How to Disinfect a Couch (Two Cleaning Solutions)

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Typically, your couch should be cleaned and disinfected twice a year, but if you have small children and pets, it is better to clean and disinfect them every three to four months. It's also a good idea to disinfect a couch immediately if it has come in contact with someone who is sick or if any bodily fluids have gotten on the couch. Whether you have a fabric or leather couch, here's what to do ...

NOTE: Before disinfecting your couch, check the manufacturer's label to make sure that it doesn't require a special cleaning method or solution.

How to Clean a Fabric Covered Couch

A white living room sofa with matching pillow and a white fur blanket by a coffee table

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups of warm water

  • 1/3 cup of distilled white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of Castile soap or mild detergent

  • Clean spray bottle

  • Soft bristled brush

Step 1

First, mix together the cleaning solution, and then vacuum the entire couch, including under the cushions.

Step 2

Wash and dry any removable covers in your washing machine. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions as instructed.

Step 3

Lightly spray the surface of the couch. This works best if you work in smaller areas, like one cushion at a time or one arm at a time. Do not over-saturate the fabric.

Step 4

Use a soft brush to work the cleaning solution into the fabric. Blot any over-saturated areas with a soft, clean cloth.

Step 5

There is no need to rinse the couch. Allow it to air dry. Any smell of vinegar will dissipate as the fabric dries.

How to Disinfect a Leather Couch

Brown leather couch with neutral throw pillows

This method works on leather couches as well as faux leather and vinyl couches.

Step 1

Vacuum the couch thoroughly. Be sure to remove any cushions and vacuum underneath them as well.

Step 2

Mix a solution of equal parts water and distilled white vinegar. This works best if you mix the solution in a clean, spray bottle.

Step 3

Spray a soft, clean cloth with the vinegar mixture. Do not over-saturate the cloth or use a wet cloth for this step.

Step 4

Lightly wipe the vinegar mixture from the couch using a circular motion, making sure that you are wiping away any moisture as you go.

NOTE: Do not allow water or any cleaning solution to pool on leather or over-saturate the leather. This could damage the leather and cause water stains.

Step 5

Dry any wet spots using a dry, clean cloth immediately.

Jessica owns two blogs, Mom 4 Real and Pour Me a Cocktail. She has been sharing easy cleaning tips, recipes and ideas with her readers for over 7 years. She has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, TODAY Parenting, MSN, Country Woman Magazine and more.

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