What Do You Do if Your Couch Is Dirty?

Don’t let a dirty couch ruin your opportunity to relax. Regular cleaning will help prevent the buildup of dirt, pet hair, crumbs and more. It’s also possible to remove even the toughest stains with the right cleaning methods.

If you’re wondering what you can do if your couch is dirty, read on for the proper ways to clean upholstery.

Steam cleaning

Steam cleaning is an effective method for cleaning all types of upholstered furniture. This method can loosen up and even remove set-in stains. Steam cleaning also does a better job of killing germs than regular vacuuming. Just be sure to follow all instructions provided with the steam cleaner.

It’s important to remember that not all fabrics respond well to steam cleaning. Avoid steam cleaning silks, velour upholstery or any other delicate fabrics.


A tried-and-true method for cleaning all types of furniture, a good vacuuming can remove crumbs, dirt and other materials from the crevices in your couch.

First, remove all cushions and pillows from your couch, if possible. Throw your pillow and cushion covers in the washing machine. You could also simply vacuum your cushions on both sides.

Use the hose attachment on your vacuum to clean dirt from your couch’s crevices. You might be amazed at how much dirt was hiding inside!

Removing stains

There are plenty of stain removers available in stores and online, though some contain harsh chemicals you won’t want to use on your upholstery. That’s why many people prefer to make their own stain removers from natural ingredients.

A mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar, 3/4 cup warm water and one tablespoon of dish soap often works well at removing stains from fabric upholstery. Simply spray the mixture on any stains, then scrub with a soft brush or cloth. Don’t scrub too hard, or you could damage the upholstery.

You can clean stains from synthetic upholstery in a similar fashion. Cleaning mixtures for synthetic upholstery should contain 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and one cup of warm water.

When cleaning leather upholstery, spray the surface with a mixture of 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup vinegar. Use a soft cloth to wipe away any stains.

Removing hair and dust

No matter how hard you try, it can be hard to keep your pets off the couch. If you’re looking for an easy and quick way to remove hair and dust, simply use a lint roller. While a lint roller might not get rid of all the hair stuck in the fibers of your upholstery, it can remove anything sitting on top with relative ease.

Use one or more of the proper ways to clean upholstery mentioned above and your couch will look as good as new in no time. That said, no matter how well you take care of a couch, it can get dingy and covered in stains over time. If you think it’s time for a new couch or other piece of furniture, visit the showroom at Orangeburg Furniture Exchange. We have a variety of beautiful pieces that are sure to look great in your home.