Everything gets dirty sooner or later, even sofas. Sofas are a frequently used, if not the most used, piece of furniture in any room. They are subject to dust, food stains, allergens, odors and other contaminants that can build up over time. But they can be cleaned. Determining the right cleaning agent depends on the type of fabric the sofa is made of.
Upholstery is a common fabric used for sofas and there are plenty of cleaning products for this on the market. Scotchgard Upholstery Cleaner's formula creates a deep foam which cleans and removes tough stains from upholstery. Suitable for application on large areas such as sofas, it restores and also protects fabrics without altering the look or feel. Best 70032 Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner cleans set-in stains with a clean, fresh finish. It can tackle red clay and grease, and the spray bottle container makes it easy to use. Bissell's Fabric and Upholstery Cleaner is made for deep cleaning of fabrics. Its built-in brush loosens embedded dirt while working in the foaming solution that makes dirt and stains disappear.
Leather sofas are very popular for their look, durability and low maintenance. Mr. Leather is a cleaner made specifically for leather. It restores and protects with no oily residue and also repels water. No buffing is required; it comes in spray bottle, wipes and liquid form. Stain Buster is used for pigmented and aniline leather. It is a water-based cleaner that comes with a sponge that removes stains and restores shine with no waxy buildup. Pledge Diversey Furniture Polish is an aerosol spray that cleans, dusts and polishes with each application, leaving a pleasant lemon scent.
Many couches are made from more delicate fabrics like suede, velvet and even silk, requiring a softer, gentler method of cleaning. A good way to get these materials clean without harm is to use a steam cleaner. The Tobi Steamer is a device that acts like a portable dry cleaning store, using steam to remove wrinkles and odors. It comes with a Quick-change attachment that steams chairs to like-new condition and a lint brush that combines with the steam to remove unwanted particles and fibers. Conair's GS15RN Handheld Steamer is a compact cleaner. Continuous steam and a lint brush clean and deodorize fabrics effectively without the risk of burning or scorching.
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