How to properly clean your couch

Aqeelah Bawa-Osman Aqeelah Bawa-Osman
Filipa Cunha Interiores Living roomSofas & armchairs
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Have you ever thought how much germs and dirt your couch may be harbouring? Well, in this homify feature, we look at the best ways to get your couch looking new and clean again. It's easier than you may think, but it's a part of spring cleaning often forgotten. Let's continue reading this article for some helpful hints and tips.

1. Deep clean

The first tip to getting your couch clean again includes a deep clean with a high quality wet and dry vacuum cleaner. This appliance sprays water with a detergent that loosens up the years of dust and dirt and then vacuums it up in one swift motion. We suggest doing this two or three times depending on how dirty your furniture actually is.

2. Pets

If you have pets, you'll need to compete with their fur everywhere, an easy way to get rid of fur is by sticking buff tape to the couch to remove those white strands of your prized Persian.

3. Wipe it

Chesterfield Sofa & Leather Furniture from Locus Habitat Locus Habitat Living roomSofas & armchairs
Locus Habitat

Chesterfield Sofa & Leather Furniture from Locus Habitat

Locus Habitat

If you have kids, chances are their grimy little hands have been on the leather couch too. Wipe it down with a mild detergent and you will get rid of those sticky streaks.

4. Light colours

Lighter hues may not be ideal for a busy household, so bear that in mind before you decide on a colour scheme in your modern living room.

5. Easy to maintain

Neutral colours allow for dirt and grime to blend in easily with the decor, so they don't stand out as much. A fabric sofa can be professionally cleaned easier than a leather design.

6. Reupholster

If all else fails and your couch is still ugly and gross then it may be time to cut your losses and just reupholster that unsightly item of furniture and opt for an eye-catching colour instead. Here are 9 TV/living rooms examples from South African homes

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