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 thousands of dollars. However, 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
Manufacturers of fabric upholstery sofas have an extensive 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, ask the sales assistant what type of fabric it is made from if you’ve found one that you like. 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 various 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 thus 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 relaxing. Get your fabric sofa professionally fabric protected when you buy it. Make sure it is done by a professional using a motorised sprayer, then work it 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
Firstly 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 drop sheet under the couch to protect the floors and minimize your cleanup; tarp goes down; first, cotton drop sheet goes on the tarp, sofa goes on the cotton drop sheet.
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 the 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 set up a fold-out table, take each cushion off, vacuum & clean each cushion, then put chefs paper down and lay them 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 essential 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 clothes don’t pick up any more moisture and change materials often as once fabric is thoroughly wet; it can’t pick up any more. Leave the sofa to dry for 4-6 hours. To maintain the sofa, clean it every 2-3 years.