If you want to spruce up your living room – start by paying your sofa some attention. Would it benefit from a spring clean?

Whether you’re freshening up or deep cleaning, follow these tips to make your sofa look as good as new.

Freshen up your fabric sofa

The quickest way to give your fabric sofa a quick clean is to vacuum it using the upholstery attachment. If you have a dried stain, try gently brushing it first to loosen any particles before you use any cleaning solutions.

If your sofa has become smelly, sprinkle it with baking powder, which acts as a deodoriser. The bicarbonate of soda absorbs smells rather than masking them. Leave the powder on for at least twenty minutes before thoroughly vacuuming the sofa.

Deep cleaning a fabric sofa

If your sofa needs more than a vacuum, try giving it a deep clean.

Check the care labels on the sofa to see which cleaning method is recommended. And if you’re uncertain about using a cleaning product, try a small test patch first to see how the fabric reacts – you don’t want to cause any colour loss or water spotting.

Always blot rather than rub the fabric, as sofa upholstery is not suitable for soaking or scrubbing. To clean fabric sofa cushions, remove them from the sofa if they’re not attached, and vacuum all sides of each cushion using the brush attachment.

Once you’ve removed dust and general debris, you can use an upholstery cleaner to target any stains. Usually, a spray or foam cleaner is left on for a couple of minutes before wiping or blotting dry.

If you’re unsure about using a cleaner, you can always make your own mild detergent by adding white vinegar to cold water. This can be used to gently blot any stains. Remove some of the moisture with a clean, dry towel and let it dry naturally in the air for 24 hours.

Some sofa seat cushion covers can be removed and machine or hand washed. Make sure you allow plenty of time for the covers to dry naturally before replacing them.

How to clean a leather sofa

First, check the care tag to see what cleaning products and methods are safe to use on the leather.

Gently vacuuming or wiping a leather sofa will get rid of loose dirt, pet hairs, and general debris. Using the brush attachment, vacuum along the seams and in crevices.

If appropriate, use a leather cleaner and work it into the leather with a soft cloth. Depending on the cleaner, you can wipe it off with a damp cloth or simply buff it with a dry cloth. Next, apply a leather conditioner which will help to prevent further staining.

How to clean your loose cushions

Check if there’s a label on the inside of the cushion cover. Some silk or wool cushion cases will be dry clean only, but many are machine or hand washable. Generally, these should be washed on a low setting using a gentler wool or silk detergent, particularly if the cushion has embroidery or other decoration sewn on it.

If the cushion case isn’t removable, you’ll have to take into consideration the type of filling. Some cushions can be washed in their entirety in the washing machine on a delicate cycle, or you can hand wash them.

Cushions don’t generally respond well to tumble dryers. It’s best to drip dry the cushion first and then pop it into the tumble dryer on a low setting for a few minutes, as this will help you to fluff it back into shape.

Freshen up your living room with a brand new sofa this spring

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