How to deep clean fabric and microfiber couches:

  1. Steam the couch. Use a handheld garment steamer or bursts from your steam iron to kill surface dust mites. Go over the entire sofa, allowing just the steam to touch and penetrate the fabric. If you don’t have a steamer or iron, skip this step and go straight to vacuuming.
  2. Vacuum the upholstery. With your vacuum’s upholstery attachment, go over the entire sofa: back, arms, skirt and cushions. If the cushions are removable, take them off and vacuum the fabric underneath, going as far under the back and arms as your vacuum can reach. With the crevice tool, go along the seams, around any buttons, and along the trim.
  3. Test a hidden spot. Be sure to test any upholstery cleaner or cleaning appliance you choose in a hidden area first, to be certain that it’s safe for the fabric and doesn’t cause any water spotting or color loss.
  4. Spot clean stains. In a pinch, mix together ¼ teaspoon mild dish soap with one cup of warm water. If your cushions have removable covers, unzip them and place a paper towel between the fabric and filling to absorb excess moisture. Apply the cleaner to a cloth and blot the stain carefully, working from the outside in. Once the stain is removed, dab the area with another damp cloth to rinse thoroughly and blot dry.
  5. Clean dingy arms and headrests. For water-safe fabrics, use a portable extraction cleaner. Simply dispense the cleaner and water mixture through the hose, agitate the fabric with the brush nozzle, and vacuum up the dirt into the tank. For solvent-only fabrics, it’s best to call in a professional for safe and thorough cleaning.
  6. Sanitize the couch. Once your sofa is clean and dry, kill lingering bacteria and eliminate odors on water-safe upholstery with a fabric sanitizing spray.

How to clean a leather couch:

Cleaning a leather couch may seem intimidating at first, but it’s fairly easy especially if there are no stains to remove. For routine cleaning, follow the steps below:

  1. Wipe the fabric with a microfiber cloth to get rid of crumbs or dirt.
  2. Vacuum the couch using the crevice tool to go along seams, around any buttons and along the trim.
  3. Work a leather cleaner into the leather one small area at a time, using a soft damp cloth.
  4. Rinse the cleaner or soap with another damp cloth until it is removed. Buff with a dry cloth. If necessary, go over arms and headrests multiple times.
  5. Apply a protectant to condition the leather to make it easier to remove future stains.