Is your fabric couch in dire need of a clean but you’re not sure what products or methods to use? Then keep reading to learn about how to freshen it up without damaging the fabric and how upholstery cleaning experts from Perth Carpet Cleaning can help you.

Check the instructions 

The first thing you should do is check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions and see what they suggest. It is important you follow these instructions because if you don’t you could void warranties or damage the couch.

Vacuum often 

If you are someone who loves to hang out on the couch, entertain a lot in the living room or let your pets on the sofa, then you should vacuum your furniture often to keep it fresh. Dirt can also be damaging to your couch as it wears away fibres. If your vacuum has an upholstery attachment, use it as it is not as harsh on the couch as the regular floor attachment.

Spot removal 

If you are removing a dirt spot or oil spot, make sure to use a fabric cleaner which you have already tried on an inconspicuous area of the couch, such as where the fabric wraps underneath the couch. This is a good idea as it can avoid mishaps.

Be gentle 

The reason you are cleaning your couch is to make it feel clean and look good. However, if you use harsh brushes and scrub the fabric, you might damage the fabric. If you are cleaning a stain this way, this can push the stain further into the fibres of the couch and make it harder to remove. Ensure you always use very soft brushes or microfibre clothes and work gently on the couch.

Use water sparingly

When working with fabrics, it is always best to use water sparingly. This is because if the couch stays damp after cleaning, mildew and mould can grow, which is hazardous for health and creates a foul odour. Less is more with water and instead of going straight in with water, try specially formulated solvent spot removers first as these can be more effective.

Understanding upholstery labels 

Another handy trick is to check if the upholstery has any labels. These can usually be found beneath a cushion or on the underside of the furniture. These labels have letters on them which mean different things: ‘W’ means you can clean this material with water; ‘S’ means do not clean this with water (a special solvent-based cleaner may be a good choice instead); ‘WS’ means you can use water or a solvent-based cleaner on this fabric; ‘X’ means the couch can only be vacuumed and must be professionally deep cleaned.

Perth Carpet Cleaning

While there are various ways to spot clean your couch yourself, nothing beats a professional clean by the upholstery cleaning Perth experts, Perth Carpet Cleaning. Hiring a professional to clean your furniture takes all the guesswork out of cleaning and assures you that the upholstery will be cleaned properly. Get in touch with Perth Carpet Cleaning today on ​1300 368 022, email them at or visit our Contact page.

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