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Old 18-02-2006, 1:29 PM
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I need cleaning advice...

My sofa and chairs are yucky, and really need a good clean...How do I do this? Have been shopping and thought maybe a carpet cleaner would do the job...however there weren't any carpet cleaners...only carpet deodorisers!!! So what do I use...really need it, they are disgusting and are grossing me out.

So, old stylers - any advice so I can look like a domestic goddess?
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Old 18-02-2006, 2:12 PM
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I was given a stinky old (their dogs loved it) sofa some time back. The only way I could sort it was to use vanish carpet and upholstery foam and a nail brush. Cost me best part of twenty five quid in the spray!

The cushions I did the grape treading trick in the bath.
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Old 18-02-2006, 3:24 PM
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I've got a similar query (sorry for hijacking) but my sofa is microfibre fabric. I've been told not to overwet it when cleaning as you can leave water marks. A few dirty patches remain though

Has anyone got some tips so I can give it a good clean?

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Old 18-02-2006, 4:40 PM
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I've got a similar query (sorry for hijacking) but my sofa is microfibre fabric. I've been told not to overwet it when cleaning as you can leave water marks. A few dirty patches remain though

Has anyone got some tips so I can give it a good clean?

Thanks.
If its just a few patches, why not try some baby wipes!!! They are excellent for getting rid of loads of marks!!!
The only thing i can think of if you are cleaning the whole sofa is a proper sofa cleaner, looked in my handy hints book, and nothing there for sofas im afraid!!!!
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Old 18-02-2006, 4:41 PM
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hire a steam cleaner and steam clean it - will look like new
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Old 18-02-2006, 6:46 PM
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mine are not removable either & I do think they need a clean. a-hem

So shall so that. Although i do have to hire a steam cleaner soon cos the carpets are manky!

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Old 19-02-2006, 6:30 PM
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I picked up a fantastic Laura Ashley Sofa from my local charity shop for 150 it retails at 1500.

Fantastic condition but as it is a pale fabric it does get grubby.

Tried all the sprays etc but found the best thing is to dissolve some washing powder in warm water and give it a good rub that way.

But you should do a test sample first.
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Old 19-02-2006, 10:55 PM
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1 part washing-up liquid to 4 parts water. Whisk it up like crazy until you have lots of 'dry suds'. Use a spatula or something like that to spread the dry suds on the upholstery, then scrub away at the grime with a squeezed-dry cloth. If you rinse out your cloth to have another go at it, make sure you squeeze it right out each time.

As always, *do a patch test first*, and it may need a couple of applications. I found this on the 'net somewhere when I wanted to clean up an old armchair I was donating to a charity shop. None of my usual cleaners worked very well, but this one gave surprisingly good results - and it's cheap! As long as you use the suds only, it shouldn't leave water marks.

Edited to Add: this won't neccesarily get rid of any smell though (though it may carry the washing-up liquid scent for a couple of days!), so you may want to use some sort of deodoriser as well, once it's clean.

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Old 20-02-2006, 10:04 AM
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well it won't get rid of the dirt but if you have smelly fabric, curtains, carpets etc i can't recommend fabreeze highly enough!
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Old 01-03-2006, 8:44 AM
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Hi
We have just been given a 3 piece suite (for free yay!). The trouble is that is stinks of cigarettes (and the lady's perfume..) and now so does the whole house. I used half a bottle of frebreeze on it last night but it hasn't made much difference - do I just need to use more? Would steam cleaning it work? Does anyone have any other suggestions?
Its such a great sofa but my house is just horrible at the moment
I have searched the indexed thread but can't find the answer so any advice would be really really appreciated
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Old 01-03-2006, 8:56 AM
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Hi Sharra

Do you have or have access to a steam cleaner? Is the sofa fabric? I'm assuming it is as you haven't said it's leather. If you can get a steam cleaner, then give it a go.

Otherwise, depending on what you can lay your hands on, this is what I'd do. I have a vax carpet shampooer with an upholstery attachment, so I'd clean the whole thing - not only will the smell go but at least you'll know it's clean. You may want to consider hiring one (and you can do your carpets at the same time )

You could try rubbing dry bicarb of soda into it, leaving for a couple of hours and vac'ing really well - that's a good deodouriser.

My only other suggestion would be to get a bowl of warm water with a bit of vinegar in. Get a clean cloth and make sure it is wrung out well and wipe over the sofa. The vinegar will get rid of the smell - certainly from the top layers.

However, the smell is likely to have permeated throughout the whole sofa so once you've cleaned it as well as you can, you are going to have to wait for the smell to go I once bought a piece of furniture and even after washing with vinegar, it still smelt, and it was 3 weeks before the smell went. It does make your house not feel like your own, IYKWIM, doesn't it.

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Hi sharra

We have a recent thread on cleaning a sofa and so I've added your post on to the end of it. Posts are listed in date order so you'll need to read from the beginning to catch up.

Good luck.
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Old 01-03-2006, 9:19 PM
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Thanks for the advice
So long as it doesnt cost a fortune I think we will hire a steam cleaner if thats the best - preferably soon!
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hi i have a cream fabric sofa we bought it from dfs 3 years ago as the cushions upzip and the back etc i washed it (although they said it shouldnt be) and it was lovely and clean but the surround what you cant take off is grubby now i have a steam cleaner although it was cleaner(not much) it doesnt match the cushions as they are nice and clean do you mean the ones you can hire from b&q i think its called the rug master or something like that lol




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our dry cleaners hire ones out, or the guy that cleans our carpets also will clean sofas etc maybe you will have someone offering the same service near to you?
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You can use some homemade solutions or just pick up an upholstery cleaner online or at your local store. Even if you buy something locally, be sure to check out some cleaner reviews and guides online ( for example just google upholstery cleaners 101 ) before you start cleaning. Hope that helps and good luck!
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We have had the best results on our sofa with detol power and pure kitchen spray. We used it in desperation after the youngest was sick on it.
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Have had best results in the past using a small amount of biological washing liquid (not gel) in a bucket of warm water, add enough to get a 'filmy' feel to the water but no more. I then apply gently in a circular motion using a microfibre cloth, on particularly grimy or dusty areas I pay extra attention. I make sure not to overwet and blot with towels at the end then leave the windows open and heating on to speed up drying. I have used this on chenille sofas, faux suede ones and on OH's cab upholstery. All looked perfect and new afterwards xx
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I tackled our sofas yesterday (why did I think we could keep cream ones clean!!) with Stardrops Alur gentle liquid wash. I applied it with a sponge and used a nail brush on the more soiled areas. It was hard work but they look so much better.

I have only just discovered Alur and it's my new best friend for carpets, upholstery and, of course, hand washing which is what it's intended for!!
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Tried everything to clean mine, the only thing that worked was a carpet steam cleaner that I hired. It did a fantastic job.
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