How to Clean a Faux Suede Couch

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10 Oct 2012

Take advantage of the hot sunny weather we have had lately to pull your couch outside and give it a good clean.

If in any doubt about the method of cleaning, try it on one section before tackling the entire suite.

This method is not recommended for every lounge suite, and definitely not for leather or suede. However, if you have a faux suede or fabric lounge suite then this is for you. If in any doubt, try it on one section before tackling the entire suite.

The first step in cleaning the lounge suite is to get rid of as much dust as possible. You might vacuum the suite every day, but dust gets into the padding and a good whack with a squash (or tennis) racket loosens and releases the dust.

Tip: Do this in the garden to prevent choking yourself and let the dust settle.

You will need two buckets: one with hot water and upholstery cleaner, and another with cold water.

Don't use harsh detergents or cleaning solutions on your couch, as this can damage the fabric. Stick to warm water and soap.

Use a scrubbing brush to liberally wet where you are going to start.

A light scrubbing should be sufficient and won't damage the fabric.

After scrubbing, use a clean, lightly damp cloth to wipe away as much wetness as possible. You will now be able to see whether or not more scrubbing is required.

Tip: If you have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, you can use this to suck excess moisture.

Leave the furniture out in the sun until completely dry. If you are worried about fading, place the furniture in a shady spot to dry. Don't worry about how saggy the fabric looks - as it dries, it will shrink back into its original shape.

After drying, if the fabric feels a bit stiff, use a suede brush or soft brush, to loosen up the nap.

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