How Do You Clean And Sanitize A Couch

Most Effective Methods To Clean And Sanitize A Couch

Your couch takes abashing every day. You sit on it, your children sprawl across it, and you have animals trying to sneak their way onto it.  On top of this, you may eat on your couch, leaving an array of crumbs and other stains behind.

In short, your couch, or sofa, has a hard life. The good news is that you can lengthen the life of your couch and make sure it stays looking fantastic by learning the best methods to clean and sanitize a couch. It’s not as difficult as you think.

Of course, the following methods can also work when you pick up a pre-owned couch and want to give it a deep clean before using it.

To Clean And Sanitize A Couch

Get The Professionals

The simplest way of ensuring you have a perfect finish is to get a professional couch cleaning firm in. They’ll understand the importance of the couch and the best way to eliminate stains. They will do all the work for you, leaving you a couch that looks brand new.

Professional cleaning firms don’t just know which product to use, they can also advise you on how to keep it looking fantastic.

Baking Soda

It’s best to start with the baking soda. Simply sprinkle it across your couch, focusing on the areas that appear to be heaviest soiled. You can then use a tough brush to ensure the baking soda covers the couch. Leave it to do its own thing for five minutes.

You can then vacuum it up. The baking soda is very good at removing moisture from the couch. It’s also effective at killing bacteria. You can see the debris that’s shifted by looking into your vacuum before you empty the vacuum cleaner.

It doesn’t just remove moisture, it also kills bacteria, allowing you to vacuum them up. At the same time, it can eliminate odors. But, as always, you should test the baking soda on an inconspicuous area first.


If you’re still noticing smells coming from your couch then you need to use an equal mixture of water and white vinegar. You can place the solution into a spray bottle and then lavishly pray the couch. You’ll need to leave the couch to dry, you’ll smell the vinegar while it’s drying. But, once it’s dry the aroma of vinegar will have gone, as will the odor you’re hoping to eliminate.

Vacuum Regularly

The most obvious way to keep your couch clean and sanitized is to vacuum it. This is certainly something you should do at least every week. It’s the most effective way of removing debris and bacteria that can cause issues. At the same; time it keeps your couch looking like new.

Stain Removal

The above tips will help to remove debris that has settled into your couch and, of course, keep it looking fresh. But, there will be times when things are spilled on your couch and you need to remove the stains.

Here are several techniques that work. But, as always, test on an inconspicuous area first.

  • Removing crayon

Crayon is one of the most common stains, especially if you have little children. Fortunately, it can come off with just a little WD40. Simple add a little to a lean rag and gently rub the crayon stain. The WD40 will quickly eliminate the crayon stain. You can even use vinegar to get rid of the WD40 smell if you wish.

  • Rust Stains

Rust can form on your couch if the conditions are right or it can be rust dust from other items which has fallen onto your couch, causing a rust-colored stain.

You can eliminate this type of stain by using a little dish soap, adding a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a small amount of ammonia. Gently apply the solution to your rust stain and it will come off after a few moments of rubbing.

  • Ink

Ink stains can be removed with rubbing alcohol. You’ll have to immerse a piece of cotton wool into the alcohol and then gently rub the affected area.

Your couch doesn’t have to look tired and stained, you simply need to know the right tricks to make it look and feel great again. It’s easier than you think.