How to Clean and Sanitize a Used Couch

You have found the used sofa of your dreams. Congratulations! It will look perfect in your home, right after you've gotten rid of the bacterial evidence of being at someone else's home, a thrift store, a delivery truck, and who knows where else.

It may take a bit of grease to thoroughly clean a modest sofa, but now is not the time to take the room spray and finish.

Think about it: you're going to put your face on the pillows of that thing. You bought the sofa, not its smells, and you won't regret the effort to get it back to its best.

To help you get the most out of your new piece for yourself, we've put together a guide on how to properly update this piece of furniture.

Next, read the best tips on how to clean and sanitize a used sofa.

Things you'll need

  • Toothbrush
  • Gloves
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Portable vacuum cleaner or vacuum cleaner with nozzle connection
  • Enzyme based cleaner (optional)
  • Portable steam cleaning machine (optional)
  • Vinegar or vodka
  • Spray bottle

How to clean a used couch

Step 1: clean up dirt and debris

If a new sofa for you really needs a little tinkering and you got lucky on a sunny day, start the cleaning process outside.

Ultraviolet rays kill bacteria and working outdoors ensures that you won't breathe in decades of dust.

Likewise, even if you never wear gloves, cleaning a used sofa is a great time to get in the habit.

Dust and spores, combined with cleaning products, can do a lot on your hands, and wearing new gloves is the safest and most hygienic way to clean.

Once you're done, grab a portable vacuum or nozzle vacuum and run it across the couch and its crevices for the first time to remove crumbs, hair, or other debris.

Use the bristle brush to remove and loosen hardened debris like melted chocolate or (hopefully) other foods.

Step 2: prepare and plan for cleaning

Remove anything that can be removed: pillows, pillows, covers, etc. - treat and clean separately.

If the label on your sofa has a W-S code, it can be cleaned with water and water-free solvents. Put everything removable in the washing machine on high heat and dry in the sun to prevent shrinkage.

If the label on your sofa has an S code, which stands for "solvent," it means you should take it to the laundry if there is no longer any hope of on-site treatments.

If your sofa label has an X code, avoid liquid or foam cleaning agents as they can cause shrinkage or staining.

Use only a vacuum cleaner or dry cloth to clean these sofas. If that doesn't solve it, seek professional help and consult a sofa cleaning service.

Step 3: deal with blemishes

Mix a cup of warm water with 1/4 cup of white vinegar and a tablespoon of Castile soap or a mild detergent in a spray bottle or small bowl.

Spray or use a clean cloth to dampen the solution on the stain, but don't saturate the fabric (or you may make the stain larger than you started).

Blot the stain with a clean, damp cloth. Let dry and repeat the process as necessary.

If your vintage modular sofa has metal legs that have looked better (brighter days), soak the area in white vinegar (if possible) or use a solution of lemon juice and salt, mild soap, and ammonia to remove the rust.

Step 4: neutralize odors

Remove pillows, if possible, and cover the sofa with a thin layer of baking soda. Use a dry bristle brush to work with baking soda in the material, as well as in the corners and crevices.

Let the yeast sit for a few hours to soak up the moisture.

Spraying a water and vinegar or water and vodka solution on the couch can help eliminate most odors.

You can also use an enzymatic cleaner to combat odors and stains that won't budge. Just be sure to buy the right cleaner for your sofa material.

To clean a leather sofa

Use a vacuum nozzle to clean the cracks. Treat light stains with a solution of powdered detergent and water or a special leather soap called saddle soap, using a clean white microfiber cloth.

Do not use liquids on an oil stain when working with leather.

Instead, sprinkle baking soda on the area, let it sit for a few hours, and then wipe the couch with the microfiber cloth.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about how to clean and sanitize a couch:

Source: Andrea Jean Cleaning

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