While it is certainly not difficult clean sofas, the process is a deliberative one and you will need to follow a few specific steps. If you follow all steps to the letter, you will find your sofa looks almost brand new. Perhaps it may even end up looking better than it did when it was displayed in the showroom.
Sofas do collect a great deal of dust, dirt, and debris. So, the first step to cleaning one would be to vacuum it thoroughly. This means you need to vacuum the front, rear, sides, and the armrests. Use a very powerful vacuum cleaner with a nozzle attachment to ensure the perfect end result.
Standard soap and water will not yield the best results. In fact, you could cause a great deal of damage with the wrong cleaning solutions. Rather than randomly picking a cleaning agent, you will need to determine the specific fabric your sofa is made from. This information should be on the tag but you can contact the manufacturer for the answer as well.
Once you have determined the exact fabric, you can then purchase the proper high grade shampoo appropriate for the fabric.
You will need a cleaning device appropriate for the task. A high quality rug cleaner with an attachment for cleaning sofas would be the best device to rent. Again, you want to acquire a high performance cleaner as this will ensure the job is done properly while reducing the potential for spots, watermarks, and other flaws to rear their heads.
Clean a small area of the sofa to determine whether or not the cleaner works to your specifications. If it does, then clean the sofa thoroughly. Remove the cushions and clean them separately.
Sofas and the cushions will need to completely and properly dry after a cleaning. Upon drying, you may wish to repeat the entire process if you feel this would be necessary.
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