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How To Clean A White Sofa

by | Jul 14, 2020 | Cleaning Tips

Cleaning your white sofa is an absolute must in order to have the posh, stylish living room you’re after. A clean white sofa is perfect for pulling off different types of themes in your home!

From modern chic, to a comfortable and relaxing style, having such a big piece of furniture in a neutral colour is the ultimate design hack. But as we all know, no one likes a dirty and grimy sofa – especially one that highlights any discolouration.

Now that you’re here, you don’t have to worry about that! We’re here to help you with a few tips and tricks that can ensure a clean and beautiful white couch.

The Preparation

Before you get started on cleaning your sofa, here are some things to consider so you can prepare for the process ahead.

White sofas look beautiful in every setting.

What Are You Cleaning For?

Yes, there are different types of cleaning methods depending on the reason that you’re cleaning. Are you looking for a regular cleaning routine to be done weekly? Or is there a recent nasty stain you’re trying to get out? If you’re feeling like the couch is too dirty because of dust, regular cleaning will do just the trick! For other issues such as messes from pets, you should try a deep cleaning.

These reasons all require different cleaning methods for your sofa, which we’ll be going over soon.

Understanding Your Sofa

Now that you know what you’re aiming for, you must be familiar with the proper cleaning process for your sofa. First, recognise the material used for your couch. Is it made of fabric, leather, faux, or something else?

A white couch looks beautiful with nice hardwood floors.

Identifying your sofa’s material will help determine how to clean your sofa effectively.

To get specific instructions, you can opt to read the manufacturer’s instructions or the tag on the cushions.

Here are important labels to know when reading the tag:


  • W: Clean by washing with water.
  • S: Clean by using a solvent-based cleaner, do not use water.
  • WS: Clean by washing with water or by using a solvent-based cleaner.
  • X: Clean by using a vacuum cleaner.

The Process

Don’t dive right into cleaning straight after reading the tag! Here are tips and procedures to guide you while you’re cleaning. Keep your preparation in mind when deciding which procedures to follow to get the best results.


Vacuuming is the easiest regular cleaning technique for sofas. It removes dirt and dust before they build up into more difficult stains like mud.

When vacuuming, keep in mind that you shouldn’t simply focus on the seats. The cushions and frames are other places where dirt usually builds up. Make sure to pick up the cushions and get in the lesser thought of areas of your couch with the vacuum. Once you’ve got that handled, you’re good to go! Vacuuming should be done weekly to ensure your sofa’s cleanliness.

Spills And Stains

There are different methods to get rid of spills and stains. If the stain is still wet, you can simply blot the stain with paper towels. Be gentle when doing this by applying only a small amount of pressure. Avoid wiping or scrubbing to prevent the stain from expanding. You can stop dabbing once the stain is no longer lifting from the fabric.

You can also choose to vacuum the spill, then use a dish soap solution to remove the stain. This can be done by mixing two cups of cool water with one tablespoon of dish soap and one tablespoon of common vinegar. Use a clean and white microfibre cloth to dab on the stain gently. Finish up with using a moist cloth to wash off the soap and a dry cloth to blot the area again.

Tougher stains require different techniques. Coffee stains can be removed using a baking soda and water paste. Let it sit for a few minutes and dab it off once ready.

If you’re trying to remove wine stains, use salt instead of the paste. Also, do a scraping motion instead of a dabbing motion in order to remove the wine stain more effectively.

In case any of those doesn’t work, we recommend using bleach as a last resort. There are specific bleach-cleanable fabrics such as certain yarn constructions, vinyl and polyurethane-based upholstery.

If your sofa isn’t bleach-cleanable, the “white” colour you will get from the bleach is unlikely to match the actual colour of your couch.

Red wine stains are tough to get out of a white couch, but it can be done!


Discolouration is a little harder to treat than stains. However, it can be prevented with the right form of maintenance! The colour of your sofa can change if it’s always exposed to sunlight.

To prevent this, regularly rotate your cushions to even things out. Make it a habit to pull the shades down as well whenever you’re leaving the room. Lastly, be careful when choosing the cleaning products you use on your couch. Always aim to use trusted and reliable brands!

Wipe Downs

Wiping down your couch with a microfibre cloth is another form of regular cleaning. This is recommended for sofas made from leather. Proper wiping involves the seats, frame, and cushions. For the best results, make sure to wipe your sofa weekly.


This type of cleaning can be done to deodorise and remove grime from your sofa. When you want to deodorise your couch, you’ll have to make a foam cleanser.

To do so, mix half a cup of mild laundry detergent with a quarter of a cup of water. Make sure to use an electric mixer to get the foamy cleaning paste needed for the cleaning process. You can adjust the stiffness of the paste by adding more water or powder.

Using a slightly damp cleaning rag, apply the foam to the entire sofa. You can rinse this off using another damp rag. Do everything in a dabbing motion in order to avoid spreading dirt. Lastly, finish off with a quick vacuuming session!

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is one of the easiest and most effective forms of cleaning for your sofa. Before you start, make sure that your sofa can handle both the water and the heat.

To begin, vacuum your sofa to remove any external dirt. Press the button and begin spraying the steam on the upholstery. Using the hose, vacuum up all of the moisture from the steam.

Focus on the pillows and cushions first before you steam clean the rest of the sofa! Air drying is recommended afterwards, however, it will also be effective to vacuum your sofa after steam cleaning.

Take A Breather

There you have it! You now have everything you need to know to keep your white sofa clean and beautiful. It’s a lot of work compared to other furniture, but with enough practice, you’ll realise that it’s not as hard as it seems. Sitting down and relaxing on your sofa is one of life’s most underrated pleasures, so it’s more than worth it!

You can balance out your time by relying on others to finish cleaning up the rest of your house for you. I recommend Maid2Match, a trusty cleaning service right here in Australia. Maid2Match offers a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee with its expert and experienced service. After cleaning up your couch, contact their professional cleaners, sit back, and relax!

About Author

Sophie Franklin

Sophie is the subject matter expert within Maid2Match. Most importantly though she is our biggest fan girl and generous in sharing what she knows.


About Author

Sophie Franklin

Sophie is the subject matter expert within Maid2Match. Most importantly though she is our biggest fan girl and generous in sharing what she knows.