Rainy days might spoil your outdoor plans for the weekend, but it’s also a great time to snuggle up on the sofa watching your favourite show, snacking on some microwave popcorns or having a cup of hot cocoa or milo on this cold day. All is going well until you or your kid accidentally spill some drinks on the sofa, or drop some food crumbs! There goes your relaxing day as you spring into action to clean up the mess.
If your sofa uses pvc (polyvinyl chloride), a simple wipe or vacuum usually does the trick. However, with Singapore’s humid weather, fabric sofas as well as leather sofas are favoured over the pvc ones. Plus, they are definitely more comfortable as well! However, if your sofa uses fabric, spilling coloured drinks or food stains are one’s worst nightmares. Though the damage seems irreversible, you can clean your fabric sofa and get it looking like it’s new again! Whether you are removing a stain or just doing some house cleaning, follow this guide below to clean your fabric sofa easily! If you have a leather sofa, exercise caution as leather is a delicate material and it is not suitable to apply the cleaning guides below.
1. Clean the spill or stain immediately.
The faster you spot the food stain or the spill, the more chance you have of getting your sofa restored to its original state. Use a cloth or a paper towel to quickly remove the spill, dabbing at it. Remember not to rub at it, only dab! Dabbing will lift the spill off the sofa as the clean cloth or paper towel will absorb the spill, while rubbing, on the other hand, will cause the spill to spread over a larger area.
2. Baby wipes.
Don’t underestimate the power of baby wipes. Though they are so gentle on the skin that it is suitable for babies, they are surprisingly effective spills and stains removers. They are also a great option if you are working with a delicate fabric.
3. Mild laundry detergent
Vacuum your sofa first to remove any dust or dirt accumulated on your sofa over time. Next, mix a bowl of laundry detergent and a bowl of water. Using a soft cloth, dip it into the mixture and gently give your sofa a rub all over to clean it. Be careful not to soak your sofa which will cause the drying time to lengthen.
4. White Vinegar
Other than cooking, white vinegar is well known as a cleaning agent as well. They are excellent stain removers which is ideal for most fabric sofas since they are mildly acidic. Use it to lift any stains and spills on your sofas, and clean it with some soapy water later on to remove the smell of white vinegar.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda is not only used for baking but it is also an excellent cleaning agent. Sprinkle some baking soda over the couch and let it sit for a while to absorb odours and remove stains before vacuuming them up. If you have any nasty stains, making a mixture with equal parts of baking soda and water. Use this mixture to cover any stains and let it sit for around 15 minutes to absorb the stain. After that, simply remove the mixture and the stain should be gone or lighten up alot.
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