How to Clean Sofa Cushions

how to clean sofa cushions

Cleaning sofa cushions can be very difficult if you don't know the right technique. After many times of cleaning cushions and teaching to do it, you can trust me!

When you add new cushions to your sofa, you also want to keep them clean for the longest time. But as time passes, they are meant to get dirty. They can smell bad as people sit, sweat over them and if you have pets, they will be clawing and chewing them. These are just a few major reasons for washing or cleaning your sofa cushions while other reasons may include the prevention of bacterial infections and termites. But the question remains how to clean sofa cushions?

Well, the goal in this article is simple; quickly and effectively clean the sofa cushions and make them look new or at least almost new. They seem awesome with refreshing fragrance after they are cleaned. If sofa and cushions are cleaned regularly, it would help to keep dust and mites away from the fabric and, ultimately, you are less likely to have allergies

Note: first there is a fast guide and then there is and in-depth guide wit all the different problems. The cleaning methods are good for most of the sofas and also other furniture pieces, but in certain cases they aren't appropriate, always read the manual of your sofa!


Hygiene is Important

We all spend a significant amount of time sitting and lying on the couch whether it is in the living room or the bedroom. We use them on various occasions, for example, when we invite friends over for coffee, when we have a snack in front of the TV or when we watch a movie wrapped in a blanket with a hot cup of coffee.

Why Cleaning a Sofa is Important

A regularly cleaned and well-kept couch also means manner and cleanliness in the house. The same applies to decorative cushions, which not only serve as a pop of color but are also used for sleeping. Especially if you have children, regular cleaning is important to prevent allergies and other infections.


Cleaning Tools

Even if you buy a dirt-repellent sofa, it will have to be cleaned sooner or later. Unfortunately, only a few modern seating sets have a removable surface that is simply thrown into the washing machine. Here are some cleaning products that will make your seating set clean again:

Vacuum Cleaner

Proper vacuuming is important. Do not leave corners out and remove hair, crumbs, and other dirt that could stick to the fibers.

Washing Solution

Prepare a washing solution to clean the couch. Use a bucket with about 2 liters of warm water and the juice of a whole lemon. Add two tablespoons of baking soda and soak a microfiber cloth. First, perform a test patch on a less visible corner to see if the color of the sofa is affected by the cleaning liquid. Then you can get started, the baking soda dissolves the stains, while the lemon acts as a disinfectant and removes mites. Finally, a second cleaning pass with a clean cloth soaked with tea tree or eucalyptus oil helps. This helps to get rid of the annoying, tiny critters safely.

These two simple tips apply to any fabric or microfiber sofa. For leather (never use a leather sofa outdoor), you should choose a different approach for cleaning:

   1. Vacuum off the couch and then wipe with a damp cloth.

   2. Mix vinegar and water (half a cup of vinegar per liter of water) and use it to              dampen a cloth. Wipe the whole couch with it. After that, use a clean cloth with        tea tree or eucalyptus oil again to get rid of the mites. These oils will also give         a nice fragrance and get rid of vinegar odor. 


About the Pillows

Not all pillow and cushion covers can be thrown into the washing machine for a quick wash. There are a few things you have to be mindful of. Still, there are some simple yet effective remedies that you can use. First things: Read the labels and pay attention to special care and cleaning instructions. Then it is important to distinguish between different materials (feathers, latex, or synthetic materials, as they often have kitchen chair covers).


Pillows and pillows with feathers are the most difficult to treat. It is best to immerse them in a basin of cold water, in which you have previously placed a ⅕ glass of lemon juice and a handful of coarse salt, and let everything soak overnight. Then rinse them well and let them air dry (best you do this in summer). Hit the pillows a few times while drying, to loosen the feathers and distribute them well.


Avoid salt with this material, as it could ruin the pillows. Better to soak them in cold water with half a cup of vinegar overnight. Then let them dry in the fresh air.

