For most of us, our sofa is the perfect place to rest. And consequently, it is also the place that harbors a lot of dirt and stains. Dust and dirt settle down on fabric sofa, just like they do on other household objects. Moreover, no matter how careful you are, it is difficult to save your sofa from stains that are caused by food crumbs, wine spills, pens, crayons, etc. In a household with kids and pets, sofas tend to get dirtier.
A clean sofa is important for maintaining good hygiene in your home. In addition to dirt and smudges, your sofa can become a breeding ground for germs and pathogens and can cause you or your family to get bouts of sickness. While it is ideal to hire the services of a home cleaning company at least annually to remove those tough stains and nasty germs from your upholstery, you should also follow a DIY schedule for keeping your sofa clean.
A DIY schedule for a clean sofa
(i) Use a soft, dry brush to remove loose particles clinging on the fabric of your sofa. Don’t scrub too hard to avoid any damage to the fabric. Clean in between the cushions and don’t forget the nook and corners. You can also use a clean, dry cloth if you don’t have a brush handy.
(ii) Use your handheld vacuum on your fabric sofa to remove loose dirt, dust, and crumbs from your sofa. However, if you have a leather sofa, you can also wipe it with a damp cloth.
(iii) Check your sofa tags before cleaning. It will tell you about the right cleaning method for the specific fabric of your sofa.
While these steps can help you keep your sofa clean, it is necessary to rope in a professional sofa cleaning services for deep cleaning your sofa once in every six months. This is necessary to remove the deep stains and smudges, and sanitize your sofa to get rid of the deep seated bacteria and viruses.
Some care tips for sofa in the hot and humid weather of Singapore
Singapore has a hot and humid environment, which provides optimum conditions for fungal growth. Fabric sofas are less affected by humidity than leather sofas. However, the fabric of your sofa can trap moisture, leading to the growth of molds and bacteria. Bacteria and mold spores circulate in your indoor air, leading to poor air quality. Mold spores also induce allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Mold growth also damages the sofa fabric. Moisture also causes your sofa to develop an off-smell.
A good way to maintain good home hygiene and keep your sofa damage free is to ensure good cross ventilation. Leave your windows open and let fresh air circulate your home. This will ensure that your home has not muggy smell, and your fabric sofa is free from fungus and bad odor.
Also, pay attention to your personal hygiene. Don’t sit on your sofa directly is you are soaked in sweat. Make sure your kids don’t spill water or any other liquid on the couch.
What if something spills on the sofa?
Stains and spills are tough to remove, and they can ruin the look of your fabric sofa. In case you have spilled something on your sofa-
(i) Immediately use a tissue and blot the spill. This will prevent the spill from spreading on the fabric and creating a bigger stain.
(ii) Do not rub any random solution purchased from the market on your sofa. Otherwise, the stain will become worse, and the fabric might also get damaged.
(iii) Call home a professional sofa cleaning technician. An experienced professional is equipped with the right material and techniques to remove the nasty stain without damaging the sofa fabric.
Fabric sofas add to the beauty of your living space and give you comfort. With some effort from your end and services of a sofa cleaning professional, you can keep it clean and shiny for many years.