The coronavirus crisis has made us aware of the number of viruses and bacteria we live with and how easy it is to spread. Home visits are already allowed, so you have probably wondered how the sofa is disinfected after receiving your friends or family at home. Its cleaning is quite similar to what you always do, but with some extra recommendations.
HOW TO DISINFECT A FABRIC OR MICROFIBER SOFA
Before applying any type of product, check which fabric is the upholstery of your sofa. Depending on what it is made of, its cleaning is different. This method works for fabric and microfiber sofas.
- Step 1. Vacuum the entire sofa well: from the back to where the seat cushions, armrests, and backrests rest. To do this correctly, the idea is to use the upholstery head – the one with red velvety fabric – and then use a soft brush to remove any remaining hair or lint. This step should be done at least once a week and incorporated into your cleaning routine.
- Step 2. Remove all the elements you can from the sofa: the cushion covers, the seat covers, and the armrests – if possible. Do not shake the elements: small dust particles will fly out and settle on other surfaces. The best thing is to vacuum them as we explained in the previous step, especially if you have pets.
- Step 3. Wash the cushion covers and all the removable elements of the sofa. If they are very dirty it is recommended to leave them to soak for at least an hour with neutral soap. Check the label to know at what temperature you can wash them, but the usual thing is to do it at a maximum of 40º (so they don’t shrink and deform).
- Step 4. Place the covers outside and in the shade to dry.
- Step 5. For the rest of the sofa – and those who can’t remove the covers – you have several options. Of course, before applying any of them to the upholstery, do a test in an invisible area of the sofa to verify that it does not spoil.
- With alcohol. Spray it on the surface, wipe with a soft brush and a clean cloth, better made of microfiber or cotton.
- With alcohol, lemon, and detergent. You have to mix half a glass of alcohol, with half a lemon and a teaspoon of detergent. Spray it on the upholstery and remove the dirt with a cloth.
- With warm water, lemon juice, and baking soda. In two liters of warm water, add the juice of one lemon and two tablespoons of baking soda – there are tons of things that you can clean with baking soda. Dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe it across the sofa. Then wipe clean.
- With warm water, vinegar, and baking soda. In a liter of warm water, pour a glass of vinegar and a teaspoon of baking soda. Wipe the entire sofa with a cloth dampened in the solution and place special emphasis on the most persistent stains.
- With the steamer. Steam cleaning is the best method to avoid using any chemical product since high temperatures disinfect tissues. In addition, it also serves to eliminate mites and odors.
- Step 6. Whichever method you use, allow the sofa to dry thoroughly before sitting on it and reattaching the cushions.
HOW TO DISINFECT A LEATHER SOFA
- Step 1. As with the fabric or microfiber sofa, the first thing you should do is vacuum it well with the upholstery head.
- Step 2. Make a mixture of distilled water and neutral soap. With a cloth moistened with this mixture, gently rub the sofa in circular movements. With a towel or rag rinsed in cold water, remove the dirt.
- Step 3. Dry the furniture with a clean dry cloth.