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Steam Cleaning A Couch

Deep clean your home using a Wagner steam cleaner! Learn how to clean the couches and upholstery for a fresh, clean look in your living room.



Every January I get the urge to deep clean my home. One thing that I think tends to get overlooked is cleaning couches and upholstered chairs. Upholstery harbors odors. Well, at least at my house with 4 boys and a dog it does! It also harbors all sorts of other things I'd like to not think about (like dust mites!). It is probably a good idea to sanitize your fabric couch every now and then.The easiest and best way to sanitize a couch is with a steam cleaner!



First thing you should do is vacuum the entire couch to get rid of any crumbs, pet hair, and loose dirt. If your couch has a strong odor, you can sprinkle baking soda on it and let it sit overnight. The baking soda absorbs most of the smell and it can then be vacuumed away.

vacuum couch before cleaning

Check Fabric Type

Not all couches can be safely steam cleaned. Genuine leather and some delicate fabrics should avoid being steamed. If you are not sure what type of fabric it is, or if your couch can be safely steamed, check the label. The care instructions should have a code indicating the type of cleaner that can be used. S for solvent, W for water, and an X means you can not safely use water.


Treat Stains

If you have any stains or spills, use the soft bristle brush attachment on the steamer to gently clean it off. The hot vapors will help loosen what is stuck. I move the stationary brush in a circular motion. Have a clean cloth handy to wipe away the mess. Stubborn stains may need to be addressed after the steaming process with a cleaning solution.

spot treat stains

Steam Clean!

I used the Wagner 915e Steam Cleaner to sanitize our couch. It is so easy to use! Fill the steam machine with water according to the instructions. Plug it in, turn it on, and wait for it to heat up. I used the attachment that the cloth pad fits on. Start steaming the couch. Work in small sections at a time until the entire couch has been cleaned.

steam cleaning couch

Occasionally check the cover on the end of the steamer and see if it needs to be replaced. If you don't have multiple cloth covers, you can use clean socks. Put a new cover over the steamer attachment as needed and move on to the next section of couch.

check cover

Since you used steam to clean your couch, not very much water was used. The couch should dry pretty quickly. Overall, it is a very easy and quick thing to do and will help keep your couch smelling nice and keep it sanitized.

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