The living room is where you spend the most time with family and friends. It’s also where you have your most guests. So it must be clean, but how do you clean a couch?
There are many household items that can be used to clean a couch. Check out these DIY recipes that use common household products to get your couch looking good as new again.
A dirty couch prevents your space from feeling inviting. Here are some household items you can use to clean your couch and ensure it always looks fresh!
- Sponge with mild dish soap
- Sponge with baking soda
- Sponge with vinegar
- Cloth or towel with baby oil
- Broom with dustpan
- Dusting fan brush
How to Clean a Couch
To clean your couch:
- Start by laying a cloth or towel on the couch.
- Use the small sponges you normally use for laundry to remove any dirt and dust.
- Avoid using soft cloths that can damage the couch’s leather.
- Wipe the couch down with the mild dish soap solution.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Rinse it off using a mild, dishwashing liquid cleaner.
Once the soap is gone, rinse it again with plain water. The vinegar will help to make the couch smell fresh. Blow gently to dry the couch, then let it air dry for a few hours. A dryer is not needed.
A few additional tips to keep in mind:
Avoid using any type of ammonia-based cleaner.
Be gentle with the furniture and check to see if the leather has been damaged.
Cleaning with Household Items
You may not be able to purchase a new couch, but you can clean it and make it look brand new by using items found in your kitchen.
To clean your couch, you will need the following:
- An old blanket, or throw
- Bath towel
- Soft scrub
- Baking soda
- Hot water
You will want to wash your throw blankets frequently and scrub your couch with a soft scrub and a washcloth. To restore your couch to its former glory, follow all cleaning instructions.
Cleaning with a Dry Cloth
If you really want to give your couch a deep clean, you should probably just dust it. You can also dust your couch and other furniture with a broom. Next, you need to vacuum your couch. Then you can use a soft cloth to clean off your couch cushions.
Instead of using a dishcloth, you can also use a small washcloth to clean your couch. Make sure that it has just enough baby oil on it so it won’t cause scratches on your couch. Before you throw it in the dryer, pat your couch down with a dry cloth to remove any oils from your couch.
Disinfecting Your Couch for Pets, Kids, and Allergies
You may already be cleaning your pet’s messes, but you’ll need to sanitize your couch as well. Make your home safer for your furry friends by disinfecting the couch before the pets come over. Give your couch a full wipe down and vacuum it as well.
Your couch can get dirty fast, so don’t leave the cleaning to the last minute. This is especially true for kids and pets. Make cleaning your couch a regular chore, so you never forget to do it.
Top 5 spots to clean your couch and protect against pet allergens:
- Bottom cushions, along with the armrests and cushioning
- Top cushions
- Filing system
- Kitty litter box
Pets may be a large responsibility, but they’re also a huge benefit to your family.
Cleaning a couch isn’t difficult. It just takes a little elbow grease and patience to get everything done. Check out our more colorful decoration and tabletop ideas for some great ways to bring some color to your space this holiday season. Looking for more cleaning tips? Check out our website, Couch Master.