13 Secret Tips To Keep Sofas Clean & New Looking – Always

You are sure proud of the great looking sofa that you have invested in and also enjoy its comfort! Guests are happy to make themselves comfortable in it and spend some happy times in your living room.

With the living room being the hub of activities in all homes, the family too is sure to descend on it! While the going only gets better in its soft comfort, there comes the vital issue of maintaining its initial pristine looks.

Continual use will naturally make it dirty with dirt, dust and of course the infamous stains. But here’s the kicker – the most amazing tips to clean your sofa and make it look as new as ever! Just read on to know how to clean fabric or leather sofas.

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No more investing in any expensive cleaner or calling costly professional cleaning people. Now, you can easily remove any type of stain easily all by yourself. Only, the sofa cleaning methods will differ according to the type of material that it is made out of – fabric or leather.

Cleaning Fabric Sofas

Stains of any types are to be treated immediately with tissue and moisture. Soak up the liquid with the tissue and then use a clean moist cloth or tissue paper to remove as much of the remnant as possible.

Here are some tips on handling some specific stain types without the use of harsh chemicals or detergents. Now, you need not be worried about damaging the color or texture of your sofa fabric while getting it clean too!

  • Firstly, vacuum your fabric sofas regularly preferably once a week depending on the type of traffic an usage it undergoes. This will keep preventing the accumulation of loose dust in the corner or beneath the cushions. All of it will ensure that when treating stains you are not rubbing in more dirt into the fabric!

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  • Dark Chocolate, Juice & Wine stains can be removed effectively using a combination of baking soda and vinegar. This is especially good for delicate fabrics and you can leave the paste for 15-20 minutes.

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  • For stronger fabric, you can use baking soda mixed with hand-wash liquid and leave it for the same time span or even more depending on the stain.

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  • Milk tea and coffee stains can be removed best using hot steam, that is, cloth dipped in boiling water. Just rub the stain place with the cloth dabbed in hot water and see the stain disappear gradually.

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  • Ink stains are best removed by rubbing alcohol or even pure spirit on the mark. Repeat the process for old and stubborn ink stain marks.

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  • Blood stains when fresh can be treated with cold water and warm water when they have dried up. In both cases, rubbing the place with a mild detergent will help remove totally the faint traces of the stain.

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  • Oil stains are probably the most daunting of them all. These are best treated with baking soda paste made mixed with water that is left on the mark. You can repeat the process till there is no more trace of the stain left on the fabric.

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  • Lipstick stains too are greasy and can be easily removed by applying new nail polish remover. In case you feel it is too strong, dilute it with water (1:1) and repeat application till the stain is gone.

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  • Other color stains can be treated using fresh lemon juice that is left over the stain for about 20-30 minutes. Alternately, you can use white vinegar and do the same leaving it for the same time length.

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Cleaning Leather Sofas

Leather sofas give a plush and rich look to the ambience of your living room and are expensive too. But with the passage of time, they too become dirty and need to be cleaned periodically.

Leather sofa cleaning poses a lesser challenge compared to fabric sofa cleaning and here is how you can maintain the initial sheen – always. However, you need to be careful about using any liquid when cleaning the surface.

  • Cleaning accumulated dirt on a leather surface is best done using dry microfiber cloth on a daily basis. This prevents the dust from turning into a layer of settled dirt on the surface.

Cleaning leather sofa

  • In case, the dirt has already settled on the surface, use a mild liquid soap and warm water mix to clean it. Make sure that you wipe away all traces of liquid once the dirt layer had disappeared. Leather is a sworn enemy of water or liquids of other types.


  • Mold and mildew from leather sofas can be removed using white vinegar on the patch. Not only will the patch disappear but it will also act as a disinfectant preventing it from reoccurring.

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  • Applying beeswax on leather sofa to maintain its sheen is always to be given precedence over other petroleum products.

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There are several professional cleaning products available in the market for fabric and leather sofas. However, using effective home remedies with care result in clean sofas that look bright and inviting as ever!

Even your old sofa can get its near original sheen back in no time with these cleaning hacks. This will surely get you a better price in case you wish to sell it or rent it out!!!

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