Home remedies for cleaning upholstery are numerous. What makes a good couch cleaner depends on what mess you are attempting to eradicate, and you must know the type of fabric and dye limitations your binge-watching buddy may have before you go applying any old mixture. Fabric sofa cleaning DIY is a huge trend, with an abundance of posts floating around on Instagram and Pinterest.
Microfiber Cleaning Solutions
It may be touted as easy to clean or nearly indestructible to pets and children playing, peeing and otherwise using the couch, but microfiber needs just as much attention to keep its surface clean as traditional fiber-covered furniture. The microscopic fibers absorb spills and pull it away from the aesthetic surface. Spills should still be blotted to soak up all the liquid you can at first contact. Vacuum the couch before rubbing it down with a damp microfiber cloth. Rubbing alcohol can remove odors and ink stains from microfiber; just test a small, unseen portion of the material first. A soft scrub brush can get the alcohol deep into the material and pull up stains and odors. It evaporates quickly, so it won't leave behind a wet stain. If petroleum jelly, makeup or another viscous substance has gotten into the material, scrape it off with a butter knife as much as possible before applying the alcohol. This may need to be done a few times if the smear is deep.
Suede, Leather and Linen
If you have a couch covered in expensive or otherwise delicate material, you will want to take precautions before and after a spill occurs. If you have little ones, lay down a layer of sheets or blankets as a first defense to marks, spills and liquid leaks. After testing a hidden spot on the couch without incident, spray the entire area and use a scrub brush to move the solution through the material. Permanent marker stains on leather can be blotted up with a solution of one part rubbing alcohol and one part vinegar with a drop of dish soap. Gum, makeup or other gluey substances can be lifted from suede by freezing the glob and gently removing the bulk of the problem from the material. Remove any residue with rubbing alcohol. Blot at the area to ensure you remove any extra alcohol once the stain is completely gone. A suede brush can work better than a household sponge or scrub brush on this grand material. Suede erasers are handy for quick cleanups of wine, milk or other liquid spills.
Home Remedies for Cleaning Upholstery
For upholstery to shine after getting dirty, it takes the right solution and some patience. Fill a spray bottle with one part vinegar, one part rubbing alcohol and a drop of essential oil for removing tough odors. Spray the soiled area and scrub gently with a sponge. Blot with a clean white towel.
Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at www.vegaswriter.com.