How To Clean Fabric Sofa And Couch?

how to clean fabric sofa

Fabric sofas come in different types, designs, and colors. They make our rooms attractive and good-looking while kids, as well as pets, love to play on them. 

However, they get dirty quickly when compared to other furniture. If you want to know how to clean the fabric sofa, this piece is for you.

There are many methods of cleaning your fabric sofa, and in this piece, we are going to treat some of them. Before going ahead with the cleaning process, you should confirm the manufacturer’s instructions on your sofa. The instructions can be found on your sofa’s tag, and this will help you to get the best result.

How To Clean Fabric Sofa And Upholstery?

Method 1: How To Clean Fabric Sofa Naturally? (with vinegar and baking soda)

Tools & Ingredients:

  • Washing-up liquid
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Warm water
  • Clean cloth

Step-by-step process:

Step 1: Mix one tablespoon of washing-up liquid, baking soda, white vinegar, and warm water. Mix properly until the solution forms a lather.

Step 2: Apply the solution directly to smudges and stains on your fabric sofa.

Step 3: Leave it to dry for about ten minutes.

Step 4: When it is dry, use a clean cloth to remove any residue.

Method 2: Warm Water And Dish Detergent Solution (Cost Effective Way)

Tools & Ingredients:

  • Spray Bottle
  • Unused tooth brush.
  • Warm Tap Water

  • Dish Detergent
  • Soft towel or paper towel.

Step-by-step process:

Step 1: Remove the sofa cover from the cushions of your sofa and wash them by your washing machine.

Step 2: After washing the slip cover simply dry them by air.

Step 3: In this step, lets make our solution for cleaning the remaining parts of the sofa. 

Step 4: Take a spray bottle and pour 4 ounce of warm water into it.

Step 5: Drop 1/4 teaspoon of dish detergent  into the water and give it a good shake to make a good natural solution.

Step 6: After that, spray the solution over the most dirty part of your sofa to remove sticky stains. Make sure that the fabric soak the solution really well.

Step 7: Take a soft brush (unused tooth brush) and start scrubbing the soiled areas of your sofa.( For the best result, move the brush in circular motion )

Step 8: Keep spring as needed you want to  make sure that you’re removing all of those stains.

Step 9: When you’re done, take a damp piece of cloth or paper towel and go over the wet areas to make sure that you’ve remove the remaining solution from the sofa.

Method 3: Clean Fabric Sofa With a Portable Carpet Cleaner to Remove Stains

Tools & Ingredients:

  • Portable Carpet cleaner
  • Soil emulsifier
  • Upholstery shampoo
  • Soft cloth

Step-by-step process:

Step 1: Vacuum your sofa to eliminate dirt, allergens, pet hair, dander and so on. They can make your couch dirtier if they become wet when you are cleaning.

Step 2: Apply a soil emulsifier to loosen deep-seated grit, dust, and dirt. Allow it to stay for some minutes before spraying a thin layer of upholstery shampoo.

Step 3: Brush the fabric properly so that the shampoo covers it.

Step 4: Add water and cleaning detergent to a portable carpet cleaner, in accordance with the direction of the type of machine you have. If you own a carpet steam cleaner with upholstery brush, that’d work fine, too.

Step 5: Connect the necessary upholstery tools, such as a revolving brush or stationary brush, to the machine.

Step 6: Use the machine to apply solution to the surface of your sofa, making sure that you don’t apply too much liquid.

Step 7: Suck up excess water and cleaning solution from the surface of the sofa.

Step 8: Allow it to dry for a few minutes. The time for this depends on the weather on the cleaning day. If you want to speed up the drying process, you can use a fan or dry blower, and you can open your windows properly.

Few Pro Tips to Maintain Your Upholstery and Sofas:


Proper maintenance of your upholstery and sofas will make them look good and last longer. Here are a few tips for you to ponder on so that you can achieve the most satisfactory result.

  1. Use a Fabric Protector:

A fabric protector will prevent early wear and tear of your upholstery. Early fabric treatment and constant maintenance will boost the longevity of your furniture.

2. De-Pill Your Upholstery/Sofas:

Get a de-pilling comb or lint shaver to fix your pilling upholstery. This will make it to look fresher, and your home will stay alluring at all times.

3. Vacuum Clean Them Regularly:

Dust settles on your sofas regularly, and when you sit on them, the dust gets deeper into the fibers. During your regular house cleaning, you should vacuum your sofas so that you can get rid of dust, dirt, and grime. If you don’t maintain them regularly, it can lead to quick wearing away of your sofa.

4. Protect Them from Direct Sunlight:

Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will destroy your upholstery if it is made of leather, fabric or leatherette. Furthermore, access sunlight will fade your drapes and upholstery. Therefore, you should place them in areas that do not receive direct sunlight.

5. Steam Clean Tough Stains:

If you want to remove tough stains from your couch or sofa, give it a steam treatment for best result. Steam cleaning is most powerful way of eliminating any kinds of rigid stains, like- coffee stains, drink stains from your upholstery. Read more our guide of steam cleaning a couch.

Final Words:

Your fabric sofa requires special care because of its sensitiveness. You should take proper care of it so that it does not get damaged easily. In this discourse, we have exposed how to clean the fabric sofa successfully. We have discussed various methods so that your sofa can last for a long time. This way, you will have value for your hard-earned money.