Diligent maintenance of your sofa will keep it looking as good as new. When stains occur, clean them up immediately. Here are some cleaning solutions that you can use, depending on the material of your sofa.

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Clean with soap suds made from a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid. Wipe using only the bubbles of the mixture scooped onto the stain. This prevents over-wetting of the upholstery and reduces the possibility of water marks left by uneven drying.

Remove unsightly water stains by dabbing the area with a well-wrung new sponge moistened with room-temperature water. Once the leather is dry, treat with saddle soap to soften it or massage in couch conditioners to make leather supple. Always dilute the solution as most leather-cleaning products come in concentrated forms, which can damage the couch.

Microfibre is made of polyester and repels liquids easily, but stains may still occur if not maintained properly. React quickly to liquid spills by blotting with a soft cloth or paper towel. Gently remove the stain using mild soaps or a microfiber cleaner. As the fabric hardens after a wash, rub gently with an old toothbrush to soften it.