Couches are often the sitting epicenters of homes and they can take a lot of wear and tear. Typically, they are made from crypto fabrics, with makes them incredibly durable if looked after properly. Crypton fabric comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes and it is easily washable—as long as you use the right method. Here, we give you a run down on the best way to clean your couch and have it looking brand new in no time at all.
If you want to simply spot clean your fabrics, then start by wiping away the excess mess with a dry clean towel. A simple soap and water solution will work wonders with a crypton fabric, however it’s important that you clean all the soap away fully at the end as it can attract more dirt if left there.
A great rule of thumb is to mix 1/4 teaspoon of an enzyme laundry detergent with 1 cup of warm water—only a little detergent is needed. When you’re ready to apply the solution, do so with a misting spray bottle and use a soft bristle brush, then blot with a clean towel and rinse. Repeat as many times as is necessary, and remember to thoroughly remove all the soap between washes.
Extraction cleaning is for those stains that are just too ground-in for you to be able to get out using a spot clean. Before you begin this cleaning method, make sure you have removed any wetness from the couch—for example, soak up that red wine spill before you start—and have vacuumed the area.
To begin the extraction clean, prepare a large batch of cleaning solution using 1/4 cup of an enzyme laundry detergent and a gallon of lukewarm water. Again, apply the solution with a misting spray bottle then begin by using a soft sponge or bristle brush. You want to lightly work it into the affected area, moving from the outside to the inside so as not to spread the stain further.
When using this method, remember to keep cleaning your sponge regularly so as to minimize the reach of the stain.
After you have gently rubbed the solution into the affected area, let it rest. Allow the solution to soak into the fabric. During this time, blot away any excess dampness with a dry cloth. Once the solution has soaked in, rinse the solution out of the fabric until all the soap is completely removed. Repeat this process until your stain is fully removed.
As of 2018, it has been recommended that crypton fabrics are not for machine washing, so avoid this at all costs. Crypton fabric is an easy and reliable fabric to have in your home, as long as you care for it in the right ways. Using the aforementioned cleaning techniques will keep your couches looking brand new for as long as you have them!
This is a guest post by Ablyss they specializes in furniture upholstery in Denver Colorado.