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Cleaning Tips, Tricks & Advice

Sofa Cleaners would like to share with you some great methods, tips, tricks & advice that can help you maintain your sofas, rugs & upholstery and keep them clean and hygenic. Icluding advice on vacuum cleaners and how to get the right machine, how to's, information about mold and mildew, sofa protection, upholstery care, and more.

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Sofas, rugs and upholstery add beauty, comfort, colour and elegance to a beautiful home. To ensure the beauty of your home, you should know about the different cleaning, protection, and stain removal methods available for sofas, rugs and upholstery.

  • The best way to keep anything clean is always prevention. Taking proper care and maintaining your sofa clean will save you money from having to buy expensive cleaning products.
  • Buy a good Entrance Mat: The best tip of all tips, we highly recommended the proper use of entrance mat will help clean off people's shoes and will keep most of the tracked in soils off the sofa surfaces. When using entrance mats there are two very important considerations for making them as effective as possible. The first is the mat must be long enough, so the length should be between 6 to 12 feet long, with 10 to 12 feet long being the best. There also needs to be mats placed outside the building. These will remove the larger particles of soil. The second is they must be cleaned on a regular basis before they reach the point of total saturation. When a mat reaches this point it can no longer hold the soils and they end up spilling onto the floors it is protecting. Monitoring areas outside the building and well positioned entrance mats are ways we can prevent most of the soils from entering your home. Not matter how efficient your protective maintenance is, a certain amount of soil will get in.
  • Never rub carelessly at a sofa stain, this will only cause it to spread and become permanent and may also weaken the fibre.
  • Stains that are not treated well often reappears at the surface of your sofa. You may have thought you've cleaned the stain, but soon after you'll see the same making its way to the surface of your rug. To prevent this, cover the stain with a thick cloth and weigh down with something heavy overnight, allowing the cloth to absorb the stain, then, clean as usual.
  • Never use a hair dryer or an iron to dry a sofa stain, this will only seal the stain permanently on your rug, making matters worse!
  • Make sure to steam clean your sofa as often as needed. To have a clean sofa, you need to have it either cleaned by a professional sofa cleaner or you will need to use a deep cleaning machine. There are advantages as well as disadvantages to each of these choices. The point is that a thorough cleaning will be needed at the very least every six months to a year.
  • For particularly obstinate mold and mildew, you can go in for a non-chlorine bleach or lemon juice and salt solution for colored fabrics. Else you can just slightly brush the area with a solution of hydrogen peroxide (one part of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to five parts of water), provided you are sure that the solution doesn't harm the fabric of the sofa.
  • Watch for spills and take care of them quickly to maintain a clean sofa. Just using water on the spill will help most spills. And, if that doesn't work, expand your search. You will find several products on the market that can help you to get rid of spills quickly. These products range in uses and can be helpful when you match them with the type of spill that has occurred. You can also use a mixture of water and vinegar to help you keep the stains out. Taking immediate action can help to prevent spills from becoming stains leaving you with a clean sofa.
  • A clean sofa is one that is taken care of. Take the time to vacuum often enough and do it correctly. Go over the floor in several directions to allow the vacuum to pick up all the debris it can. A high quality vacuum is the best choice. Make sure to use it correctly as you are directed by the manufacturer. Also, make sure to keep the bags or containers empty and filters clean as well.
  • As much as possible, use the mildest cleaning products available in the market on your sofa. Use only harsher ones with stubborn stains and certain spillages. Mild sofa shampoos are still always the best solution.
  • When using a cleaning product, the trick is "read the label and follow the manufacturer's instruction" if not sure check the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)

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Identifying your sofa material

The first thing you need to have while learning how to clean sofas is information about your sofas. You should know the type of your sofa before you start cleaning it up. It is important to know the material used in the sofa because each type needs a different approach. For instance, you cannot use heated products or even machines for a wool sofa, you cannot also apply bleach to this type. So, in such a case, you should be aware that you have a wool sofa otherwise you would spoil it instead of cleaning it! Similarly, there are different ways to clean sofas made of synthetic, silk and plant fibres.

The next thing on your agenda for cleaning sofas at home is to find a good sofa cleaning solution for the same material your sofa is made of. Try to look for such products at the shelves of your local supermarket or hardware store. Read the package clearly and find out if it works on the type of sofa you have. Also, if you are looking for stain removal products then check if the product removes a specific stain or not. In general, try to find out a cleaning solution that can kill germs thereby making your sofas healthy for the inmates of your home.

Sofa cleaning becomes a challenge when you stain it. That is why it is always better to take preliminary precautions. The best approach is to clean the sofas at frequent intervals.

Vacuum regularly

Lastly, if you wish to clean your sofas at home, you need proper equipment too. Purchasing a good vacuum cleaner is a good idea and will help you and save time. Vacuum your sofas on a regular basis so it's easier to clean dust and dirt. If you clean your sofas frequently, you do not let the gritty particles pile up. Consequently, even stains are easy to remove in case you spill something.

Soils in your sofa

Around 80% of soils that enter your home are dry soils. The remaining 20% are oils, greases and starches. The dry soils can be easily removed by vacuuming as long as they are removed on a daily basis, helping minimize the damage.

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How can we help?

Having a clean sofa is more than just healthy, it can also prolong the life of the sofa. If you have just installed the sofa, you already realize the expense involved in doing so. But, even if you have not just done this, you probably realize the benefits of keeping your sofa clean. It will add value to the home if it is well maintained. It will help to keep the home odor free as well.

Here at, has all the resources and solutions on ways how to clean and maintain your sofa either for immediate, interim or major restorative we have it here. We pull our knowledge, from a group of experts and other contributors around the world to help others and make this website beneficial to you. Saves you time, saves your money.

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