We spend a lot of time on our couches, so they’re bound to get dirty and stained from time to time. Knowing how to clean couch stains is a skill we should all have up our sleeves. Be it an emergency red wine spill or just a buildup of grime from the dog sitting on the couch every day, we have the answers and will show you how to clean a couch effectively!
First, and most important, is making sure you read the manufacturer’s suggestions for cleaning. Couches always come with a cleaning tag, just like your favorite items of clothing. Check the tag for cleaning clues. Here are some codes you’re likely to find and what they mean:
The best way to clean couch stains is to wipe the couch with the correct cleaning solution (depending on the fabric). Focus on scrubbing the stained areas and then allow the couch to dry.
The following tips should do the trick when it comes to cleaning each type of fabric, but make sure you check that cleaning tag and test products in an inconspicuous spot before applying them to the whole couch.
Rubbing alcohol is your friend when you’re cleaning most microfiber couches. As we mentioned before, be sure to check that tag and test the solution before using anything to clean the entire couch. The cleaning code “S” (for “solvent”) means rubbing alcohol is a great option.
Leather couches open the book to a whole list of cleaning options, as leather comes in a variety of different finishes. When determining how to clean a leather couch, keep in mind that methods will vary significantly from one couch to another. These cleaning instructions are specifically intended for cleaning protected leather, which is most common and simpler to clean than other types of leather. If you have an unprotected leather couch, consult the company’s suggestions for cleaning. Finally, be sure to check that cleaning label and test cleaning products in an inconspicuous spot on the couch first.
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