Tips for cleaning 3 different types of furniture

Here at Sofa Creations, we make it our business to be on top of the latest interior design trends and innovations in sofa design. We know there are few things more satisfying than enhancing your home’s aesthetic with a new sofa or pouf, but be aware – even the newest, most robust piece of furniture needs to be cleaned every once in a while! We thought we would share a few tips for cleaning a few different types of furniture, so your investment will last longer and always be clean enough for spontaneous guests!

Cleaning leather

Furniture such as a leather sofa or our bonded leather wingback swivel club chair are sleek, elegant pieces that look great, but spills still happen! And even a brand-new piece of furniture will accumulate dust and grime if left unchecked for too long. You’ll want to clean up spills on leather right away, because fluids can penetrate the material and leave hard-to-remove stains.

The first step to cleaning leather furniture is to vacuum it with a maneuverable brush attachment so you can get hard-to-reach dirt and dust out of the crevices. After that, dip a soft cloth (microfiber works well) in liquid leather cleaner or make your own by mixing equal amounts of water and white vinegar. Wipe down the piece of furniture with this solution then dry it with a towel.

If you really want to go all out to make your leather furniture shine like it’s brand new, you can mix one-part white vinegar and two-parts flaxseed oil, and leave a coat of this mixture on the furniture overnight.

Cleaning fabric

Fabric chairs and sofas like our Jennifer sofa can make your living room pop with their modern, clean-cut designs. But knowing how to clean fabric is important, especially if you don’t want to have to resort to those unattractive plastic covers!

The first thing to look for before you clean your fabric sofa is a tag from the manufacturer on a cushion. You’ll usually find one of four letters, which indicates how your sofa can be safely cleaned. Here’s what these letters mean:

S – You can’t use water to clean the sofa. You’ll need a solvent-based cleaner.

W – Water is safe to use.

WS – You can use water or a solvent-based cleaner on the furniture.

X – You can only use a vacuum: no water or solvent-based cleaner.

Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can proceed with cleaning the fabric similarly to how you would clean leather. Vacuuming first is a good idea, and you can wipe down the wood or metal areas like the feet of the sofa with a solution of dish soap and water.

If your tag says “W” or “WS”, you can either use a commercial cleaner or make your own to remove stains from fabric upholstery. If you choose to make your own, try mixing ¾ cup warm water, ¼ cup vinegar, and a tablespoon of dish soap. Put it in a spray bottle and gently apply it to the surface of the sofa, chair, or other piece of furniture. Scrub the stain with a microfiber cloth or soft cloth untill the stain is gone, then dry.

Cleaning velvet

Velvet is a particular type of woven fabric which usually has a “S” on the manufacturer tag. This means the fibers don’t react well with water, and water can actually cause damage. That’s no reason not to get a comfortable piece of furniture though! This velvet accent chair is a great addition to the house, and really isn’t that difficult to clean.

If you have a piece of furniture upholstered with velvet, a common cleaning solution for stains is a homemade mixture of lemon juice and baking soda. Put a couple tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl and fill the bowl with lemon juice until you have plenty of foam to work with. Apply the mixture to a soft cloth and wipe down the affected area of the velvet upholstery. Try to keep the solution on the surface instead of pushing into the fibers of the velvet. Wait for the spot to dry, and…voila! Your sofa or chair is ready to go.

Keep in mind that as with other types of materials, not all velvet is made the same. For example, our channelback sofa has velvet options like Bella Cocoa that are cleanable with water and dishwashing soap!

Choose the type of furniture that fits your style

We know it’s easy to go down a rabbit hole of research trying to figure out how to clean your chair or sofa, so we hope these tips helped! Here at Sofa Creations, we’re always upfront about the high-quality materials used in our furniture and the methods for safely cleaning them. We have extensive color and fabric options for our basic sofa designs, but also specialize in crafting custom designs to fit your particular needs! You can take a look at our designs on our website or drop us a line to talk about your vision for a custom sofa.