Cleaning your sofa free from muddy paws, claws and more

Whether you have dogs, cats or kids, you know how muddy they can make your house, especially after a day of fun playing in the garden. They can leave unsightly mud stains on your sofa, making your living room look messy and an unpleasant place to relax. No fear, we have some tips to make your sofa look like new.

Cleaning a Fabric Sofa

First off, if the mud is still wet, blot it with a dry cloth. Do not wipe the mud as this can cause the stain to spread. If the stain is already dry, then use a utensil such as a soft-bristled brush and scrape away as much of the mud as possible. This will hopefully leave a smaller stain.

Next you should dampen an old toothbrush with warm water and dip it into a bleach-free laundry detergent to ensure you don’t accidentally bleach your sofa. However, do not put just water on to the stain, as mud is just wet dirt, adding just water will create more mud, therefore making the stain bigger and more difficult to handle. Once you have your toothbrush with warm water and bleach free laundry detergent, work the detergent into the stain using the toothbrush and let it sit for 10-15 minutes on the stain.

Whilst you’re waiting, mix equal parts white vinegar and water and dip a cloth into the solution. Be sure to ring out the cloth so it isn’t dripping wet. Once the 10-15 minutes is up, blot the area with the solution on the cloth to rinse away the soap from the detergent and any residual mud. Again, don’t wipe to avoid making the stain any bigger.

Once you have blotted the stain with the white vinegar and water solution, sprinkle baking soda over the stain to help the area dry quickly. Wait for this to dry, which could take about 30-45 minutes. After this has dried, brush away the baking soda with a soft bristled brush.

Cleaning a Leather Sofa

If you do have pets or younger children, leather sofas are a great option as they clean easily and don’t often stain. But on those occasions that the dirt is still obviously there, making your living room look unclean, try these tips to make your sofa look like new,

First clean off any surface dirt, this means taking off all the cushions and brush off any loose dirt into a dust pan or hoover your sofa with a upholstery attachment to avoid scratching it. Next mix equal parts white vinegar and water, this is the most natural way to clean your leather sofa. Then wipe away the stain gently with a micro fibre cloth.

Follow this up using a mixture of mild detergent and warm water to remove any unpleasant lingering vinegar smell. After this, you should leave it to dry naturally.You should always try and tackle stains as soon as they happen to avoid letting them sit on the fabric for too long, making it harder to remove.

The last tip is to always test your cleaning products before you try and tackle a stain with them. Test them on an area of the sofa that no one can see, wait for it to dry and see the results before attempting to tackle the target stain on your sofa.