Your couch is like a sacred object in your house. When someone commits a sacrilege on your sacred couch they are always dealt with seriously. For example, it is forbidden to put your shoes or feet on the couch, when someone does that, like a member of a family or one of your closest friends, they are always greeted upon with a visible and big frown.
Good manners never get out of style and they are always in touch. Leaving some food debris on you your couch invites other serious problems. It may become a breeding ground for ants and other insects that feed on those droppings that you have made. And besides, leaving dirt and other things that would ruin the image of the couch is completely unacceptable.
Having a horrible smell or having some unnecessary marks and stain does make your couch looks bad. Nobody wants a bad couch, you always want it to be clean, presentable, and smell fresh all the time. Anything that goes against these ideas usually gets you irritated and cranky. And we don’t want that. You can follow these simple steps on how to clean your couch effectively.
What is a polyester couch?
Obviously, a polyester couch is a couch that is made of polyester. Polyester is considered a great fabric usually for the upholstery of chairs, sofas, car seats, and other furniture. It is synthetic and is considered inferior in terms of quality compared to leather and cotton.
But even if it’s considered somehow inferior as compared to leather and cotton, polyester does have a share of advantages and strong points. Owning a polyester couch is a great choice in choosing what to furnish your home. Technically, you won’t be regretting choosing a polyester couch over some other materials.
Benefits of using a polyester couch
Here are all the benefits of buying polyester upholstery furniture
- It is affordable – most polyester couches are comparatively priced low compared to leather and cotton furniture
- It is easy to clean – a polyester does not absorb a stain like cotton, a stain will rest on top of it making it easy for cleaning that stubborn stain away.
- Available in several color options – compare it with natural fabrics, a polyester comes in a variety of colors. A natural fiber has very limited color options, you can easily choose a color option that will perfectly fit your living room’s color scheme.
- It is durable – polyester furniture could last long, you can use it outdoors and still it last. A polyester repels water and moisture. As long as you don’t soak and expose it to a heavy amount of UV rays, its color won’t fade.
- It is light and has a nice texture – most polyester furniture is light. Compared with other furniture types that use other materials, polyester is lighter and has a nice feel to it. As long as you take time to maintain and clean it, you won’t be having much trouble with your polyester couch.
How to effectively maintain and clean polyester couch
You want something to last long, make sure you follow a cleaning schedule, if your calendar says you are to do general cleaning, by all means, follow it. Procrastination often leads us to regrets, we do not want to be blaming ourselves for something that we ought to be doing and did not do it.
Schedule a deep cleaning routine every six to twelve months – whatever furniture it may be, be it a table, a couch, or anything at your home, as long as you regularly clean it there is that chance that you will be able to make it last for a very long time. A polyester couch is not exempted from it. You want your couch to look fresh and new always, make an effort to regularly deep clean it every six to twelve months. If it is heavily stained then a shorter time interval would be recommended.
Use a regular detergent – in removing stains on your couch. That is one advantage of having a polyester couch, you may use any regular items that can be readily found in your home. If you have a plain dish detergent, a bit of baking soda, some cloth, and a vacuum cleaner you are good to go. Using a furniture freshener would be a welcome option.
- You can also use shampoo – that is right, it is good for your hair and good for your polyester couch. The chemicals in the shampoo can be used to kill bacteria and other disease-causing microbes. If you want to dry fast, you can use your fan and put it in front of your couch and your job’s done.
Step-by-step process of how to clean polyester couch
- Vacuum the surface of your couch, remove any crumbs and other food particles or your pet’s hair.
- Suck up all the dirt from under the cushions and on those hard-to-reach areas.
- If your couch has some unpleasant and nasty odor, apply a liberal amount of baking soda and allow it to be soaked on the surface before wiping it with a clean cloth.
- Prepare your cleaning solution (a mixture of
dish detergent, or shampoo and some baking soda, and a squeeze of lemon) and use a sponge to wipe it with all the bad stuff that is stuck on your couch until it is clean and fresh smelling.
- Just be careful that water does not penetrate those areas that get moist easily like the leather part or the cotton part of your couch, since you are using a sponge, it would be easy for you to control the application of water and the mixture that you have made.
- Spray a moderate to intense amount of furniture spray to completely clean and sanitize it.
- OPTIONAL: If your polyester cover can be removed, just completely remove it and put it on a washing machine, just follow the instruction on its tag to avoid shrinkage or damage.
HOW ABOUT REMOVING STAINS, LIKE PET’S PEE
Getting cuddly with your little cupcake on your couch is a lovely way to spend your afternoon until cupcakes took a piss and all hell broke loose. Your pet no matter how cute they seem to be are culprits in leaving something you don’t like on your couch a little bit of poo and a spray of urine will leave you scratching and surprise but you can’t do anything about it except to clean the mess.
For cleaning a fresh pee
- Blot the surface that had been peed with a paper towel, use a gentle patting movement.
- Do not in any way rub the pee or get in danger of letting the pee sink deeper on the padding, which is something we do not want.
- Sprinkle the wet area with baking soda and you may need to apply white vinegar to it.
- Leave it for a while and Hoover the dried part.
- If there is still moisture, blot the surface again and that’s it.
Cleaning an old pee stain
- This one is quite harder, the longer the stain, the harder it is for it to be removed. Use a solution of hydrogen peroxide (use a 300 ml bottle spray, use 3% hydrogen peroxide, and 3 tablespoons of baking soda and add 2-3 drops of dish detergent). Shake the bottle until everything is thoroughly mixed, spray it on the stain or on the part you suspected where cupcakes peed.
- Take notice for any change of color on the sprayed part
- If you do not notice any color spray the mixture on the affected areas and repeat the process until the stain vanishes.
Cleaning spills and other stains
- Removing other types of stain requires you to be fast and yet careful. In most cases, a spilled liquid of any kind can bring more harm. Ketchup, milk, and coffee are some of the common liquids that are spilled on your polyester couch. Sometimes being over-aggressive and overly eager puts us in a more compromising position if we are not careful and are hasty with our movements.
- Gently dab the couch surface with a clean towel or cloth, with extreme caution, apply a mixture of vinegar and water and make sure not to heavily drench the couch with the solution.
- Slowly and gently sprinkle the top of the stain, use light circular movements. Start from the ends and slowly proceed to the center with light movements. Blot using a paper towel or cloth any excess moisture.
- Let it dry. If you need to repeat the process you may do so and as usual use extreme care.
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