2 Easy-To-Do Upholstery Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Fabric Sofas Clean and Pristine
An essential part of the 21st-century, modern living room, office, or reception area, today’s fabric sofas have come a long way over the past decade or two. From outdated fabrics, to a dizzying range of contemporary, modern, and art-deco smooth and textured fabric choices – fabric sofas are a prominent piece of furniture that not only stand out but also have the power to complement and even transform a space.
A fabric sofa is a big deal. It is that one piece of furniture where you really want to represent your taste and lifestyle, and whether your heart lies with textured or plain chenille, cotton, jute, linen, microfiber, nylon, olefin, polyester, rayon, silk, or velvet, you know there are going to be some accidental spills and splashes along the way. At Riverwalk Furniture, we believe that the best and most budget-friendly way to rid your fabric sofa of stains is to make your own cleaning solution. Here are two easy-to-do fabric upholstery cleaning tips that will keep your fabric sofa clean and pristine.
#1 Remove Spills with Soda Water and Salt
People thrive on simplicity, and owing to the industrialisation of modern sofa textiles, resilience and longevity have become the top focus when designing textiles. Unfortunately, many of the things we love and bring to the sofa are acid-based. Wine, coffee, tomato sauce, animals, shoes, and other potentially staining materials can leave nasty stains that absorb deep into the fabric fibres. While many would immediately start washing with water and dishwashing liquid, this will only activate the pH, making it acidic once again. So, here’s what you do. Always have a can of club soda ready to go for times like this. Soda water is effective in neutralising and removing just about any type of acidic stain. Dab the fabric sofa or couch with the soda water and leave it for a few hours. If, by some chance, the stain is a huge spill or red wine, pour salt all over the wine stain to absorb it, wait a few hours, and then apply the soda water. Not only will it absorb the stain, but it will also neutralise it.
#2 Remove Bad Odours and Pet Urine with a Vacuum and Baking Soda
Most modern fabric sofas come with a care tag that provides instructions on cleaning. It is worth mentioning that some attempts can do more harm than good, so read the instructions carefully, as they will advise on the right kinds of products to buy for certain stains, such as blood. Also, most modern fabric sofas have removable covers that are machine-washable. Should your fabric sofa not have removable covers, start by giving your sofa a good vacuum, followed by sprinkling or applying a thick layer of baking soda on the urine or odour. Baking soda is safe and effective in removing all types of stains. Allow the baking soda to sit on the stain for at least two hours or even overnight. By using the hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner to get the baking soda off afterwards, your sofa will look new and pristine once again.
If you are in search of a new fabric sofa that is easy to clean, contact us at Riverwalk Furniture today.