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There are few things more inviting than a beautiful, freshly cleaned couch. Whether it’s the living room, den, or bedroom, having a comfortable and inviting couch can instantly lift your mood and make you feel at home. But, with kids and pets running around, it can be hard to keep your couch looking like new. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to clean your couch the right way.

We’ll go over the best ways to tackle the toughest stains and the most efficient methods to ensure that your couch looks as good as new in no time. From spot cleaning to deep cleaning, we’ll show you all the tricks to make sure your couch is always a clean, cozy, and inviting space.

Before you begin, be sure to have the following items: a vacuum cleaner, an upholstery cleaning brush, a handheld steam cleaner, an upholstery cleaning solution, and a vacuum brush attachment.

Step 1: Vacuuming

The first step in cleaning your couch is to use a vacuum cleaner. Begin by removing loose debris and pet fur from the couch with the vacuum. Next, use the upholstery attachment on the vacuum cleaner on the entire surface; this will help remove any excess surface dirt from all areas of the couch that are not visible.

Step 2: Spot Cleaning

Once you have completed vacuuming, spot-clean any areas that may have stubborn stains or have been soiled. Then, use the upholstery cleaning brush and scrub lightly using circular motions before blotting the area with a damp cloth. You can use an upholstery cleaning solution according to its instructions if there are especially stubborn spots.

Step 3: Deep Cleaning

If your couch needs further attention, use a handheld steam cleaner for deep cleaning. Spot clean with both the cleaning solution and brush if needed before finishing any remaining stains or difficult-to-reach areas with the vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment.

Step 4: Finish and Dry

Finally, blot any excess moisture from the cleaned area with a damp cloth before allowing it to air dry completely. Once dry, your couch should look and feel refreshed!

Maintaining Your Couch

To keep your couch looking its best between deep cleanings, clean it regularly with a vacuum cleaner and its upholstery attachment. Brush off any pet fur and periodically spot clean using an upholstery cleaning solution when needed. By following these small steps, you can maintain your couch’s appearance and prolong its life span!


Your couch won’t look new and smell fresh if you don’t take proper care of it. With this expert guide to cleaning your couch the right way, you can keep your couch looking like new for years to come.

Following the four steps outlined in this guide, you’ll quickly and efficiently tackle any stubborn stains and keep your couch in tip-top shape. So, next time you need to deep clean your couch, grab your supplies and get to work. You and your couch will be glad you did.

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