How to Clean and Care for Your Fabric and Leather Sofa

Sofa is an important piece of furniture and it is very important to keep the sofa clean. However, there are many kinds of cleaners available in the market, and different types of sofas seem to have different cleaning methods. Let us teach you different ways to clean your sofa.

Fabric sofa

There are many styles of fabric sofas, which bring a warm feeling with high air permeability and relatively affordable price. Therefore, many people choose fabric sofa. However, fabric sofa is prone to mould and dust in damp places, so frequent cleaning is required. The following is the cleaning routine of the fabric sofa and the treatment methods when different problems occur.

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Cleaning routine of fabric sofa

The fabric sofa has detachable and non-detachable styles. The detachable sofa should be cleaned every 2 months. Remember to pay attention to whether it can be washed with water. In addition to looking at the laundry label, you can try a neutral detergent in the corner of the sofa and observe whether the colour fades. If there’s no colour fading, you can wash it with water.

In addition, the washable sofa also comes with different fabrics, and the washing method is also different. If it is a cotton cover, try to wash it by hand at a low temperature to avoid deformation and pilling caused by the strong pulling of the washing machine. If it is a blended fabric cover, it can be washed in the washing machine, which is very convenient.

As for the non-detachable style, you should keep it from getting dirty and treat it with care. Cleaning routine can be easier than other materials. You only need to use a vacuum cleaner that can absorb dust mites once a month carefully, especially in the corners of the gap, the position against the wall, etc.

If you want to use the fabric sofa for a long time, it is recommended to find a professional cleaning company for thorough cleaning in 1-2 years to keep the fabric sofa bright and clean.

How to deal with the common problems of fabric sofa

Moisture: If the cloth is damp due to sweat and moisture, you can sprinkle baking soda powder on the comb and wait for 5 minutes to absorb the moisture. Then, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the powder, wipe it with a clean, slightly damp towel and expose it to the sun for dehumidification.

Smell: The smell is actually caused by sweat, moisture, food and beverage staining on the fabric, which has not been properly treated and leads to the growth of bacteria and continues to emit a smell. You can consider steam sterilization with a steam iron to remove the smell.

Stains: Immediately use a dry cloth to absorb the liquid if the sofa is spilt by drinks or liquids, then use a hair dryer with cold air to blow it until it is completely dry. If there are still traces after drying, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe from the outside to the inside of the stain. If the stain is stubborn, use a fabric sofa cleaner, spray the stain according to the usage and wipe it away. After cleaning, the waterproof and antifouling agent of the cloth can be added to ensure the durability and cleanliness of the cloth.

Leather sofa

The leather comb texture design is noble and gorgeous. As long as it is well maintained, the life of the leather sofa is longer than the fabric sofa, so it is very important to clean and maintain the leather sofa.

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Cleaning routine of leather sofa

Whether it is genuine leather or artificial leather, you must first understand whether your leather sofa has a protective layer. It is common to have a protective layer. The surface layer is shiny and waterproof, while the one without a protective layer is matte with obvious texture.

For a leather sofa with a protective layer, you generally only need to wring dry with a cloth soaked in water until there is no dripping, and then wipe with light force in a circular motion to wipe off the dust and sweat, and use another dry cloth to dry it. You can also consider waxing with a leather protector.

For a matte leather sofa, it is absolutely necessary to avoid the use of chemical cleaners, otherwise, it may cause discolouration. The cleaning method is the same as that of the protective layer, which can be cleaned with water.

It is recommended to clean it briefly once a week. Remember that sofa should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Long-term exposure will draw away the moisture in the skin and cause dryness and cracking. In addition, keep it ventilated and dry. Don’t cover the leather sofa, especially if it is covered with unclean cloth, it may make the sofa mouldy.

Leather sofa stain treatment method

If the leather comb is stained due to long-term use and if there is a protective layer, you can use a relatively mild liquid soap to add to the water and mix well, dip into the cloth and wring it dry, then clean it in a circular motion. Next, wipe it with a slightly damp cloth with clean water, and finally, wipe it with a dry cloth.

Special leather cleaners can also be used for cleaning, but it should be noted that different types of leather also have their corresponding cleaners. They must be applied correctly. However, it is recommended to clean with leather cleaners only once or twice a year, because if the leather is repeatedly touched by chemical agents, the natural oil layer of the leather will be removed and the leather will be hardened.

If there are stains on the matte leather sofa, you can gently pull up the stained surface layer, and then use a damp cloth to absorb the stains. Try not to let the matte leather absorb too much water. If there is no other method, you can also consider some special leather scrub cleaners.

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