Imagine this: you just had a great day having fun out there with friends or family. The weather was nice; you got some great food and then headed for some entertainment- perhaps for a fun escape session at the breakout escape rooms.

Feeling generous, you invite everyone over to your place to hang out for a while before you call it a day. But as you walk in, you realize your sofa is covered with hidden scraps of dust and dirt. And there go your hopes and dreams of being the best ever host in the town. 

If your inner Monica just shriveled at the thought of that image, then you need to know some effective ways to calm her down. We have listed some of the best sofa-cleaning tips and tricks down below so that your living room is always ready to welcome guests!  

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1. Did you know that the sofa cushion covers can be washed? 

Generally, you will notice that the top covers of your sofa cushions are removable. You can easily take off these covers and wash them with your usual detergent and fabric softener. But also be careful not to wash them too often, especially if the covers contain color. Too much washing can not only harm the texture of the fabric but also fade out the color, making your sofa look old and ragged. 

Also, before you start washing these covers, make sure to check the care recommendations of the particular fabric. Opting for a delicate wash is always recommended!  

2. Time to deep cleanse your sofa!

Think of how much time you or your family spends on the sofa. There is a lot of eating while watching TV, spilling drinks, and if you have pets, then probably some peeing or pooping too. Every once in a while, a deep cleaning is a must if you wish to keep your couch in good condition for a long time. Using a vacuum cleaner is the easiest way to ensure you get to the deepest corners and yank out any dirt or gunk that might have piled through days or months. 

Here’s how to ensure that your vacuum is effectively cleaning your couch:

              i. Select the right tools 

Always remember to opt for a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to capture all dust and allergens. Using a vacuum cleaner with UV lights can help you get rid of bacteria, viruses, bedbugs, and even dust mites! 

             ii. Vacuum the sides of your sofa 

Properly cleaning every part of your sofa is a crucial task. Make sure to get all the dirt sucked out of the lower sides and back portions of your couch well.  

             iii. Vacuum the sofa cushions  

Make sure to clean the sofa cushions well using the crevice tool of your vacuum cleaner. It can help you get in between the cushions and suck out all dirt. If the cushions are removable, you can easily remove them to clean them better.  

             iv. Vacuum the bottom section of your sofa 

This one might be a two-person job but helps to ensure you get a 360-degree cleaning of your couch, quite literally. Get some help to tilt your sofa and clean the dirt that has collected below it. Going this extra step on cleaning day helps to ensure you are not sneezing up a storm from inhaling dust particles or harboring bacteria on your floor. 

3. Time to get rid of those sticky stains and clean your couch upholstery!

Getting rid of sofa stains can be a nasty business. That is if you don’t know your way around the effective tricks. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered: 

       i. Start with removing solid debris 

If the stains on your sofa are fresh, then the first thing to do is blot away as much moisture as possible. You can easily do this using paper towels. If your stain is comparatively solid, like mayonnaise or cheese, you can use a dull-edged knife and scrape off the stuff.

But be careful not to tear your sofa! You can use a soft brush to loosen the particles for dried-up solid stains.  

A word of caution: Never rub the area of the stain since that will only spread the color further and push it deeper into the fabric.   

       ii. Make a cleaning solution

If you feel that your upholstery calls for a water-based cleaning to get rid of stains, then here’s a hack: 

  1. Take one-fourth cup of any dishwashing liquid  
  2. Take one cup of lukewarm water in a bowl. 
  3. Use an electric mixer or a whisk to mix these two contents to create suds. 

       iii. Now time to rub!

Simply dip a sponge in your suds and use it to rub away the stains from your upholstery. Clean your sofa with care and caution unless the entire stain is removed!  

       iv. Rinse and dry to wrap up! 

Wrap up your work by dipping a clean cloth or sponge in clean water and using it to dab and remove any remaining cleaning solution. This step is as essential as the rest to prevent the detergent from remaining on your sofa.

After this, make sure you allow the earlier stained area to dry out perfectly well. You can use this same method to clean your entire couch upholstery, too, if you think it needs a deep cleaning!   


And with that, you will have a sparkly clean sofa in no time! When it comes to cleaning living room furniture, we often think that regular dusting gets the job done. But deep cleaning now and then is necessary to maintain hygiene and the quality of your furniture.

These cleaning methods come in handy if you have bought a second-hand couch as well. Just remember, cleaning is not only about appearance but also about protecting your health and well-being. So, make plenty of use of these tips and tricks to ensure you are keeping your living space hygienic above everything else. 

Author Bio

Aniya more is one of the brightest content writers at She is a passionate writer who loves to read books and explore different escape rooms. With a great work ethic, she spends most of her time researching and reading. When she is not working, she likes to relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy watching her favorite tv show or walking her dog peanut.


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