How To Clean Your Couch So It Looks New Again
This post is all about How You Can Clean Your Couch So It Looks New Again. We recently moved into bigger place and I wanted a fresh start, so I kinda got rid of most everything.
By that I mean most of our furniture. if you’re looking for how to make your fabric couch look new again, then you’ve come to the right place! Let’s get right to it.
You see, our daughter and her husband have this business where they find pieces of furniture for sale for cheap or free, or even things other people have thrown out. Then they clean them up, fix them and then list them on Offerup or Craigslist to resell them.
So, I thought I would have her sell my old stuff and let her use that to get me new stuff.
Well the first thing was a couch. She found this sectional with recliners built in and drink holders, really nice for watching the game with the family or a movie. Then she brought it to my house to “work on it”, because she was out of room at her house. It. was. a-w-f-u-l!
I was in complete shock – I wanted it gone the second I saw it.
I don’t know what these people did but, it looked like their kids lived on it, ate on it, and everything. The couch had food spills, food crumbs, and tough stains all over.
One thing she never messes with, though, is furniture from a home that has pets or smokers, the last thing I want is a couch covered in pet hair, pet stains, pet dander, and cigarette smoke. So, at least it had THAT going for it, but not much else!
So, she got right to work on a very thorough cleaning.
For the first step, she cleaned the entire sofa. It looks great! For the next step, she repaired the leather couch fabric in several places, added foam to the seats – some couch cushions were completely missing foam, sewed up some of the areas that had come undone, and I was shocked!
Plus – there was only 1 timeout issued!
She used a Rug Doctor. Top tip: make sure you get one with a brush attachment or upholstery attachment (you rent get one at pretty much any grocery store ). She used a homemade solution of hot water and alcohol to start the cleaning process.
You may want to use a vacuum cleaner before this step. Don’t forget to vacuum under the cushion covers. If the crumbs aren’t bad or pet owners didn’t let the animals on the couch, you can use a lint roller. Alternatively, if there is a lot of pet hair but you don’t want to carry around a bulky vac, use a handheld vacuum with a pet tool for best results.
Here’s her homemade solution: 1 part alcohol to 2 parts water (easy, huh?). Always color test anything before you try and clean it, you can do this with a spot test on a small area. The solution may react differently depending on the type of fabric that its used on.
She scrubbed the arms and footrests in a circular motion with a plastic bristle scrub brush she got at a dollar store. A stiff brush works the best. She uses this method for microfiber and microsuede couches.
You can see her trick for How To Remove Water Stains From A Wood Table Easily <— here.
For Chenille couches, she uses less alcohol. The best way to repair this type of upholstery is to use Dritz Fray Check around the tear, let it dry and then stitch it on the Fray Check otherwise, it just continues to unravel.
If you have some grease, body oils, or oil stains on the couch, the easiest way to get rid of them is to add 1-2 drops of mild dish soap. She prefers Dawn dishwashing liquid (you can make many homemade solutions with Dawn) with alcohol and hot water as a cleaning solution. You can use this upholstery cleaner on a regular basis or just for spot cleaning any stained area to get rid of any future stains you may encounter.
I couldn’t believe my own eyes, and when I show people the before picture, they can’t believe it, either! The entire couch looks brand new.
Then she found me this great rug to go with it! My living room never looked better.
All in all it cost me a total of $75 for the rug and sectional – but, it didn’t cost me anything really because she sold my other stuff to pay for this.