Sofa cleaning is something that should be done at least a couple of months a year
In times of confinement due to the coronavirus crisis, cleaning has become training for many. Remember that to keep housework up to date it is good to have a cleaning calendar and thus be able to organize yourself. If we manage to do some of our chores every day like this, we will avoid sticking one day with all household chores together. Today we teach you how to clean the sofa in a simple way and with which they will leave it as new.
The sofa is undoubtedly the star piece of any living room since on it we sit, rest and, in general, make life. But what happens when it gets dirty?
Some upholstery sofas can be removed, but if that is not your case, here we bring you a series of tricks that serve to clean these fabrics in this furniture and others such as chairs or car seats.
How to clean upholstery
There will be many sofas or chairs that you will not be able to remove, so you will have to clean them by hand. Start by cleaning the most superficial part of the furniture with a vacuum cleaner, taking with it all the dust and mites that are on it. If it is a large sofa and you cannot reach all the corners with the vacuum cleaner, you can help yourself with a brush.
Once you have removed all the dust, start cleaning it with a little ammonia diluted in warm water. Dampen a cloth in the mixture and rub it all over the upholstery from top to bottom.
When the furniture is completely dry you can check if it has any stains. In that case, you can use a conventional upholstery stain cleaner that you will find in stores or create a homemade one.
How to make a homemade upholstery cleaner?
To remove stubborn stains from sofas, chairs, or car upholstery, you can use sodium percarbonate. Dissolve 2 or 3 tablespoons of this powerful natural stain remover in a liter of hot water and apply the solution to the stains. Let it act for 5 to 10 minutes, rub it with a brush, rinse it with plenty of water, and let it dry to check its effect.
The best thing is that before using this homemade trick to clean upholstery you test on a small part of the fabric that is inconspicuous to make sure it will not discolor it.
Other tricks to clean upholstery
There are a number of other home tricks that will help you get rid of stains on upholstered furniture. Salt is a natural bleach that will help you remove grease stains. Mix a little salt with a little lemon juice and rub it on the stain to remove it without altering the composition of the fabric.
Hydrogen peroxide is one of the best remedies that exist to remove sweat and bloodstains. If this is your case, it is best to dilute this product in the water before applying it, as it can be aggressive with fabrics. It is advisable to first try this solution in an inconspicuous area of the sofa or chair.
What about leather?
Leather sofas are a trend that is gaining strength in our living rooms. However, keeping them as perfect as the first day is usually quite complicated, especially if you have children or pets in the house.
It may happen that with the simple passage of time, or due to the rubbing of a pointed object, the leather tears and small cuts appear on it. To get rid of them, you can start by cleaning the area around the scratch with small circular movements and without applying too much pressure. Then apply a little glue inside the hole that has been formed by the cut and glue both parts. For a more aesthetic result, make sure that both parts are smooth and aligned so that the imperfection that you have just corrected will not be noticed in the future. When you finish, clean the area again with the cleaner to remove any traces of glue that may have remained on the surface of the sofa.