How to Clean a Sofa
Your Guide for Routine and Deep Cleaning

How to Clean a Sofa

Cleaning the Upholstery

Clean any stains or dirt off with a damp cloth (or if needed, use mild soap) and then wipe over with water only to dry off any residual moisture from washing. Be careful not to soak it too much so as not to oversaturate and risk damage to any components.

Always refer to the upholstery care guide for cleaning codes and performance certificates. Do not attempt to clean your upholstery without first verifying appropriate solutions and methods are used. 

View our Upholstery Guide here.

"Spot" Cleaning

In replacement of spot cleaning stains, clean the desired area seam to seam with a damp cloth or sponge and mild detergent (not bleach). We say, if it won't damage your hair, it won't damage your upholstery. Cleaning seam to seam avoids water-ringing and spot discoloration. For stubborn stains, try using an upholstery cleaner spray from the store; make sure not to use anything too harsh because that can damage your fabric over time!

Cleaning the Cushions

Pillows are another item that can be cleaned easily. Vacuum the pillows, then spot clean them with a damp cloth or sponge. You don’t want to put too much pressure on the fabric as you clean it, so try using a soft cloth or sponge instead of an abrasive scrubber. If your furniture is made from leather, be sure not to use anything with alcohol in it because that can damage the material over time.

Deep Cleaning


Brushing the fabric is an important step in deep cleaning your sofa. Using a soft-bristled brush, you can easily remove any dirt and debris that has accumulated on the surface of the upholstery. This is especially important if you have pets or children who frequently use the sofa. Brushing the fabric before vacuuming or using a cleaning solution can help loosen any dirt or particles that have become embedded in the fabric, making it easier to remove them. Be sure to brush all crevices, seams, and corners thoroughly to ensure that all dirt and debris are removed.


Vacuuming your sofa's fabric is an important step in deep cleaning. It will remove dirt, dust, and other particles that are trapped in the upholstery. If you have a removable cushion, remove it before vacuuming the frame; otherwise, use an attachment designed for upholstery cleaning if necessary. 

Use and attachment designed for upholstery cleaning

Vacuuming should be done regularly, at least once a week, to keep the sofa clean. If you have pets or children who are prone to spilling things, then you might want to vacuum more often. Use an attachment designed for upholstery cleaning if necessary. By vacuuming regularly, you can maintain the appearance and hygiene of your sofa and prolong its lifespan.


Dusting the upholstery is an optional but important step in maintaining a high-quality sofa. It helps remove surface dirt and grime that can accumulate over time on household items. Dusting regularly, you can keep your sofa looking clean and fresh and prolong its lifespan.

Dusting is especially important for leather upholstery. For more stubborn dust, use a damp soft cloth to wipe off the dust, and dry soft microfiber cloth to wipe dry the leather. Microfiber will dry any moisture while leaving no lint or cloth fibers behind.

Performance Fabrics

See how easy it is to clean our performance fabrics with the videos. Click here to see.


AquaClean® is a patented technology which engineers every fiber with a special hydrophobic barrier. When the fiber is brought together into the fabric, its performance is integrated resulting in a longer lasting, more complete coverage, and requires only water to clean up any substance. Even felt-tip permanent markers won't stand a chance!

Smart Fabrics

This performance fabric line is a collection of high performing materials that not only resist stains, but are water repellent and easy to clean. These materials do not contain any harmful products and are made from 100% recycled polyester fibers.


Regularly clean the upholstery with a soft cloth and treat clean stains. Vacuum and brush the fabric regularly to remove dirt and debris. By following these steps, you can ensure that your sofa remains stable and supportive, prolonging its lifespan and maintaining its appearance and comfort. 

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