professional cleaner may become imperative, especially when dealing with stubborn stains such as wine spills or pet accidents. While professional cleaning may come at a higher cost, it guarantees that your sofa will receive the utmost care and specialized treatment, minimizing the risk of further damage and ensuring its optimal restoration.