What can I use to clean my couches without a steam cleaner?

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What can I use to clean my couches without a steam cleaner?
There are alternative ways to clean your couch that don't involve using a steam cleaner. (Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Not everyone has a steam cleaner at home. So when the couch needs a good cleaning, there are other ways to clean it. A damp cloth can be used with warm water but it is important to check the tag on the couch first to see what material the couch is made of. Otherwise you might ruin your couch using the wrong substance. Your couch should be cleaned at least once a month to clean any bacteria and dirt that have stuck to the surface.

Finding your fabric tag

In order to clean your couch properly, you need to ascertain the material being used. Your couch should have a label on it with directions as to how to clean it. 'W' means that the couch can be cleaned with water. 'WS' means that the couch can be cleaned using water or it can be dry cleaned. An 'O' on your fabric tag dictates that the fabric is made from organic material and it should only be cleaned using cold water.

Remove all dirt

Before you clean your couch, you need to remove all dirt and dust from it. Firstly, shake the cushions. Discard any bits of grit that have lodged in there. Use an old brush to sweep away any dirt on the couch itself. Next, take off any throws, get your vacuum and hoover the couch. Hoover under the cushion seats and remove all dirt that has accumulated under the cushions. Use a cloth and depending on your fabric tag, clean your couch using whatever detergent is directed or use water if it is organic material. Dab the cloth onto stains to remove them.

Use alcohol

Blot your couch with alcohol. Alcohol is a disinfectant and is dries quickly. Spread it onto your couch using a cloth. Blot the couch with the cloth over the stains. The stains should come out easily. You can also use a bristle brush to rub the couch and spread the alcohol out. Use a towel afterwards and blot the couch. There should be a significant difference in the texture after doing this. The couch will be clean and the bacteria will be killed.

Useful tips

When cleaning your couch, it is important to have a source of ventilation. Using detergents on your couch can be harmful if inhaled. If you open a window, the air circulating around will help freshen the couch and get rid of any stale odors. Spraying some 'Fabreeze' on your couch after you clean it will give it a nice smell and help keep it fresh while also removing any stale odors. It is a good idea to use a throw on your couch as it will protect the material from wear and tear, sunlight damage and also catch all the bits of food or dirt that fall onto it.

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