Syntethic Pillows

They are easy washable. You have to put in the least effort with this material. Just put it in the washing machine. Be sure to wash cold, otherwise, the pillows will shrink. For washing, add ¼ cup of white vinegar instead of detergent. This way, your pillows are always cleaned and disinfected, almost like new. Add a few drops of some fragrance to eliminate the odor of vinegar.


Frequent Use of the Sofa

As discussed above, you may have a lot of use of the sofa in your daily routine since it is the ideal place to relax, watching TV with a snack, and take a little nap. Subsequently, there are crumbs of food and pet urine and hair, dirt, spilled soda, and your dead skin accumulated overtime on the valuable sofa and cushions. Ultimately, it begins to emit bad smell and looks filthy.

How frequently should you clean a sofa and its cushion? This article will answer all your questions related to sofa and cushion cleaning. Although it depends on how much is your usage, it is recommended to wash sofa and cushions once every 3 months to get rid of numerous infections, microbes, dirt, and other harmful things and stay healthy.


What is Your Sofa Fabric

It is important to know the material of your sofa to avoid damage and increase its maximum life. This information is essential to know because it makes it easy for you to determine which method to use for cleaning the sofa cushion.

Common upholstery fabrics used for sofa manufacturing are:

   1. Leather and artificial leather (pseudo)

   2. Synthetic materials, such as vinyl, microfiber, and polyester

   3. Natural fabrics, such as silk, linen, and cotton

Most of the sofas come up with the label which iterates the fabric of the sofa and also instructions on how to clean them. Here are a few letter codes found on sofa tags

   XOnly use a light brush or vacuum. Avoid using solvents, such as water and other solutions

   WS: Use mild dry-cleaning solvent or water. Never remove cushion covers and dry clean.

   WAvoid washing with any solution or solvent except water.

   SUse only dry-cleaning solvent and avoid using water.


Pre-Clean with a Vacuum Cleaner

After you identify the type of material and fabric, you should then move ahead with the cleaning.

  • Prefer to use the brush attached with the vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt and debris.

  • Do not forget to apply the brush cleaning on the crannies and nooks of the sofa and cushion, it removes the food crumbs and pet hair from the couch and cushions.

  • Clean both sides of the cushions. If they are attached, try to clean most of the space possible on the attached side. A small brush will help you in getting in-between spaces.

  • Once you are done with these steps, it is better to use a towel or washcloth to wipe any stains and spots.

Note. Do not use colored towels since they can emit their colors on the cushions or couch.


Get Stains out of the Sofa Cushions

Do not panic if you or someone at your home accidentally drop something on the sofa or cushion and leaves a stain behind. Itf is possible to clean such stains from the cushions and couches if the appropriate solutions and tools are used. The same solutions and tools can also be applied in case of mattress cleaning.

Use the Ingredients Available at Home

We suggest you use the ingredients available at your home, especially in the kitchen, for cleaning the stains. You can easily prepare the solutions yourself, make sure to use the exact quantity of each ingredient to be dissolved in the solution. Otherwise, adding an inaccurate measure of some ingredient can be dangerous to the fabric and can lead to damage and fade it.

Therefore, it is better to apply the solution to a less visible place of the sofa to test before applying to the whole sofa. This ensures you the quantity mixed is in correct proportion.

Here is the list of the common stains and tips on how to remove them.


Cleaning Urine Out of the Cushions and Sofas

It often happens if you have furry babies (pets) at home. Do not panic and get depressed about it since it takes not much to clean it up if proper measures are taken. Of course, you can have your nice sofa set back to normal and they look like new again. Follow these steps to clean the sofas and cushion in such a case.

   1. Use a rag and soak as much as liquid possible. 

   2. Make a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 4 parts water. Apply this mixture on the          affected area. 

   3. Use a separate handkerchief to scrub out the pee from the couch and cushion.

   4. Sprinkle baking soda powder on the affected area and spots found, then put a           piece of cloth on it for at least six hours until it dries out completely and stains         are removed. 

