How to Clean Your Sofa – A Complete Guide

How to Clean Your Sofa – A Complete Guide

Keeping your sofas looking their best requires regular cleaning tailored to the sofa fabric. Here is your guide from the expert sofa cleaners at Vip Carpet Cleaning London on how to clean and care for different types of sofas.

Pre-cleaning steps you need to follow for sofas:

Before diving into intensively cleaning your sofa, take some time to prep the area and fabric. Proper pre-cleaning helps ensure you achieve the best results.

First, completely empty the sofa by removing and laundering all removable cushions and pillows. Check under and around cushions for any debris like loose change, crumbs, or lost items.

Next, thoroughly vacuum the entire sofa including crevices and tufts using the appropriate vacuum attachment. Vacuuming lifts dirt, dust mites, pet hair and other debris that can gradually damage fabric.

If there are any obvious stains, lightly dab them with a cloth and water or With a small cleaning brush, gently brush away any dried dirt or stuck-on grime. This helps loosen debris so it can be cleaned away easier.

Once pre-treated, stains should be cleaned as soon as possible before they have time to set in further. For pet owners, use a lint roller on the material to remove stubborn pet hair.


Check the sofa tag or manufacturer instructions for any special cleaning guidelines. Some fabrics may require a certain type of cleaning product. Test any cleaners in an inconspicuous spot first.

Properly pre-cleaning sets up your sofa for a deeper, more effective cleaning. Be sure to allot enough time for thorough vacuuming, stain treatment, brushing and prep work before washing the upholstery. A little elbow grease pre-cleaning goes a long way.

Cleaning Leather Sofas

Leather sofas are elegant but require some special care. Here’s how to clean them:

Materials Needed

  • Leather cleaner or mild soap
  • Clean, soft cloths
  • Leather conditioner
  • Vacuum brush attachment
  • Soft brush

Cleaning Steps

  1. Vacuum the sofa with a soft brush attachment to lift dirt and debris from crevices.
  2. Mix a small amount of specialty leather cleaner or mild soap with warm water in a bowl.
  3. Dip a clean soft cloth in the solution and wring out thoroughly so it’s damp but not dripping.
  4. Gently wipe leather surfaces using circular motions and avoid oversaturating the leather.
  5. Rinse the cloth and continue wiping away all soap residue.
  6. Allow leather to air dry fully.
  7. Apply leather conditioner to moisturize and protect the material.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Dust frequently using a microfiber cloth.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbing aggressively.
  • Apply leather conditioner every few months.
  • Spot clean spills ASAP to prevent stains.

Cleaning Fabric Sofas

Upholstered fabric sofas require frequent vacuuming and periodic deep cleaning.

Supplies Needed

  • Vacuum with hose and brush attachments
  • Upholstery shampoo
  • Clean towels
  • Small scrub brush


  1. Thoroughly vacuum entire sofa including creases and tufts using hose attachment.
  2. Mix a small amount of mild upholstery shampoo with warm water.
  3. Dampen a clean towel in the solution and wring out well. Test on inconspicuous area first.
  4. Gently scrub cushions and arms in a circular motion using towel.
  5. Rinse towel and wipe area to remove shampoo.
  6. Allow sofa to completely air dry before using. Spot clean as needed between deep cleans.

Care Tips

  • Vacuum at least weekly to control dust and dirt.
  • Rotate and fluff cushions regularly to prevent uneven wear.
  • Blot spills quickly using a dry towel to prevent stains.
  • Avoid using harsh cleaners or bleach which can damage fabrics.

Cleaning Microfiber Sofas

Microfiber is easy to clean with just mild soap and water. Follow these steps:

Needed Supplies

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Mild liquid hand soap
  • Water
  • Small towel

Cleaning Instructions

  1. Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of mild soap.
  2. Dampen a clean microfiber cloth in the solution.
  3. Wipe down all surfaces using gentle circular strokes.
  4. Wipe away any excess soap residue with a dry towel.
  5. Allow microfiber to completely air dry.
  6. For heavier stains, use a small dab of liquid soap directly on the stain before wiping.

Maintenance of Microfiber

  • Vacuum weekly using the appropriate attachment.
  • Spot clean after each use to prevent buildup.
  • Mist with vinegar and water solution monthly to deep clean.
  • Avoid using detergents or fabric softener which can clog the fibers.

To keep your sofas looking like new and extend their life, follow these proper cleaning methods tailored to your sofa type. Contact Vip Carpet Cleaning London today for professional sofa cleaning in London at economical rates.

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