If you’re like most people, then your sofa is the central core of your household. It is a place where family members enjoy each others company, watch television together and share the day’s accomplishments and setbacks. Which can make it not only one of the most used pieces of furniture in the home but also the one that is quite likely to also be the dirtiest.
Traditionally, when you wanted to clean this item of furniture then you had to rent a steam cleaner or have an upholstery service clean. However, that is no longer the case. As you’ve probably noted from steam mop reviews, most steam mops can tackle this job. And today, I am going to tell you how to do it.
Before you start cleaning your sofa however, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, you need to use a steam mop that has the right accessories for the job. One with a detachable, hand-held unit. Most of the best steam mops on the market have this accessory. If your current steam mop has one, then great. You are good to go. If not, then you can use your normal lightweight steam mop, but it’s going to take a bit more effort. You will also need to have a hand-held vacuum you as well.
Once you have the right steam mop and it’s filled and ready to go, it is now time to prepare your couch for cleaning. You can do this by removing the cushions, pillows and anything else that might be on your couch. Then you will want to take your vacuum and make sure all loose dirt, hair and debris is removed from the sofa.
Now that your sofa is cleaned, you can then attach your steam mop’s accessories and begin the cleaning process in earnest.
Choose Your Settings and Accessories
Most likely, your steam mop will have several different settings for you to choose from. Since your sofa is somewhat delicate it is usually wise to choose the lowest setting possible. However, that isn’t always the one that is going to get the job done—especially if your sofa is particularly dirty or grimy. In that case, you may have to go up a setting or two to get your sofa clean.
As far as accessories are concerned, you most likely have several options available to you. If possible, try to use the one labeled as a detail brush. If your mop doesn’t have that accessory, then you might have to use your mop’s bonnet or carpet glider. Don’t worry though, these usually work just fine.
Be sure to test a small area of your sofa to make sure that it isn’t going to get damaged by the steam mop. After you’ve done that, you can then proceed to clean the couch thoroughly. All that is left to be done now is to give yourself a big pat on the back.