How to Clean your Couch or Lounge Suite

Let’s be honest – we love our couches! How often are we enjoying a bit of Netflix, a good movie, snuggled up with your loved one, or gathered with friends on our sofa?

A lot! It might even be safe to say our lounge suite or living room area is one of the most important spaces in our home. Whether it’s just the family or guests and friends, the living room couch and chairs get used often. Unfortunately, this means that these precious furnishings are more prone to spills and stains.  No matter how careful we can be, we’re all human and accidents do happen! When it comes to cleaning your couch, there are a few tips and tricks you can apply to make sure you get the best chance of avoiding an unsightly stain!


How to clean spills or stains on your couch or lounge suite:


  1. Clean up any stains quickly. Use a wrung out cold damp cloth and blot the excess liquid or sauce away. If it’s something like food, use a spoon to scoop up any solids first! With liquid, remember – blot don’t rub! 
  2. Apply stain remover. If necessary use a stain remover that is within the care guidelines of your lounge suite. 
  3. Rinse with cold water.  Scoop up and blot away excess and then rinse and repeat with cold clean water and a dry towel. 


Long before the stain happens, there are steps you can take to protect your valuable investment. We’ve compiled some top tips from our experts on how best to take care of and protect your lounge suite.


How to take care of your lounge suite:

Tip 1 - Vacuum regularly

This is one of the best ways to keep your couch clean and avoid any dirt from setting into your couch. Using a hand-held vacuum can help remove any food crumbs or other loose particles.

 

Tip 2 - Flip any loose pillows and cushions

Loose pillows and cushions should be flipped regularly to help minimise any soiling and loosen up any debris. It can also prolong the life of your couch by minimising any sagging and wear in the same spot, allowing them to maintain their shape for longer. Make sure to vacuum after you flip!


Tip 3 - Give the fabric a gentle wipe down with a damp cloth

If you notice the fabric looking a little tired, give it a wipe down with a clean, wrung out, damp microfibre cloth. 


Tip 4 - Check the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations

The manufacturer typically recommends specific procedures that can help minimise any damage, as cleaning procedures can be largely dependent on the type of material your couch is made of.


When it comes to stains, reacting quickly and applying the proper cleaning methods can mean that you can clean up most messes on your own, but sometimes you may need a little more help. If you see a stain isn’t budging, leave it to the professionals. Not only can the professionals, like JAE, help in the removal of stronger stains, but they can also recommend preventative methods like a specialised fabric protector such as Fiberguard™ if your upholstery is unprotected. 

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