Couch Care: Deep Cleaning Every Part, Including Upholstery, Armrests & More

Of all the overused furniture in our homes, none goes through as much abuse as our couch. Only the couch will serve as your bed,  dining table, and more, especially when the television stands opposite to it.

Taking care of your fabric couch is difficult as you can’t take off the covering to wash them like you can with your bedding. Getting your couch cleaned by Perth professionals once or twice every year yields satisfactory results.

Thinking of giving it a thorough cleaning. Keep reading to know all about couch care!

Hiring Professional Cleaners

Even when you thoroughly vacuum your couch every week, it gets difficult to clean out the nooks and crannies. It gets frustrating when you can’t clean the cookie crumbs or the cat hair out from the unreachable zones.

Professional cleaners

The worst are those unforgiving stains that refuse to come off. Hiring professionals in Perth to deep clean your upholstered furniture is often recommended by furniture shops. From stubborn stains to deep-seated grease, a professional knows exactly what to do to take care of each cleaning issue.

Looking to hire professionals to clean your dry-clean upholstered furniture? Check out couch dry cleaning in Perth.

Did you know you can also give your fabric couch a thorough clean at home? With the right cleaning solution and machine, it is entirely possible to do so. Take the following steps to deep clean your upholstered couch.

First Step: Deciphering the Label


When you get your couch professionally cleaned, the first thing the cleaners do is to look for the label that has the instructions for cleaning. This label is often found under the couch or on the platform under the cushions. The label codes with explanations are given below:

  • W- Only use a water-based cleaner on the material. You can find a water-based cleaner in stores or make it at home with baking soda, vinegar, dish soap, and water.
  • S- This is usually on dry-clean-only fabrics. ‘S’ stands for using solvent-based cleaners, which are used during dry cleaning. Be careful while using these cleaning agents as they can be both toxic and flammable. Only use it in a well-ventilated room and make sure there are no open flames around.
  • W-S- This code is applied for both water-based and solvent-based cleaners. You can use either or both, as some professional cleaners do.
  • X- This stands for not using any cleaning agents, as it can damage the fabric. These couches can only be vacuumed at home. You can also get them cleaned more thoroughly by a professional.

Next Step: Dusting & Vacuuming


Whether you are cleaning for spring, summer, winter, or fall, every home cleaner in Perth knows that before vacuuming, you must dust. If your couch has some wooden parts, you must dust it thoroughly with a duster.

The next step is vacuuming, so cover every part of the couch. Use a vacuum with good suction power, so that it pulls out any ingrained food crumbs, dirt, dust particles, molds, etc.

Start from the top of the upholstery, running down to the bottom. You must remember to vacuum every section including the inner body, armrests, sides, bottom, and cushions.

Use different nozzles, especially the upholstery tool for cleaning the body and the crevice tool to do corners and difficult zones. Some vacuums come with UV light function which kills any growth, bacteria, bugs, viruses, etc. so those are very good for deep cleaning.

Next Step: Attend To Stains


Before you can go forward with your cleaning, you must take care of the stains. Always try to clean up any spills immediately, that will help minimize the damage. This also keeps your couch ready for guests.

For fabrics that can be cleaned with water-based cleaners, you can use food and pet stain remover spray. First, try out the spray in an unstained unnoticeable area and see if there is any reaction. If the fabric looks undamaged, use it on the stain.

Shake the bottle and then spray liberally on the stain. Let the cleaning agent soak for ten to fifteen minutes, rub off the stain and repeat the process until the stain is removed.

Next Step: Cleaning Couches With W Code

w Code

First, you need to break off the dust and the grease from the surface of the couch. Use a store-bought water-based upholstery cleaner or make it at home by mixing half cup rubbing alcohol(disinfects) or dish soap(removes grease), half cup vinegar, and 1 cup water. Spray it liberally on the couch and wait for it to work its magic for a few minutes.

Now use a steam cleaner all over the upholstery and be very thorough with it. Switch nozzles according to zones, and you can also use an attached brush to loosen up deep-seated gunk. Pay extra attention to crevices.

You can also use a wet vacuum to clean it after spraying the cleaning agent, then follow it up by running a steaming iron over the surface to kill growth, viruses, and bacteria.

If you don’t have a steam cleaner, you can use a couch and carpet cleaner device. In that case, you have to put the cleaning agent into the cleaner, and run the device all over the couch.

Next Step: Cleaning Couches With S Code

s Code

Cleaning a dry-clean-only couch can be tricky, so it is better to leave it to the professionals. But, if you want to deep clean your S code couch yourself, take the following steps.

  • Dust and vacuum as mentioned before.
  • Buy a bottle of the dry-clean fabric cleaning agent. Shake well before using.
  • Open up your windows, keep the room well ventilated. Wear a protective mask and gloves, as these chemicals have a strong scent and are toxic.
  • Do a small patch test. Put the cleaning agent in a clean white cloth and rub it on a small, unnoticeable patch of the couch. Wait for a few minutes to see if there is any discoloration. If all looks good, continue with the next step.
  • Put the cleaning agent on a clean white rag and blot it on the surface of the couch. No rubbing is required, the agent will handle the cleaning on its own. Allow it to dry and then reapply if necessary.
  • End cleaning by dampening a fresh white cloth with a little water and pressing it on the surface of the couch, similar to applying the cleaner. This will remove the residues of the cleaner. Let your couch air dry and your cleaning is done!

Bottom line

With a few simple steps, you can deep clean your couch at home. Make sure you read the label and use the right cleaning agents and tools to clean your couch.