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By: Rain City Maids
Dec 05, 2022

Polyester couches have become some homeowners' preferred choice, and it's no wonder why. Aside from looking pretty, polyester is durable and easy to clean, allowing these sofas to be anywhere—even outdoors—without too much trouble.

However, the fact that polyester couches are easy to clean doesn't mean they're immune to debris and stains. So, if your sofa has seen better days, you're in the right place! Here's a simple method to clean your polyester couch. 

What makes polyester a top upholstery choice?

Polyester has many benefits, including being non-allergenic and more durable than most fabrics. Speaking specifically about cleaning, polyester's easy-to-wipe and stain-resistant texture make it a top choice.

However, as already said, polyester couches are not immune to stains, dust, crumbs, or other particles. This material still requires regular brushing and a thorough cleaning once or twice a year. 

The good news is that cleaning a polyester couch is pretty simple. Follow the next steps, and you'll breeze through the process:

Step 1. Pick up the debris

Your couch has dust, debris, lint, and—if you have furry friends living with you—pet dander, so sweeping all those particles should be the first step. 

The most effective tool for this task is a soft-bristled brush for upholstery, which is gentle on your couch. However, you could use another brush or a broom for this step; just be careful. 

With your tool in hand, sweep the dust from the top and between cushions, back, and sides. If you have a small dustpan, you could pick up the dirt as you go. However, it's easier if you throw the debris onto the floor to pick it up later with a broom or vacuum. 

Do you have an upholstery attachment for your vacuum? Suck up the dirt!

Picking up the dry dirt from your couch can be even more straightforward if you own a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment. This convenient accessory adds a brush to your vacuum cleaner, so you'll sweep the couch and suck up the dirt at the same time.

Step 2. Choose a cleaning solution for spot cleaning

It's easy to think all polyester couches require the same cleaning agents since they're made from the same material. However, depending on the manufacturer, the solutions you can use may vary.

For example, some couches can be wiped with a DIY, water-based solution, while others need a store-bought solvent cleaner. 

Are you unsure about the type of cleaner you need? You'll find next a short guide to understanding the care label on your couch.

Check the label before choosing a cleaning solution

It's important to always check the labels under the couch or on the cushions before you throw any harsh cleaner over the upholstery. The standard label signs are as follows:

  • W: The W label means you can clean your couch with water-based upholstery cleaners. You can even use the DIY recipe you'll find further in the blog post!
  • S: The letter S means that you need solvent cleaners, which are more powerful chemical-based cleaning agents. Your best bet is getting a store-bought cleaner.
  • S/W: If both letters are on the label, you can pick either solvent cleaners or water-based ones.
  • X: This label means you shouldn't use cleaning agents, only dry cleaning. So, if you find an X, consider hiring a professional. 

Some couch cushions may even be washing machine friendly, saving you a lot of time and effort! So don't forget to check for that too.

After checking the label, you can choose which cleaner to get from the store—just make sure they fulfill the requirements for your couch. 

Warning: It never hurts to be extra careful. So, spot-test your chosen cleaner on a small corner before spraying it all over your couch. Wipe after a few minutes and check what's the reaction. Don't use that solution if you see a new stain or discoloration!

How to make a DIY cleaner for your polyester couch

If you can clean your sofa with a water-based solution (W or S/W on the label), you can make your own cleaning solution. 

To go the DIY route, grab a spray bottle and fill it with four cups of warm water, one teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent (like Dawn), and one teaspoon of white vinegar. It's that simple!

Step 3. Let the solution work on the stains 

If you are using a water-based solution, the process is very simple: spray the solution over the dirty spots or dab the stains with a solution-dampened cloth. On the other hand, if you use a special cleaner, you should stick to the manufacturer's applying guidelines.

When applying the solution, cover the spots thoroughly without oversaturating your couch. Depending on the specific cleaner you're using, there may be different waiting times and steps after applying the product. 

If you're using the homemade water-based cleaner, leave it to rest for five to ten minutes—depending on how deep the stains are. Then, move on to the next step.

Step 4. Rinse and dry

When the waiting time is over, rinse the cleaning agent with a clean cloth dampened in plain water. This part is essential for most water-based cleaning solutions—it will help remove the residue on the couch. However, remember to read the guidelines for your specific product.

Once you rinse the solution, you need to dry your couch before using it. If the cushions are removable, take them outside to sundry. 

For the parts you can't remove, open the windows and turn on a fan to let the air flow; you can also use a hair dryer to accelerate the process.

Give your couch maintenance every six months 

Polyester may be easier to keep clean than other fabrics, but that doesn't shield it from natural wear. Giving it frequent maintenance will let you enjoy a good-as-new couch for longer!

While similar to regular cleaning, maintenance requires you to go a little further. So, every six to twelve months, set aside some time to give your sofa the treatment it deserves.

To clean your couch more thoroughly, follow the same process above but go deeper instead of focusing on the cushions or stained spots. For example, dust and spray the whole couch, even between and under the cushions, remove the cushions, clean them from all sides, etc.

Pro tip: Flip the cushions

If your couch has removable cushions, flip them over between cleanings—it will give the upholstery an even longer life!

Still too many chores pending? Learn how to clean like a pro!

Maintaining a house clean is more challenging than it seems. If you are looking for expert advice to keep up with all your chores, check the Rain City Maids blog

There, you'll find plenty of cleaning tips and tricks to get you cleaning more than your couch like a pro.

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