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How to choose the right cleaner - understanding your sofa material
Choosing the right sofa cleaner is the key to giving your sofa - or sofa bed, for that matter - that fresh-from-the-showroom look.
But it all starts with understanding your sofa material. 🛋️
Whether your sofa is made of leather, suede, microfibre or linen, each material has its own individual care requirements.
Let’s look at some common sofa materials and understand the best cleaning techniques.
The exact material of fabric sofas can vary greatly, and each type of fabric - from cotton to linen to wool - has unique properties. 🧶
Fabric sofas are very comfortable and come in different colours and patterns to match your décor.
However, they need regular maintenance to keep them looking and feeling their best.
One thing to be aware of with fabric sofas is that they can get dirty and stained easily. 🦠
It's important to remove stains as soon as possible to prevent them from setting and becoming more difficult to remove.
Leather is a luxurious and durable material often used for premium sofas.
Unfortunately, it’s also a porous material that can easily absorb spills, oils, and dirt.
But if you care for your sofa properly, you can make it resistant to stains and spots.
Different types of leather require different cleaning methods. 🧼
Therefore, checking the manufacturer's instructions before using any cleaning products is essential.
You should use a pH-balanced leather cleaner specifically formulated for the type of leather used on your sofa.
In addition to regular cleaning, the leather must also be maintained to preserve its natural oils.
The Leather Honey Sofa Cleaner can clean your sofa and helps the leather regain its natural shine.
Microfibre or velvet sofa
Microfibre and velvet are popular sofa materials because of their soft and plush texture. ☁️
These materials consist of synthetic fibres woven into durable, stain-resistant fabrics.
To maintain your sofa's appearance, vacuum it regularly using a soft brush attachment to eliminate dust and dirt.
If spills or stains occur, clean them up immediately to prevent them from settling.
If a standard liquid cleaner isn't strong enough to remove the stains, opt for a deep cleaner like the Vax SpotWash Spot Cleaner. 💪
This powerful sofa cleaning machine features a multi-row brush bar and strong suction power to remove even the toughest stains.
Top sofa cleaning solutions:
How to clean a leather sofa
Cleaning a leather sofa requires a different approach than cleaning a fabric sofa.
Before you start cleaning, it's important to check the manufacturer's label to see if there are any special cleaning instructions or restrictions. 📄
- To begin cleaning your leather sofa, use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to remove dust, debris and dirt from the surface. This will prevent scratches on the leather.
- Next, apply a small amount of leather cleaner to a clean, soft cloth and gently rub it over the leather in a circular motion. 🧽 Avoid using too much solution, as this can soak in and damage the leather.
- After you have applied the cleaning solution, remove the excess from the leather with a clean, damp cloth.
Leather sofas shouldn't be cleaned with water as this can cause the leather to shrink, warp or crack. 💦
Once the leather is clean, treat it with a leather conditioner to restore its natural oils and prevent it from drying out and cracking.
This will also protect the surface from future damage.
It's important that you don't use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals on the leather, as these can damage the surface.
A cleaning solution like the Leather Honey one will clean your sofa and restore your leather's natural oils.
Should you get your sofa cleaned professionally?
Whether or not you should have your sofa professionally cleaned depends on various factors, such as the condition of the sofa and the amount of cleaning required. 🧑🔬
Professional sofa cleaning can be beneficial for heavily soiled or stained sofas.
Professional cleaning companies have access to specialised equipment and cleaning solutions that effectively remove dirt, stains, and allergens from your sofa without damaging it.
However, professional cleaning services can be expensive.
Cost of professional sofa cleaning services in the UK
The cost of professional sofa cleaning in the UK varies depending on the type of service you require.
Professional sofa cleaning in the UK can cost anything from £40 to £300 per sofa. 💷
It's always best to ask for a detailed breakdown of the services and the related costs before hiring a professional cleaning service for your sofa.