I’ve got to share this awesomeness with you all!
Hunter and I purchased our furniture before we got married. Hunter saved enough money to buy all new furniture for our house so that we didn’t have to finance any. I let him pick what he wanted even though at first I thought it was kind of manly (it’s recliners because what man doesn’t want recliners, right). Once we got it, I grew to love it so, so much! I’m not a leather girl and he didn’t want cloth, so we went with microseude which is absolutely perfect.
Unfortunately, after four years, two kids, and a move, my lovely couches are pretty dingy. I’ve looked for a similar set in a similar price range with no luck. The place we bought it from is actually out of business now. Even if I found one, I’m probably too cheap to buy it. There are just too many other things I would rather splurge on right now. And quite frankly, during this season of life- ya know, the one with messy kids- why would I even consider new furniture?
I use the upholstery attachment on my vacuum to clean them pretty often, but the set in stains were horrible. I talked to a local company about coming to steam clean them. After getting an appraisal, though, I decided I wanted to try to clean them myself first before I spent the money. So here’s what I did:
I turned on my steam mop. While it was heating, I got a thick white washcloth really wet and added a small amount of Palmolive dish soap. I lathered the soap well.
I laid the wash cloth on the stained area, working in sections and sat the steam mop, without the pad, on top for about 30 seconds to one minute.
I lifted away the steam mop and once it was cool enough for me to touch, I began to scrub. You’ll notice the wash cloth become pretty dirty. Then, I let the couch dry.
After you’ve steam cleaned, you can always go back through with an upholstery attachment on your vacuum, but if you don’t have one, that’s okay too!
It was a tedious task and took me a couple nap times to complete, but I saved myself a ton of money by salvaging these couches and not having to pay a professional! #winwin
I don’t intend for everyone to go steam mop their couch, but it was a super cool, cheap hack for us!
Here are my comparison photos:
You can tell that it’s darker when wet during the process, but returns to the normal color once dry.
Here are the links to the products I used. These are affiliate links, but they are products I actually used to achieve awesome results.
Haan Steam Mop
Shark Vacuum with Upholstery Attachment (we have a Rainbow vacuum with the attachment too. I absolutely love it and highly recommend it too, but this one is just quicker and what I use for day to day cleaning.)
If you try this, comment and let me know how it goes. I would love to see your before and afters. I hope you are as excited about your before and after comparison as was.