How to Dry Clean a Sofa Safely At Home | DIY Home Care

Dry cleaning is the easiest way to get your sofa to look admirable and feel comfortable again. You don’t have to bother yourself by wetting the sofa at all.

How to Dry Clean a Sofa

However, not all types of fabric are suitable for dry-cleaning procedures and you may end up damaging it. Though it may be easy, you still have to carefully execute the job.

Check out our simple tutorial below on How to Dry Clean a Sofa that you can refer to.

How to Dry Clean a Sofa

Check the label

Before you start everything, always check the label of your sofa first to see if the fabric is allowed to get dry-cleaned. The care instructions will tell you what kind of cleaning procedures and products which are suitable for the particular type of fabric.

Here are some common care instructions that you may find:

  • If the tag shows ‘dry cleaning only’, it means that it’s safe for a dry clean procedure.
  • WS tag means that you can clean dry-cleaning products or vacuum to clean the fabric.
  • S tag means the fabric is only suitable for dry-cleaning solvent.
  • If the tags show W, O, and X you cannot dry clean the fabric.

When you are sure that the fabric is safe for dry cleaning, then you can continue to the next step.

Choose the cleaning agent

You can find some dry cleaning agents in your local hardware stores or online stores. The label of the products will let you know the features of the cleaning agent.

Though it’s called the dry-cleaning agent, it doesn’t mean that your fabric will be completely dry in the cleaning process. It’s just that you don’t need to really wet the sofa since you won’t have to use water.

Let the air flow properly

Most dry cleaning agents can have a very cleaning scent that may not be pleasant to you. It’s important for you to ventilate your living room so the air can flow around properly by opening the doors and windows.

If possible, you can also bring the sofa outside.

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Test the product

Do not ever skip this step. You have to test the product first before you apply it to the entire sofa since some of the products may discolor the fabric. Here’s what you can do:

  • Drop a few amounts of the cleaning agent into a rag.
  • Rub it into the hidden spot on the sofa.
  • Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • See whether the cleaner cause any discoloration.
  • If none, that the cleaning agent is safe to use.

Apply the cleaning product

You can simply follow the instructions on the label to properly clean the fabric by using the product. Each product may need different procedures. Typically, you will need to simply blot the agent, focus on several stains, and re-apply if necessary.

Rinse and dry

Remove the cleaning residue by using a dampened clean cloth and let it dry before using the sofa.

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