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    Keeping your living room furniture fresh isn’t always the easiest task. But worry not, because we are here to teach you the best way to clean a fabric sofa. From tackling stains to spills, we’ve drawn up the complete guide! 

    Step 1: Prepare for cleaning

    First things first, it’s important to get your tools together before starting the process of cleaning your fabric sofa. You will need the following.  

    • A vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to remove loose dirt and debris from the surface of the sofa.  
    • A soft brush or microfiber cloth will be useful for gentle scrubbing and wiping.  
    • A mild detergent or fabric cleaner, warm water and a clean white cloth for stain cleaning and overall cleaning. 

    Step 2: Check the manufacturer's instructions

    It's important to check the manufacturer's instructions for your furniture, especially if you’re cleaning your fabric sofa at home. Different sofas may have specific cleaning requirements or restrictions and these could include recommended cleaning solutions, temperature limitations, or specific techniques. By following the guidelines provided by the manufacturer, you can ensure that you don't damage the fabric or void any warranties.  


    Step 3: Vacuum the sofa

    First, clean your fabric sofa naturally by removing any loose dirt, dust and debris. Using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner, gently vacuum the entire surface of the sofa, including the cushions and crevices. This helps eliminate the surface dirt and stops it from spreading during the cleaning process, creating more mess in the long term.  


    Step 4: Spot test

    To avoid any potential damage while you’re cleaning your fabric sofa, it's always recommended to perform a spot test before applying any cleaning solution. Choose an inconspicuous area of the sofa, such as the back or underneath a cushion. Then, apply a small amount of your chosen cleaning solution. Gently blot the area with a clean white cloth and check for any adverse reactions, such as colour fading or fabric damage. If there are no issues, you can start cleaning!  


    Step 5: Clean stains and spills

    Now it's time to figure out how to clean those stubborn stains and spills on your fabric couch. Start by blotting the stain with a clean white cloth to remove any excess liquid. Avoid rubbing the stain, as it may push the liquid deeper into the fabric fibres. Depending on the type of stain, you can use a mild detergent or fabric cleaner diluted with warm water. Apply the cleaning solution to a clean white cloth and gently blot the mark, working from the outer edges towards the centre. Continue this process until it has lifted.  

    Red wine stains can be particularly tricky to remove. This Vanish Oxi Action Liquid freshen up your furniture using the method below.  

    • Apply 2ml liquid on the stain and leave it to soak for 5 minutes max. 
    • Gently blot with an absorbent cloth to absorb any liquid.  
    • Repeat this until the stain is gone.  

    If in doubt, test on a small, inconspicuous area before full application. Always follow the instructions on the back of the packaging.  


    Step 6: Clean the entire sofa

    Next, it's time to clean the fabric sofa. The best way to do this is by filling a bucket with warm water and adding a small amount of mild detergent or fabric cleaner. Dip a soft brush or microfiber cloth into the solution and gently scrub the sofa in circular motions. Pay attention to the arms, backrest and cushions, as these areas often accumulate dirt and stains. Rinse the brush or cloth frequently and change the water if it becomes dirty. After cleaning, use a clean white cloth dampened with plain water to remove any soap residue. Allow the sofa to air dry completely before using it again.  

    If you need to remove pet stains from your couch or carpet, the Vanish Oxi Action Liquid is a great tool to use for cleaning up after your furry friends! Just use the method below.  

    • Apply 2ml liquid onto the stain after removing any excess dirt. 
    • Wait for a maximum of five minutes.  
    • Gently blot with an absorbent cloth to absorb any liquid.  

    Test the product on a small and discreet area before applying to the stain. Do not use on velvet, brocade, or materials unsuitable for wet cleaning. Not suitable for use on oriental rugs. 


    Step 7: Regular maintenance

    To keep your furniture looking its best, it's important to establish a regular maintenance routine. Here are some ways you can clean your fabric sofa at home. 

    • Vacuum the sofa at least once a week to remove any surface dirt and prevent it from settling into the fabric, using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to reach all the nooks and crannies.  
    • Use a fabric protector spray to create a barrier against spills and stains. 
    • If your sofa has removable cushion covers, follow the manufacturer's instructions for washing and care. 

    Whether your couch needs a big scrub or a small stain removal, cleaning your fabric sofa has never been easier! 

    *Always check labels and follow product instructions.