Sofa Cleaning Hacks: How to Do a Deep Clean in 9 Quick & Easy Steps

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by Norfolkavenue

If your sofa is looking a bit dull and in need of a good cleaning, you don't have to break the bank or spend hours on complicated methods. In this tutorial, I'll show you a few sofa-cleaning hacks using common household items that will bring back the shine and freshness of your beloved couch.


These easy steps will help you tackle dirt and stains effectively, leaving your sofa looking as good as new. So, let's dive in and discover how to give your sofa the care it deserves.

Tools and materials

  • Bucket
  • Hot water
  • Washing machine pod or liquid detergent
  • Large microfiber cloth
  • Pan lid or any flat, smooth object
  • Cleaning brush (optional)
Making a cleaning solution
Making a cleaning solution

1. Prepare the cleaning solution

Start by filling a bucket with hot water. The water should be comfortably hot but not boiling, as extreme heat can damage certain sofa materials. Once the bucket is filled, drop in a washing machine pod or add a small amount of liquid detergent. If you're using a pod, allow it to dissolve completely in the water.

Soaking the microfiber cloth in the cleaning solution
Soaking the microfiber cloth in the cleaning solution

2. Soak the microfiber cloth

Take a large microfiber cloth and immerse it in the soapy water. Make sure the cloth is fully soaked and saturated with the cleaning solution.

Using a microfiber cloth and pan lid
Using a microfiber cloth and pan lid

3. Wrap the cloth around the pan lid

Locate a pan lid or any flat, smooth object with a large surface area. Carefully wrap the wet microfiber cloth around the pan lid, ensuring it stays securely in place. You can use rubber bands or fold the cloth to keep it snug.

4. Check sofa care labels

Before proceeding with the cleaning process, take a moment to check the care labels on your sofa. Different materials may require specific cleaning methods, and some may not be suitable for water-based cleaning. Adhering to the care instructions will prevent any potential damage to your sofa.

Testing one area of the sofa
Testing one area of the sofa

5. Test in an inconspicuous area (optional)

If you're uncertain about the cleaning method or the sofa's material, it's always a good idea to perform a spot test in an inconspicuous area (e.g., behind the cushions) to ensure the cleaning solution doesn't cause any discoloration or harm.

Scrubbing the sofa
Scrubbing the sofa

6. Start scrubbing

With the microfiber cloth-wrapped pan lid in hand, begin scrubbing the couch. Work in small sections, applying gentle pressure and using circular motions to tackle stains, dirt, and grime. For more stubborn stains or heavily soiled areas, you can use a cleaning brush to help loosen the dirt.

7. Wipe down the sofa

As you scrub, check the cloth's cleanliness regularly and replace it with a fresh one if it becomes too dirty. Continue cleaning until you've covered the entire sofa, paying attention to all the nooks and crannies.

8. Rinse and dry

Once you've finished scrubbing, dampen a clean microfiber cloth with plain water and wipe down the sofa to remove any soap residue. Allow the sofa to air dry completely, keeping the room well-ventilated to speed up the drying process.

9. Optional: vacuum the sofa

After the sofa has dried, you can use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove any remaining dirt or loose debris.

Important Tips:

  • Always follow the manufacturer's care instructions for your sofa to avoid damage or voiding the warranty.
  • Test any cleaning solution or method in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it won't harm the fabric.
  • Use microfiber cloths for cleaning, as they are gentle on the sofa and have excellent absorption capabilities.
  • Regularly vacuum and dust your sofa to prevent dirt and debris buildup, which will make deep cleaning easier.
  • If you're unsure about tackling tough stains or deep cleaning, consider hiring a professional sofa cleaning service.
Sofa cleaning hacks
Sofa cleaning hacks

Sofa cleaning hacks

I love straightforward sofa cleaning hacks like this because it means you can maintain the beauty and cleanliness of your sofa without stress. Show your sofa some love and enjoy its comfort for years to come!


Do you have any sofa cleaning hacks? Share them in the comments!


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