Just like everything else in the average home, sofas get dirty. Dirt, dust, small objects, and crumbs of food work their way into the cracks between the cushions; drinks get spilled on the upholstery; pets track mud and other substances all over the furniture’s surface. Presumably, you want your sofa to stay clean; below are some sofa cleaning Bristol steps to take that will help you achieve this goal.
Step #1. Vacuum the fabric portion of the sofa.
Vacuum the entire sofa, including the cushions, throw pillows, arm rests, back, and sides. Your vacuum should come with various attachments that will help you reach all of the nooks and crannies for a thorough cleaning.
Step #2. Dust any parts of the sofa that are made of wood or another hard material.
Take a feather duster (or a simple dust cloth) and run it over any wooden or other hard surfaces on the couch (e.g. arms and legs).
Step #3. Find out what cleaning supplies to use.
Types of sofa cleaning Bristol supplies include solvents and water; some fabrics require a mixture of both. The papers that came with your furniture should include warranty information that will help you determine the type of cleaner you should use. If your sofa is still under warranty, that should make it easier to research and find out what kind of cleaning supplies you can use on the fabric without damaging it. If the paperwork doesn’t contain this information, call the manufacturer or the seller, or check the Internet.
Step #4. Determine your cleaning method.
The method you should use for sofa cleaning Bristol use will be determined by the type of fabric that covers the sofa. This information should be in the care guide that came with the sofa; it may also be printed on a tag that is attached to the underside of the cushions.
Step #6. Obtain cleaning supplies.
The cleaner that is recommended for your furniture should be available at most stores. You should also rent a carpet shampooer to more thoroughly clean your sofa.
Step #7. Test the cleaner.
Add your chosen cleaner to the carpet shampooer and clean a small, out-of-sight area (the back of the sofa is a good spot to do this) to make sure the fabric doesn’t change color. This will tell you whether or not it’s safe to use the cleaner on the rest of the sofa.
Step #8. Treat any stains.
Before proceeding to the rest of the sofa, treat any stains or other blemishes with a spot cleaner. Avoid spot cleaners that contain bleach or alcohol. You shouldn’t need more than a small amount of cleaner applied directly to the stain; after applying, blot the stain with a clean cloth, working at the stain from the outer edge to the center. You’ll know the stain is completely gone when it stops transferring to the cloth. After the stain is removed, blot away any remaining moisture, leaving the fabric as dry as possible.
Step #9. Clean the entire sofa.
The shampooer should have a handheld attachment that will allow you to reach any crevices and clean the entire sofa. There should also be a suction attachment that will pick up dirt and excess water; if no such attachment exists on the shampooer, you can use the one on your vacuum to achieve the same result.
Step #10. Allow time for drying.
Before returning the cushions to the sofa, allow everything to dry completely.