   5. After the wet part is dry, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the powder from the          couch and cushions.

   6. It is up to you if you want to spray the air freshener on the affected area to               replace the unpleasant odor with the fragrance. 

get pee out of cushions


Remote Vomit from Sofa Cushions

Vomit stinks and is a disaster since it will not only ruin your favorite sofa but if not taken good care it will leave the smell behind. Therefore, it is essential to remove the vomit from your sofa and cushion as soon as possible. Accidents are meant to happen and there is nothing you can do to stop them. Here is what you need to do in order to remove it from the sofa:

  1. Scrape of as much solid as you can before it gets absorbed in the fabric of the sofa. Moisture will be absorbed but the first thing is to remove as much as you can.
  2. You can then use a rag or wet sponge to remove the stained area as much as possible. You can also blot the affected place with a dry towel.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda powder on the spots and wet areas and let it settled for six hours.
  4. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the residues of the baking soda powder.
  5. Putting your sofa out in the sun will also help in removing the strong odor.

Cleaning Coffee and Red Wine Stains from Sofa Cushions 

Whether there is a splash of coffee on the couch or red wine while enjoying the party with friends or family, there are still ways of cleaning such stains from sofa cushions.

  • Blot the stain with the towel without rubbing it, rubbing will take the stain deeper into the fabric.

  • You can scrub the area with the sponge and solution of salt and warm water.

  • In these cases of coffee and red wine, you can use talcum powder instead of baking soda, even though baking powder works the same. Sprinkle the talcum powder onto the cushion for a few hours and then brush to spread it over the stains. This step will absorb the moisture further.

  • Put some drops of vinegar over the spots.

  • The soiled area should also be applied with a mild pH-balanced detergent – non-bleaching agent. Use a sponge and warm water for cleaning afterward.

If you have a vibrant colored couch, it is better to research before applying anything to your sofa. These colors are more sensitive to cleaning products.

coffee and red wine stains

How to Retain the Perfect Sofa Cushions

Sofa and cushions are part of your interior décor, and you must have invested in these items because you like them and they increase your interior value. Keeping this factor mind, you want them to look fabulous for as long as possible. Therefore, retaining them in their original color and shape must be important to you.

The common ways to maintain them for the long run are:

  • Vacuum twice a week to prevent dirt build-up.

  • Do not take long to remove the stains. In fact, try to remove and clean the stain at the same time when something is fallen on them.

  • Brush them regularly to keep the lining smooth.

  • Prevent spilling something on it as much as possible.

How to Remove Pet Furs and Hair from Sofa Cushions

If you have a pet, no matter if it has long hair and short, all types of pets shed their hair more or less. It is nothing new if you are going through the same problem. However, tackling this part is not a big deal and you can remove furs in a few minutes.

  1. Using a vacuum to remove the hair daily is the best solution to this problem.

  2. Also, you can use a rubber glove to get rid of furs from the cushion. Scrub it on the sofa cushion.

  3. A damp sponge can be used to brush the fabric. It makes a ball of the hair so that you can easily throw that hairball in the dustbin.


Professional Cleaning 

If you don't like diy why don’t you try professional services for washing sofa cushions? It also helps much to keep your precious sofas and cushion look fresh and clean all the time and does not cost much. We recommend getting your sofa cushions professionally cleaned thrice a year, especially if you have children or pets at home.

Why Periodic Cleaning is Important

Periodic cleaning not only gives a refreshing and neat look, but it also removes bacterial microbe and mites from the sofas and cushion; they begin to smell great. Besides, the life of the cushion increases to the maximum extent with increased durability.

Bear in mind, even the professional spot cleaning can only restore the sofa and foam cushions to a certain extent. In case they are extremely dirty, there is no way that they can be restored as an original glory. We recommend regular upkeep to keep them shining. Now you don’t have to keep wondering how to clean sofa cushions because all the solutions are right here for you.