You look at your sofa every day, but when was the last time you really looked at it? Dust, pet hair s and other debris find their way down through the cracks. You will be suprised if you didn’t clean it for a long time. For more home tips follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page.
A good rule to follow is to run the upholstery attachment over the outside of your sofa every time you clean the floors, and vacuum the entire sofa (outside, inside, back, and sides) every 3-4 months for sofas that are moderately used. If your sofa is the focal point of your home and gets a lot of action, you should remove the cushions and vacuum the interior more frequently, maybe once a month.
If you have a sofa cover, this is also a good opportunity to stretch it back in place so it looks neat and clean.
What You Need To Clean Your Sofa
- Upholstery attachments
- Crevice attachment
1. Remove seat cushions and set them aside on a clean surface. Avoid throwing them on the floor so they don’t attract even more dirt.
2. Pick up any large debris that has gathered along the inside of the sofa.
3. Vacuum along the inner corners where the interior sides meet the seat bottoms using the crevice attachment. Press firmly onto the surface to create as much suction as possible so you really clean it.
If you are cleaning a slipcover, pop the fabric out from in-between the back and sides of the sofa to vacuum. When you are done., take a minute to re-position the cover before pushing the excess back in.
4. Switch out the crevice tool for the upholstery attachment and vacuum the sides, back, and area under the seat cushions, working in a grid pattern.
5. Next, vacuum the seat cushions. Clean all sides including the top and bottom of the cushion. A dry brush can help loosen dirt before you vacuum with your upholstery attachment.
6. Don’t forget to vacuum the pillows! Be cautious around embellishments and fabric trims, reminds the team at Essential Rentals.
Before placing your cushions and pillows back on the sofa, give them a good fluffing. Over time, they can start to sag so it’s important to get them back in shape. For down pillows and cushions, you need to push in on the sides like you would an accordion. By doing this you are essentially pushing air into the pillow, so the feathers will evenly distribute inside. Repeat this step four or five times, turning the pillow over several times.
Foam pillows and cushions it can be a bit more difficult than down, because after time the foam inside your cushions literally starts to break down and crumble and cannot be fluffed back up. A quick fix for a sofa that doesn’t get a lot of action would be to remove the foam from the seat covers and wrap it with Poly-fil. We will post a tutorial about his in a few days so make sure you follow our social media channels.
As a long-term solution, we recommend taking the cushions to an upholsterer and having them measured for new foam. It’s not an inexpensive solution, but will extend the life of your sofa and although is costs less to rent a sofa from us.
7. Wipe down any hard surfaces and polish wood. While you are down there, check the legs to make sure they are in good condition. If you have wood floors, check under the legs to make sure they aren’t damaging your floors. Replace felt pads or screws that may have come loose.
If you need any help with decorating your home or you need cleaning tips you can contact us here and one of our team members will help you out!
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