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Dealing With Mantsa? Keep Your Sofa Clean With Homemade Solutions!
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  • Let’s face it — living with children involves constant cleaning and putting things back in its proper place. No part of the house seems to be safe from kid-related muddles; sometimes they can be the floor, the walls, or a piece of furniture, like the sofa. Soon you’ll find your precious seating piece riddled with different dark stains and blotches that are difficult to remove.

    But before you call a professional, there is actually a simple home remedy that you can do yourself! This method will help you save both time and money, and help get back your sofa's brand new look.

    How to DIY-clean a couch

    With a little bit of elbow grease and a quick look at the contents of your kitchen, it’s not too difficult to get rid of those nasty stains on your couch! All you need to do is vacuum away the dirt, make a homemade cleaning solution, and don't forget to dry it completely afterwards.

    1. Read the tag on your couch

    Before anything else, look at the tag on your couch and read the cleaning instructions carefully. Couches usually have one of four codes to indicate how they are supposed to be cleaned:

    • W: It can only be cleaned using water.
    • WS: It can be cleaned using either water or a dry-cleaning detergent.
    • S: It can only be cleaned by dry-cleaning methods.
    • X: It can only be cleaned using a vacuum.
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    2. Vacuum your couch

    Clear away any dirt or debris that may have gotten on the surface of your couch using a hand vacuum or the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Pay attention to the corners and nooks where there dirt and debris can get stuck. If your couch cushions are removable, take them off the couch and vacuum them separately.


    3. Clean the non-fabric part of the couch

    Whether the frame of your couch is made of metal, wood or any other material, make sure to also wipe it down using a piece of cloth dipped in a solution of warm water and liquid dish soap.

    4. Prepare a homemade cleaning solution

    Common kitchen ingredients can be put together to create effective cleaning solutions! The type of solution you need depends on the material your sofa's upholstery is made of:

    • Fabric upholstery: Mix ¼ cup of vinegar, ¾ cup of warm water, and 1 tablespoon of dish soap
    • Leather upholstery: Mix ½ cup of olive oil and ¼ cup of vinegar
    • Synthetic upholstery: Mix ½ cup of vinegar, 1 cup of warm water, and ½ tablespoon of liquid dish soap
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    5. Remove stains

    Depending on the upholstery of your sofa, use your homemade cleaning solution to take away those stains.

    • Fabric upholstery: Spray the solution onto the stain, then scrub it with a soft cloth until the stain lifts. Later, wet another piece of cloth with clean water, then use that to remove the cleaning solution. Dry it with a towel afterwards.
    • Leather upholstery: Spray the solution onto the stain, then buff it with a soft piece of cloth.
    • Synthetic upholstery: Spray the solution onto the stain, then scrub it with a soft piece of cloth until the stain disappears.

    You can also use baking soda to remove the stains. Simply sprinkle it on the surface of your couch, then let it sit for about half an hour. This quick method will not only get rid of stains and grime but also of nasty, lingering odors.

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    6. Dry the couch well

    After cleaning, make sure to dry your couch thoroughly, because leaving cushions and fabric wet can cause growth of mildew. If your couch isn’t getting enough air, you can place an electric fan directly in front of it.

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