l shaped sofa

By The Cleaning Lady

The living room is often the heart of every house. This is the room where people gather to be social and watch TV, which is why buying a good sofa is such a worthy investment. The demand for good seating is why revenue in the Seats & Sofas market in the United States this year amounts to a staggering $46.12 billion. More and more homeowners are looking to spend heavily on their living room seating. Those looking for a sofa will want one that is stylish, comfortable and maximizes space. For this very reason, L-shaped sofas have become very popular with the corner sofa market in the USA. The adaptability of these sofas makes them ideal for families with both large and small homes.

Steps to Clean and Maintain Your L-Shaped Sofa

If you have invested in an L-shaped sofa, you’ll want to make sure you are doing what you can to make it last. Thankfully, it’s not hard to maintain your sofa properly if you stick to some core principles of cleaning. 

Know Your Sofa’s Materials

The first thing you need to do is to understand what your sofa is made up of. The fabric used outside is very important as this is the immediate point of contact, but it doesn’t hurt to know the materials used for joints and filling as well. 

Knowing what your sofa is made of will inform you of what type of cleaning materials you need. The last thing you want is to use a solution that is either useless or ends up ruining your sofa. Different materials have cleaning codes that also let you know whether you need to use water-based cleaners or if solvents are fine. 

When you look at Living Spaces’ L-shaped sofas, you can see how different upholstery types are sorted separately. Chenille, polyester, leather, velvet, and the like all have their own specifications, so it’s good to read the description before you purchase. You can also directly ask the seller for information. Certain sofas are even made with stain-resistant materials, which is done by blending natural fibers and synthetic ones. This is usually safe to clean with bleach. 

Whether you use store-bought or homemade cleaners, you need to consider every ingredient and how it reacts to the sofa’s materials. A common mistake is cleaning leather with alcohol-based materials and ammonia, which strip the oils of leather and cause cracking and discoloration. Even homemade solutions like vinegar cause damage. 

Get Rid of Stains Right Away

A simple rule that will keep your L-shaped sofa from an early visit to the reupholstery is to clean up any spills and stains as soon as possible. Don’t leave stains to sit. Even if you use a powerful cleaner that can get rid of stains that have sat for a while, this will require more product and will be tougher on your couch. 

Older stains also tend to require more effort, and few things ruin good fabric, like constant rubbing and force. You’ll already have lots of contact with your sofa in general use, so minimize the strain by spot-cleaning stains when you can. A microfiber cloth and some cool water can go a long way in getting rid of most spills, regardless of your couch’s material. However, Ken Kaplan from Dirt Blasters Carpet Cleaning, recommends you don’t use tap water as it could leave mineral deposits

Check Every Section Regularly

An L-shaped sofa naturally has more sections than a regular one. Some come with multiple pieces that you can separate, while others come as one whole piece. Either way, this means more corners that could build up grime, crumbs, and moisture. 

Make sure you comb through every section regularly so you don’t risk bacteria, rot, or mold. Leather and wood are particularly susceptible, but you need to be wary even if your sofa uses other materials. Huge warning signs to check for are fuzz, spores, or discolored spots. Sometimes, mold doesn’t manifest in an obvious spot, so you’ll need to be aware of other signs. Healthline’s piece on mold exposure notes other signs in the house, such as warping in the areas nearby, a musty and earthy smell, and nearby sources of moisture without light. 

Keep your sofa in a well-ventilated room to balance out the humidity, and stay on top of your checks. 

Brush and Vacuum Your Sofa 

For dust and other debris, you should keep a dry brush handy. All you have to do is go through the entire surface so that things don’t burrow into the materials of your sofa. Vacuuming is also a better option that you’ll want to do before any deep cleaning. 

A good brushing should be done every day, but you’ll want to vacuum your sofa at least once a week. This keeps it clean without being harsh on the fabric and also ensures that you don’t get a build-up of allergens. If you check out our list of Health Benefits of a Clean Home, it’s clear that doing this regularly is worth the effort. It keeps any allergies at bay, stops germs in their tracks, and minimizes the risk of getting nasty pests in your home.