During the winter Holidays, all the family gathers around to spend some quality time together and enjoy good food. A lot of the bonding happens in the living room and your couch needs to be prepared for it. We are talking about toddlers, family pets, unexpected food stains and spilt drinks. The whole 9 yards. If you want your furniture to survive the winter celebrations you better prepare your self and learn how to properly maintain and clean it. Fortunately for you, our London professionals are here to guide you in the right direction.
1. Make Sure You Have the Right Cleaning Tools
You need to be properly equipped before diving into the depts of sofa cleaning. There are various types of tools you can use according to the way you want your couch to be washed. We will look at the 3 most popular cleaning methods so here is what you need to have to execute them properly:
- A vacuum cleaner with the appropriate attachments
- Some microfibre cloths
- A brush with soft bristles
- Steam cleaner – this one is optional as you can rent one or hire professional cleaners to do it for you.
- Proper upholstery detergent
- Enzyme-based cleaner
- Fabric sanitising spray
- A couple of white towels
- A roll of kitchen paper
2. Wash Your Couch at Home
If you don’t have the budget for professional upholstery cleaning services you can always try to do it on your own. This method doesn’t require special tools, rather than it can take more time than planned. So you might want to use it after the Holiday celebrations are over. Here is what you need to do:
- Vacuum your couch thoroughly, remember the hard-to-reach spots like in between the cushions or around the armrests.
- Read the instructions on the label of your sofa. You need to check and see if it’s safe to proceed to the next step. If you can’t treat your upholstery with water the cleaning stops here.
- Use a couple of drops of your upholstery detergent and a damp cloth and dab the stained areas of the sofa. Repeat until everything is gone.
- Once you have dealt with them, you can wipe the couch with a slightly wet towel.
- Leave it to dry out on its own. This may take up to a day, according to how wet was the towel you used.
- After all of that, you can use a sanitizing spray to get rid of any leftover smells and germs. You can find them in most stores in London.
3.The Magic of the Enzyme Cleaner
One of the best cleaning technics when it comes to brightening the upholstery of your sofas is using an enzyme detergent. This product works slower than others but the results are 10 times better. The protein molecules of the stains are being dissolved and your couch will be as good as new. Similar to the previous technic this one takes at least 24 hours from start to finish.
- Hover your sofa just as you would do if you were to use the first cleaning method.
- Locate the stains and pour a couple of drops of the enzyme cleaner on them. Dab them with a cloth and leave the detergent to do its job for at least 12 hours. IT will be great if you can cover the stains with a towel and dot let anybody to sit on the couch.
- After the time is up, wash the spots with a wet towel and leave them to dry off.
This is maybe the fastest and easiest cleaning technic out there. You don’t have to use any particular detergents all you need is a couple of minutes and a good steam cleaner and you can wash your couch all by yourself. Of course, you can always rely on your local London upholstery cleaners to the job for you if you don’t have the time or equipment to do it by yourself.
- Vacuum the entire length and breadth of your sofa.
- Steam clean your upholstery. If needed you can use a specialised detergent.
- Leave your couch to dry off for a couple of hours.
Now your sofa is ready for the Holidays!