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Sofas are a must-have in every living room, and Toronto area homeowners have been using them more than ever lately it would seem. Although we spend hours each day relaxing on these comfortable pieces of furniture, we may not clean them as much as we should.

The frequency with which you should clean your sofa is often based on its use. If you have children or dogs, you’ll probably want to tidy it up more often. You can do it less frequently if you don’t use it much or have children or pets that sit on the sofa. 

You may also look at the fabric’s colour. If your couch is white or light-coloured, it should be cleaned regularly since dirt shows up more on more delicate textiles. You may go longer between cleanings if your sofa is a dark colour, such as black or brown, because dirt doesn’t show up as quickly on dark textiles.

Cleaning your sofa may help eliminate dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens. Unfortunately, a fast sweep with the vacuum will not suffice.

This article will run you through everything you need to know about cleaning your sofa.

Getting Acquainted with Upholstery Cleaning Codes

Identifying the fabric type is the first step in cleaning a couch. Different materials necessitate different cleaning procedures and solutions, so understanding what you’re up against may help you save time and avoid harm. 

Fortunately, manufacturers usually publish upholstery cleaning codes on furniture tags, so locating your code should be simple. The cleaning code, which is frequently found on a white label stitched into the bottom of your couch, is a letter or combination of letters that tell you how to clean your sofa the best way.

These four specific letter codes help customers understand how to clean their furniture without destroying it, but they can be perplexing.

  • “W” stands for water-based cleaning. 
  • “S” denotes a solvent-based cleanser. 
  • “S/W” indicates that you can use any cleaning method. 
  • “X” indicates that a vacuum cleaner or brush would be the best cleaning method.

If your couch doesn’t have a tag, or if it does but you’re not sure what sort of upholstery it has, consult your dealer or take a sample to a professional upholstery cleaning agency for assistance.

How Frequently Should You Clean It?

Sofas, like rugs, should ideally be deep cleaned twice a year. If you have your carpets professionally cleaned annually, it is ideal to include upholstery and furniture cleaning services in the quotation.

If the fabric accumulates a lot of dust or grime, or if it has loose cushions that are readily removed for cleaning, you should clean it more often.

It would help if you cleaned it once a week for regular maintenance. Once a week, vacuum the cushions, arms, and beneath the cushions to remove any debris, dust, or crumbs that have accumulated. 

It would be best if you also wiped up any spills as quickly as possible to avoid stains and to prevent them from becoming ground into the fabric and becoming more difficult to remove over time.

Because leather couches are less prone to harbour allergens and bacteria, they may require less cleaning than fabric sofas. However, dirt can still accumulate and cause your leather to lose its sheen over time.


It is essential to clean your sofa regularly to maintain its appearance and prolong its life. There are a few different ways to clean a sofa, and the best method will depend on your sofa type. If you are unsure about the cleaning process, this is best left to a professional upholstery cleaning service.

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