A place of life and relaxation for the whole family, the couch is a piece of furniture that goes through a lot and which can therefore very quickly be subjected to the various smells left behind by children and adults, as well as pets. To clean, sanitize, disinfect, and remove the smells from a fabric sofa, here’s our professional advice.
Cleaning and removing the smells from a fabric couch
Before putting any kind of product or substance on a fabric couch to remove odours, you should always start by vacuuming it with a powerful vacuum cleaner to get rid of the dust and dirt on it. Some vacuums are equipped with a brush nozzle specially suited to fabric coverings. Then, always test a product on the fabric before starting to pour it over the entire surface of a couch. After that, pour a small amount of the deodorizing product chosen from the list that will follow on a small part of the sofa that’s not very visible, to prevent damage. Only after these two steps can you start to try to deodorize your fabric sofa using:
- Baking soda: An essential product for the maintenance and sanitization of any interior, baking soda also helps remove the odours embedded in the fabric of your sofa, as well as your covers and any other type of fabric. Easy to use, just sprinkle some baking soda over the whole couch, let it work for at least an hour and a half to maximize its effects, then completely vacuum the substance. Natural and eco-friendly, baking soda effectively eliminates odours and gives fabrics back their natural shine.
- White vinegar: To completely get rid of a strong odour present in your fabric sofa, such as the smell of pet urine or alcohol, use white vinegar and clear water. In a large bowl, mix equal amounts of both liquids, dampen a clean sponge, wring it out so you don’t get the fabric too wet, then scrub the dirty and smelly parts of your couch, using circular motions. Then, use a damp cloth to rinse the white vinegar, then another dry cloth to completely dry the fabric of the couch.
- Ammonia: Much like white vinegar, ammonia has a strong deodorizing power for even the strongest, most stubborn smells, such as those of urine or tobacco. You should wear gloves when using this deodorizing product and make sure to use it only in a well-ventilated room or outside, because ammonia gives off toxic fumes. To deodorize the fabric of your sofa, pour a small amount of ammonia in a bowl full of warm water, then add two or three drops of dishwashing liquid. As with the white vinegar, clean by scrubbing lightly and making circular motions, then rinse the substance with a clean, damp cloth before drying the surface.
- Rubbing alcohol: A natural disinfectant, degreaser, and deodorizer, rubbing alcohol is a useful product for removing couch smells because it disinfects at the same time. Derived from methylated spirits, rubbing alcohol has a less strong odour, but must nevertheless be used far from any source of heat and fire. To use it, mix some water and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, spray the mixture on the entire surface of your couch, scrub with a soft brush if necessary (in case of stains), then rinse with clear water and dry properly.
For the intensive cleaning of a fabric or a fabric sofa, you can also rely on a professional cleaning company.