Many people are trying to find the easiest or the fastest way to clean their sofa, but this is not the best approach. It’s simple – some couches are easy to clean, other require more efforts. And different upholstery have to be treated different ways. So, the right question actually is “How do I clean my sofa most effectively?”

Check the Materials Your Sofa is Made of

First, DON’T try to clean your sofa without knowing what fabric or blends of fibers you are dealing with. It is very easy to ruin your upholstery beyond salvation. The best thing you can do is to look for a cleaning code. This should be located on a sticker placed on frame underneath your couch’s cushions. It isn’t required by law for a manufacturers to place such code on their sofa, so it’s possible that yours may not have one.
If it does however, read it carefully. Somewhere on the bottom of the sticker there will be one of 4 codes:

“W” – stands for wet or water. You can apply moisture safely.
“S” – stands for solvents only. Only dry cleaning fabric sofa , NO WATER!
“S/W” – stands for dry foam. Safer than S, but still better don’t risk and go for dry cleaning.
“X” – stands for vacuum cleaning only. Do not attempt to wash by yourself. This is a very rare code.

If there is no code sticker, then it’s better to be left to a professional to decide on the most adequate cleaning procedure. Cleaning upholstered sofa is a delicate task. There is to clean all types of sofa. The material dictates what treatment will be the best and also how well it will clean particular spot or dirt. Just remember that spotless doesn’t always mean it will look good after the procedure. Explain the technician your exact visible expectations before he starts cleaning. Ask for a test spot, they should do it for free. If you’re not satisfied with the result, don’t waste money and reject the procedure. Unfortunately, the truth is that some materials cannot be completely cleaned after some period of use.