How to Keep Your Sofa Looking New: Tips for Deep Cleaning

A sofa is one of the prominent centrepieces in a living room, so it is important to regularly clean and maintain your sofa’s upholstery to ensure they look beautiful and smell fresh all the time. 

Deep cleaning a sofa may sound like a daunting task, but fret not, we have broken down our recommended deep cleaning process into 5 simple steps you can do even if you don’t have prior cleaning experience. 

Start with a Vacuum (Clean off surface dirt)

Vacuum Sofa
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Make sure to vacuum your sofa upholstery regularly so that dirt and stains don’t build on it over time. If you have leather, use the brush attachment for extra protection when cleaning these surfaces because they can be easily scratched. Also, use the vacuum cleaner’s appendage attachment to help get into those dirty crevices on your couch. 

Before vacuuming,  remove any loose dirt and debris from the sofa so as not to damage anything sensitive, such as power cords for example! 

Check the Manufacturer’s Instructions

Manufacturing Instruction of Material

Some sofas have tags with codes that explain what type of cleaning method is safe and which ones aren’t suitable; if you can’t find any on your sofa, contact your furniture retailer for recommendations.  

Here’s how to interpret those codes.

  • W – The fabric can be cleaned with a water-based solution like a steam cleaner. This symbol does not mean the sofa upholstery can be laundried in a washing machine..
  • S – Furniture can only be dry-cleaned using solvent., and should not be in contact with water. This sofa material should be cleaned by a professional cleaner
  • S/W – Water-based and solvent-based cleaning solutions are safe for stain removal. For deep cleaning, engage professional sofa cleaners to ensure safe and thorough cleaning.
  • X – Clean the sofa by vacuuming or using a soft brush only to remove loose dirt.  

Spot clean a fabric sofa with vinegar and baking soda

Clean Fabric Sofa with Baking Soda NaturallyVinegar and baking soda can be used to spot clean a fabric sofa. First, mix equal parts vinegar and water in a bowl. Next, apply the mixture to the stain with a clean cloth and blot the stain.

Should you prefer to use detergent, always use mild cleaning solutions like dishwashing or laundry detergent to blot the stains. Repeat the steps till you are satisfied with the result. If you need assistance, do contact professional sofa cleaners for advice. 

Baking Soda Natural Remedy

Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that can be used to remove foul odors from your couch. Simply sprinkle baking soda on the affected areas and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming it up. You’ll notice a significant difference in the odor of your couch!

Wait for it to Dry

When you are done cleaning your couch, ensure your cleaned sofa is completely dry before using it again. This is necessary so you can use your clean sofa comfortably, and also prevent excess moisture in the fabric upholstery from triggering mold growth. To avoid this fate, follow these two steps: 

  1. Soak up all liquids from within reach by wiping down surfaces with paper towels 
  2. Air-dry thoroughly or place a fan to quicken the drying process. 


While you can deep clean sofas using tools and products found in your home, sofa upholstery should still be cleaned professionally for thorough cleaning and hygiene maintenance. 

De Hygienique’s low moisture sofa cleaning serviceDe Hygienique’s low moisture sofa cleaning service can effectively remove stains as well as bacteria from fabric surfaces – and reduce germs (including those that cause illness) from thriving there too!

De hygienique before and after sofa cleaning services

Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation about our sofa cleaning and sanitising service solution.

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