When it comes to sofa cleaning, upholstery cleaning, or mattress cleaning, nothing beats a steam cleaner. Cleaning couches and other upholstery should be an integral part of your house cleaning regimen. Home steam cleaners come in different type depending on your needs including handheld steam cleaners, garment steamers, and canister steam cleaners. For sofa cleaning or other upholstery cleaning you would normally choose a handheld or canister, but some garment steamers are often the first choice for many users. They can be used very effectively for sofa cleaning by freshening the fabric. The only problem we have with them is that they are one-trick ponies. They only do garments and fabrics. If you want to clean the rest of your house, you need a separate appliance. If you buy the right home steam cleaner, you can do all of your cleaning and steaming using one steam cleaner.
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A steam cleaner heats water to steam and directs it through its nozzle and on to surfaces to clean, disinfect against germs and allergens, and freshen. The combination of hot moisture and steam tools can break up tough stains and dirt better and faster than cleaners and hand rubbing.
Using a steam cleaner regularly for sofa cleaning, mattress cleaning or other upholstery cleaning has the potential to make a world of difference in your home environment.
There is a lot of interest in handheld steam cleaners, mostly because of infomercials and other advertising, but they have drawbacks that need to be mentioned:
- Short power cords provide only a short cleaning radius and more frequent outlet replugging
- Small water reservoirs lead to short steam times between refills
- Water is heavy and even though the reservoir are small handheld steamers can be tough on the wrists over time
- Lower power of handheld steamers produces less powerful steam flows and less effective steam cleaning
Decided on a canister steamer? Read about some of the best:
Canister steam cleaners are bulkier and more expensive, but it turns out that they are worth the extra money. Some of their more important advantages include:
- More power means better cleaning steam flow, better disinfecting, and a faster time-to-steam
- Flexible attachments allow you to clean a variety of surfaces from floor to ceiling
- Large reservoir means longer steam times between refills
- Long power cord gives you a larger cleaning radius making replugs fewer and farther between
- No water is stored in the wand, so it is much more lightweight, maneuverable, and less prone to producing fatigue
Sofa Cleaning Steps
Whichever steam cleaner you choose, the steps for cleaning couches and sofas, mattresses, or other upholstery are the same:
- Vacuum Upholstery: Make sure that you vacuum the dirt and dust from all the hidden cracks of your sofa. The dirt and dust particles could make a mess and could make the steam cleaner less effective.
- Pre-Treatment: You may want to use an upholstery cleaner to lighten any strong stains that might have developed in the sofa furniture or the mattress. Let the cleanser set in for about 3-5 minutes. Then use a soft piece of cloth to remove the stain. Some products have emulsifiers that can treat deep-down stains better and make them easier to remove.
- Buy Steam Cleaner: You may already have a steam cleaner, but in case you don’t here is our recommendation. Your choice is between a home fabric steamer and a home canister steamer. We don’t recommend handheld steamers except for quick cleaning in the kitchen. Fabric steamers will do a good job on upholstery, drapes, and mattresses, but they can be difficult to move around since most have a hanger tree. Canister vacuums are very maneuverable, easy to store, and provide much more powerful steam to clean a variety of surfaces beyond just upholstery.
- Prepare Steam Cleaner: For preparing a cleaner, you need to put in water and cleaner inside the machine. You add the water to the reservoir first up to the fill line. Then add the steam cleanser directly to the water reservoir and attach the reservoir to the machine. Many machines have a second “dirty water” tank that also needs to be attached but empty.
- Tool: Depending on your choice of steam cleaner it may come with an upholstery attachment. Use the upholstery attachment to brush the sofa to make it easier to clean more deeply. You may need to go over the sofa more than once depending how heavily soiled it.
- Clean Cushions: Your sofa cushions get the brunt of the workout and so are usually much dirtier than other parts of the sofa. Clean all sides of each cushion and set them aside while to clean the rest of the sofa.
- Clean Sofa: It’s important not to steam too long in a single area of the sofa to prevent soaking and long drying times. Go over the entire couch with the steam cleaner according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Take your time to get a good deep clean without getting the couch too wet.
- Let It Dry: After a thorough steam cleaning all that remains is to allow the couch to dry and clean up the steam cleaner. Wait to replace the cushions until they are as dry as possible. A hairdryer can be used to speed the process if you desire.
- Repeat: Now you can repeat the process with your other upholstery, mattresses, or drapes for a whole house clean.
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There you have it, all you need to know about sofa and upholstery cleaning with a steam cleaner! We sincerely hope that it has given you valuable information that helps you properly perform your sofa cleaning!