How to Clean Your Sofa

How to Clean Your Sofa

No matter how good the quality, how well designed, or even how well you take care of your sofa, it will pick up dust, dirt, and grime throughout its life and maybe even a spill or two. Unless you have a thing for plastic sheeting, you can never fully protect your sofa from everyday life. But, armed with some basic tools, and a bit of expert knowledge you can easily keep your sofa looking as good as new for a very long time.

Of course, as with everything else in your home a good vacuum from time to time will help keep your sofa dust free and relatively dirt free too. Don’t forget to fully utilize all of the handy little extra tools that your vacuum cleaner comes with to get right into all the different parts of your sofa and keep it clean.

Fixing Stains

Provided you are able to get your sofa damp and that it can withstand water, a simple soapy solution of washing up liquid and warm water is usually enough to remove unsightly stains and marks. Gently dab the mixture onto the stain and then follow up with clean water to rinse the area, and then dry.

Top Tip: It’s always best to dry quickly. Open windows and doors and if you have one to hand, try drying with a hair dryer.

How to Clean Your Sofa - Use Vinegar

How to Clean Your Sofa - Protect Against Stains with Castelan

For stubborn stains a stronger cleaner that can be used on most upholstery (check the care label first) is vinegar. This is a tried and tested method we used at home when I was growing up, and it seemed to work when as children we got grubby stains on the sofa. Using neat white vinegar dab it onto the stain before washing clean with warm soapy water. Then use clean warm water to remove any excess vinegar or soap that may have been left behind before drying.

Provided your sofa has them, removable sofa seat and cushion covers can be cleaned easily in the washing machine, or at the dry cleaner’s (check the label).

If all this fails then visit your nearest Better Furniture store where you can pick up a fabric protector kit, designed specifically for all fabric sofas.

How to Clean Your Sofa – Leather Furniture Care

Leather sofas and chairs can be easily cleaned with a combination of regular vacuuming and wiping clean with a non-abrasive damp cloth or sponge.

Vinegar is also a good solution for any stubborn stains. Before using anything other than water on your leather sofa test on a small hidden area first to make sure that it doesn’t cause any unwanted damage.

At Better Furniture we also sell protector kits designed specifically for taking care of your leather furniture.

How To Clean Your Sofa – Catselan Furniture Care

At Better Furniture we know that your sofa if a long term investment in your home, something that you will want to enjoy for many years to come without needing to repair or replace it. That’s why we now specialize in Castelan Premier Care. Castelan Premier Care is specifically designed to help protect your fabric or leather furniture from common spills and stains. It also covers you against any damages such as rips, tears or scratches.

If your sofa is fabric we will even treat it for you with specialist environmentally friendly fabric protector to help defend against spills and stains. Watch the video below for a demonstration.

For more information about Premier Care or the fabric and leather care kits we have available email:

Before following any of the advice above on how to clean your sofa please ensure that you check the care labels on your sofa and fabrics.