When it comes to cleaning your home, one of the most neglected items in your house is your couches. While some people maybe will clean their couches once or twice a year, sprucing up your furniture should be more of a monthly activity, or it can even be done every two weeks. Here are five signs that it’s time for a couch cleaning. 

Stains on the Surfaceyellow couch

Stains come from many different sources and they are not all as obvious as spilling a drink or some food. Take the time to carefully comb your couch over for any stains, which is a tell-tale sign that you need to clean it. 

Debris Under the Cushions 

Many of us forget just how dirty our couch is until we look under the cushions. Take time every week to check under those cushions and break out the vacuum for a quick cleaning. Keeping the area beneath your cushions clean will promote the longevity of the fabric and reduce harmful dust particles from entering the air each time you sit. 

Faded or Worn Fabric 

This one may sound a little odd, but you can always tell when your couch needs cleaning if it just looks a little “blah”. Remember what it looked like when you first got it? Now it might look like it has been sitting in your house, neglected, for a few years. A simple vacuum cleaning can do wonders for making your couch pop once more! 

Pet Damage 

When you have a pet, you are most likely cleaning not just your couches but your entire home quite frequently. Pets are a lot of work and cleaning up after them is another part of the job. Keeping your couch free of dog or cat hair will allow guests who may be subject to allergies to enjoy the comfort of your home without having allergic reactions. You want to pamper your pet and let them lay down on the couch? That is fine but make sure you take of your couch too. If you use throw blankets or a slipcover to keep the pet hair off your couch, be sure to wash them regularly too.  

 The Last Cleaning 

If you can’t recall the last time you cleaned your couch, it’s time to clean your couch. Establish a routine on a specific day of the month to give your couch a quick touch up to maintain its beauty. 

The Best Ways to Clean Your Couch 

There are some simple at-home remedies when it comes to keeping your couch looking fresh. One option is to use baking soda. Get rid of any gunk by wiping down your couch with a dry cloth and then sprinkle baking soda on your couch and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then, vacuum up the baking soda with the brush attachment. If that does not do the trick, try a dry carpet cleaner or use a clean cloth and cleaning solution. 

Another DIY option is to use 2 cups of distilled water, 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Mix all these together in a bucket and use a cloth to blot any stained areas you see on your couch. Use a different dry cloth, blot the treated area to remove any soap, and then point a fan to make sure it dries completely. 

Of course, when taking on couch cleaning on your own, you always run the risk of potentially damaging your couch if you do not do it right. Each type of couch is unique and may require specific cleaning protocol. If you want to avoid making a mistake and causing more harm to your furniture, then consider using ServiceMaster to keep your couches looking brand new. We offer a large array of services, such as carpet, window, tile, air duct, or even vandalism cleaning. Contact us today if your home or business needs a refresh! 


This is an updated blog.  The original was posted on November 9, 2018, and can be viewed here.