Do you want to clean your sofa? This is great because upholstery absorbs a lot of dirt, dust, and all sorts of other impurities. On top of that, upholstered furniture is a breeding ground for germs. This makes cleaning crucial not only for the appearance of your home but also for your health and well-being.

Some people clean their sofas by using soap and water – simple yet quite risky because not all fabric couches can be cleaned with water. For example, if your sofa has a code S on the label, this means that you can’t apply water or any water-based cleaners which basically include every type of detergent except the dry cleaning ones.

So if your sofa indeed has that code S keep on reading because I will tell you how I clean my couch and how you can easily use dry cleaning supplies without causing damage to the surface!

How to Clean Your Fabric Sofa Without Using Water?

First thing you must do is vacuum the sofa so that you remove all dust and dirt and prepare the surface for a deeper cleaning. I highly recommend you make it a habit to vacuum your sofa at least once a week – that way you won’t have to deep clean it often.

In case there are any bad odours, you can sprinkle baking soda on the surface and let it sit for a few hours before you vacuum the powder. Baking soda can do wonders when it comes to absorbing bad smells.

And then it’s time to deep clean the sofa with a dry cleaner. The first thing I must recommend is for you to test the product on a small hidden area so you can check to see whether the surface has a reaction to the product. In some cases, the fabric can react badly and the damages are irreversible so don’t skip this step!

Once you have seen that everything is alright, continue applying more. I usually dampen a cloth then put a bit of the cleaner on it and start to rub it on the sofa.

And when you cover everything, you need to allow the sofa to air-dry completely. In order to speed up the drying time, you can open all windows in the room as well as place a fan near the upholstery.