How to Clean a Fabric Sofa Easily

The sofa came from the Arabic word suffah which, was meant for a long wooden bench that was only used by the royals of pharaohs. The roman empire started using these long benches which, were called settees. These were nothing like modern days sofas. After the fall of the roman empire, the use of these settees stopped. But in the 16th-century people, again started to use oak woods to build these long benches.

Before the 16th century, people used tapestries to cover the inner side of the house to keep it from cold and wet weather. But as the architectural design of house making improved, they started thinking about other uses of the tapestries. Soon they started using it on their oak-made benches as fabrics for comfort and a better look. As the use of settee once again became popular in the german, united kingdom, they updated the version of the sofa by using horsehair and dried sea moss as the padding or cushioning. In the 17th century, France introduced a double chair which was more like today’s sofa. Gradually the design started to improve, and in the 18th century, more prominent designs of sofas were introduced by Thomas Chippendale.

After the renaissance period, the industry started booming, and every material required to make a sofa became available and affordable. In the 19th century as sewing machines were introduced and metal was available spring was introduced for sofas, which increased the comfort. Now there are varieties of sofas with many different designs and fabrics. As we know, things tend to wear off or get dirty due to excessive use. So do the sofas. To keep the sofas from dirt and be able to use them for a long period we need to keep them clean. Today we will discuss how to clean a fabric sofa or fabric sofa.

Cleaning fabric sofa or Fabric Couch:

Before cleaning a fabric sofa look for instructions written on the sofa’s label.


If it says w then it must be cleaned with only water solutions. If it says S then, it should be cleaned with only solvent-based solutions. S/W means it can be cleaned with both water and solvent solutions. X means it should only be vacuumed.

Process of cleaning:

You have to react quickly if you spill something on the sofa as it may get stained very quickly. Waiting too long to clean can make the stain permanent.

Try to vacuum the sofa with a hand vacuum which will remove loose particles from the fabrics, and you will be able to focus on the stained place only.

Then try to use a dry brush to clean any dust and dirt. This will also loosen the stain, which will make the cleaning easier.

Use manufacturer prescribed solution on the stained spot to clean it properly. Because other solutions may be harmful to the fabric and may destroy it permanently. If you do not get the manufacturer-defined solution then use whatever you got in hand. But test it on somewhere it would be difficult to see. Because if the solution causes discoloration or any effect on the fabric then you won’t use it. If nothing happens then use it to remove the stain.

For water stains, if water gets too deep inside the fabric then you can use vinegar and water solution. Simply spray the solution on the water stain. Then use any absorbent cloth-like microfiber to remove the moisture from the fabric.

If the stain is too deep or won’t come off easily then you can use baking soda. Baking soda is a good chemical to remove stains from fabrics. It not only helps to remove fabrics but also helps to remove odor or any bad smell from your fabric and sofa. You can simply sprinkle baking soda on the fabrics and let it sit then vacuum clean with a vacuum cleaner or make a solution of fifty percent baking soda and fifty percent water and spray it on the fabric then wait for fifteen to twenty minutes then vacuum it properly. This will remove the stains from your sofa’s fabric.

Steam cleaning:

You can also use a steam cleaner to clean dirt and stain from your sofa’s fabric. Steam cleaner is all about the heat, so make sure your fabric can handle the heat, whether it is allowed by the manufacturer or not. If you are not sure you can always spot clean to find out how it affects the fabric of your sofa. Before using the steam cleaner vacuum properly to remove any dust particle or dirt from the fabric. Then use the steam cleaner on it. After using the steam cleaner, keep your fan on and open the windows and doors of your room to make sure of proper air circulation. Try not to use the sofa for a day and let it air dry properly overnight. On the next day vacuum, the fabric thoroughly once again to remove any moisture or liquid on it.

Synthetic fabric cleaning:

For synthetic fabrics like polyester do not use extra cleaning solutions because this may damage the fabric. Just take a sponge soaked in water and brush it over the stained area, this should be enough to remove simple stains. But if the stain is very deep then you can take a soap solution and soak the sponge in it. Then gently brush the stained area with it. This will remove the stain. Do not press the sponge firmly to the fabrics because this may cause water to enter the fabric and damage it. After cleaning it, let it dry properly.

The cushion cover can be cleaned in the washing machine if the manufacturer allows that.

Disinfecting the fabrics:

Following the above methods, you can surely clean the fabrics of dirt, dust, and stains. But to disinfect it you can use a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water or essential oil. Simply spray the mixture on the fabric and let it set for a couple of minutes then vacuum dry it.


Fabric sofas are very common furniture nowadays. You will find them in almost every house around the world. As these are the most used furniture in a house so it must be maintained properly to be able to use it for a long time. Maintaining includes cleaning and disinfecting the fabric of your sofa. Proper maintenance of the fabric increases its life and keeps the environment and the user safe from dirt and germs. This article will hopefully help you to understand the process of how to clean a fabric sofa.

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