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How to Clean and Sanitise A Smelly Couch

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Is your once-comfortable couch now emitting unpleasant smells? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many of us experience the frustration of a smelly couch, which can be unpleasant and embarrassing, especially when guests come over. Fear not! 

We’ll delve into methods for cleaning and sanitising your smelly couch, regardless of the source of the odor, whether it’s pet accidents, spills, or simply accumulated body oils. Fabric sofas are particularly prone to trapping smells, but don’t despair! We’ve curated a collection of simple and natural solutions, even better than those temporary fabric sanitisers you might have tried before. This guide, titled “How to Clean and Sanitise A Smelly Couch”, will equip you with the knowledge and tools to restore your couch to its fresh and inviting state. So, let’s get started!

Understanding The Causes

Smelly couches often result from spills, pet smells, and the growth of mold. Identifying these root causes is crucial in implementing the right cleaning approach.

Understanding the causes of a smelly couch is the first step in effectively addressing the issue. Whether it’s spills, pet odour, or mold growth, identifying the root cause allows you to choose the most suitable cleaning methods and products to restore your couch to a fresh and smell-free state.

Guide to Cleaning and Sanitising a Smelly Couch

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A smelly couch can be both unpleasant and uninviting. Regular cleaning and sanitizing are essential to eliminate smells and maintain a fresh living space. Follow this guide to effectively clean and sanitise your smelly couch.

Identify the Source of the Smells

Determine the cause of the smell. It could be spills, pet odors, or mold. Identifying the source helps you choose the right cleaning approach.

Vacuum Thoroughly

Begin by vacuuming the entire couch, including cushions and crevices, to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris. Use a vacuum cleaner with upholstery attachments for better results.

Spot Clean Stains

Treat visible stains with appropriate cleaning solutions. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your couch’s fabric or leather. Test the cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t damage the material.

Deodorize Naturally

Sprinkle baking soda over the entire couch and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Baking soda helps absorb smells. Vacuum the baking soda thoroughly to remove any residual odors.

Address Pet Odors

If pet odors are the issue, use enzymatic cleaners designed to break down organic matter. Follow the product instructions and focus on areas where your pets frequently rest.

Mould Removal

If mould is present, mix a solution of water and white vinegar (1:1 ratio) and gently scrub the affected areas. Ensure the couch is completely dry afterward to prevent further mold growth.

Deep Cleaning

Consider steam cleaning for a deeper clean. Steam cleaning helps remove embedded dirt and kills bacteria. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for using a steam cleaner on your specific couch material.

Sanitise with Disinfectant

After cleaning, use a mild disinfectant to sanitise the couch. Ensure the disinfectant is suitable for your couch material and follow the instructions carefully.

Maintain Regular Cleaning

Establish a routine cleaning schedule to prevent smells from recurring. Vacuum and spot clean as needed, and consider using fabric or leather protectors to shield against spills.

By following this comprehensive guide, you can effectively clean and sanitise your smelly couch, leaving it fresh, inviting, and free from unpleasant smells.

What is the Importance of Regular Cleaning?

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Maintaining a clean and fresh-smelling couch goes beyond mere aesthetics; it directly impacts our health and overall well-being. Regular cleaning serves as a proactive measure against potential health issues. Over time, dust, allergens, and microscopic particles can accumulate on the surface and within the upholstery of a couch. These substances may contribute to respiratory problems, especially for individuals with allergies or asthma. Regular cleaning helps remove these particles, creating a healthier indoor environment.

Regular cleaning is crucial for couch hygiene. This includes routine procedures such as vacuuming, attending to spots, and polishing surfaces as required. Maintenance helps keep the furnishings in a more attractive and healthy state, while preventing premature wear. Without regular cleaning, spills and organic matter create a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to odors and health risks. Routine cleaning not only prevents harmful bacteria growth but also reduces allergens and preserves the couch’s integrity, extending its lifespan.

Eliminating lingering odors through regular cleaning contributes to a fresh and inviting living space. Beyond aesthetics, regular cleaning is a proactive investment in health, preventing microorganism growth and enhancing overall well-being

Professional Cleaning Services

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While do-it-yourself methods can be effective for routine cleaning, there are instances where professional help is advisable. A clean and sanitised couch that still carries a lingering smell may not truly be clean. If the smell or stain proves to be stubborn, calling in professional assistance is recommended. Professional cleaners bring expertise, advanced equipment, and specialized products, ensuring a more thorough and reliable cleaning process, especially for challenging situations.

Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning is IICRC certified, adhering to a set of practical standards for upholstery cleaning, whether it’s fabric or leather upholstery. We’ve got you covered and ensure the best cleaning results.

Why Elite?

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Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning employs a combination of our unique cleaning solutions and state-of-the-art cleaning technology to safely clean your upholstery with minimal risk and excellent results. We can handle most fabrics and leather. Additionally, we can apply a fabric protector to new and freshly cleaned furniture, ensuring it repels dirt rather than attracting it. Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning uses Elite Super Sanitiser, and Elite Supa Spotta is a Spot and Surface Cleaner designed to protect against viruses and bacteria.

Learn more about Elite Maintenance Services here or give our friendly team a call on 131 580

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