Fabric sofas and chairs can often get heavily soiled as we sit on them a lot while watching the TV or eating dinner. Lounge sofas, recliners and dining chairs are also quite costly, typically in the thousands of dollars. You want them to last at least a decade before having to replace them, and would it be good if they could be in a similar condition to when you first bought them? The process of keeping an upholstery lounge sofa clean starts when you first buy it!
Ask The Right Questions
Manufactures of fabric upholstery sofas have an extremely wide range of fabrics to choose from when designing their sofas. Most consumers have no idea, they only look at the shape, size, colour, but you aren’t most consumers – you are a smart consumer and some fabrics clean up easier than others; smart decisions now will ensure your fabric upholstery sofa will clean up like magic and last a long time. When shopping for a new fabric upholstery sofa if you’ve found one that you like ask the sales assistant what type of fabric it is made from. Often they won’t know on the spot but you can ask them to check in their database or contact the manufacturer and they should be able to find out the fabric make-up. Some sofas are made from a mix of fabrics, others can be ordered in a range of fabrics, allowing you to choose the type of upholstery fabric that will be easiest to clean and most resistant to stains.
Choosing A Fabric Lounge Sofa
When it comes to fabric lounge sofas, you want as close to 100% polyester as possible. Polyester has very low moisture absorbency; it naturally resists absorbing in stains and spills, they tend to naturally sit “on top” of the fibre, and hence clean off very easily. Avoid fabrics such as cotton and viscose which are highly absorbent, sucking stains in, and hence very resistant to cleaning efforts. Look for macro/micro-suede sofas; these are primarily made from polyester, clean up like magic, and feel very comfortable to relax on. Get your fabric sofa professionally fabric protected when you buy it; make sure it is done by a professional using a motorised sprayer then worked it in evenly using a horsehair brush, be very careful that you aren’t ripped off by someone just spraying a can from the supermarket over it.
How To Clean Your Fabric Sofa
Firsty vacuum the fabric lounge sofa, preferably with a High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) vacuum cleaner; HEPA vacuum cleaners will remove microscopic particles that other vacuums recirculate into the air, improving the indoor air quality. If you have hard-surface flooring under the sofa such as tiles, floorboards or vinyl, put a tarp and cotton dropsheet under the sofa to protect the floors and minimize your cleanup; tarp goes down first, cotton dropsheet goes on the tarp, sofa goes on the cotton dropsheet.
Get a 10 L bucket, a microfiber cleaning glove, some microfiber cleaning cloths (large sizes best) and some professional cleaning products; at Upholstery Cleaning Adelaide we use and recommend Bonnet Pro’s Rocket or Omegazyme Encapsulation detergents for all upholstery cleaning. Mix 200 ml of the cleaning products to 5 L of water, use hot water if using Omegazyme. Put the cleaning glove on your hand, put your hand into the bucket of solution, get the glove nice and wet, take the glove out, squeeze out excess solution back into the bucket, then work the product into the sofa.
You want to work in sections generally from the top of the sofa down, doing sections at a time. If the bottom/top cushions are detachable or double-sided, you can setup a fold-out table, take each cushion off, vacuum & clean each cushion, then put chefs paper down and lay then against a wall with chefs paper underneath them and between them and the wall so they can dry. Once a cushion or the whole sofa base is cleaned, get the microfiber cloths and use them to absorb as much water off the sofa as possible; this step is very important as this will also remove a lot of the dirt and soiling off the sofa. Keep drying every piece off with microfiber cloths until the cloths don’t pick up any more moisture and change cloths often as once a cloth is fully wet, it can’t pickup any more. Leave the sofa to dry for 4-6 hours. To maintain the sofa clean it every 2-3 years.