How To Disinfect A Couch (Fabric, Leather & More)

The couch is a central piece of most people’s homes and gets more use than most other furniture!

As such, it can, unfortunately, gather a lot of germs, bacteria and other nasty substances so it’s important to regularly clean & disinfect your couch (and couch covers) to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses.

This guide will show you the best ways to disinfect your couch to keep you, your home and your family safe and germ-free.

Disinfecting A Couch

Disinfecting A Couch

It is very tempting to just spray some bleach or any spray cleaner you might have lying around in your cleaning cupboard straight onto your couch.

While these products may be effective at killing germs, they could also damage your sofa, depending on the material it is made from. This article will be discussing the best cleaning solutions for all kinds of couches, sofas and lounges – based on the upholstery type. 

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First Step – Look At The Label 

Your couch should have a ‘cleaning code’ label that contains a code to guide you on how to clean it safely.

Vacuuming A Couch

You should vacuum your couch before spraying any cleaning agent on it. This will remove any loose dirt or debris that could be lingering and may get worse when a wet cleaner is applied. You must ensure you are vacuuming your couch using the right attachments, otherwise, you risk damaging the upholstery. 

Use the crevice tool to safely and easily get into small spaces like under cushions and armrests and then the upholstery attachment if you want to clean the back of your couch, cushions and other large surfaces. 

Brushing Your Couch

Brushing your couch is also an efficient way to get rid of any dust. If you don’t have a brush handy, you can use a sponge instead. Make sure you do not scrub too hard as this can scratch the fabric. 

It’s best to use a soft-bristled brush, or specific upholstery brush, to avoid any potential damage. You should also brush in the grain direction of the fabric.

Eliminating Germs On A Sofa

If your couch allows it, you can use a simple solution of water and soap to clean your sofa.

Simply mix some warm water and mild dish soap or laundry detergent into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle so the mixture combines, and you’re ready to start spraying. 

Work in sections, spraying the solution and then wiping at the damp area to get rid of bacteria and dirt. If your sofa has removable cushions, you can remove these and spray them separately. 

Once you have covered the whole sofa, let it air dry for a few hours. It is best to open the windows close by to do this. 

How To Disinfect A Fabric Couch With Vinegar

How To Disinfect A Fabric Couch With Vinegar

Vinegar is another great way to disinfect your couch (and disinfect your carpets while you’re at it). It’s a natural product that kills germs and bacteria quickly. 

Mix equal parts vinegar and water together in a spray bottle. Stand around a foot away from your couch and spray the solution over the surface. Make sure you are reaching all the little corners and crevices of the couch. 

Once you have covered the whole sofa, let it sit for half an hour and air dry before adding any of the cushions or blankets back on. 

Disinfecting A Leather Couch

Leather couches are very durable, but they can still become dirty and unsanitary if left uncleaned. 

Depending on the cleaning code, you can use one of the disinfectants listed above to clean it as you would any couch. After that, you can use a leather cleaner to help restore the look of your leather furniture. Simply apply the cleaner to a cloth and rub the spot where the stain appears.

Let the liquid sit for about 10 minutes, then rinse the spot with hot water. Repeat this process until the stain disappears.

You can also use a leather conditioner to soften and protect the leather. Apply the conditioner to a lint-free towel or microfiber cloth and gently work it into the leather. Leave the leather alone for several minutes, then clean it with a fresh towel.

You can also use the water and vinegar method to clean a leather sofa – again if the cleaning code allows it. Simply combine the water and vinegar in a spray bottle, and use a sponge or cloth to wipe the sofa down.

Use a towel to wipe off the residue when you are done, and allow it all to air dry. 

How To Disinfect A Microfiber Suede Couch 

Microfiber suede couches are popular choices for many people. They are easy to maintain and clean, but they can sometimes develop stains like any couch. We can’t stress enough that before cleaning, be sure to look at what cleaning code the label has. 

If there is a ‘W’ on it, then you can combine some water, dish soap, and baking soda into a spray bottle and spray the sofa to disinfect it. 

If there is an ‘S’ on the label, then mix some water with some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. Spray this mixture onto the sofa, and wipe at it with a sponge or cloth as you go. 

No matter which mixture you have used, let the sofa air dry and then use a soft brush to brush on the sofa lightly. This will freshen up its fibers. 

Sanitizing a Polyester Couch

Polyester couches, as you might imagine, are made out of polyester fiber. These couches are usually more affordable than other types of couches and generally quite robust.

If the sofa permits it, mix water and vinegar with some laundry detergent in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the sofa, and once covered, wipe it down with a soft cloth.

Again, once you are finished, use a soft brush on the sofa to loosen the fibers. 

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    High Torque cleaner head intuitively adapts to any floor type in Auto mode
    The Integrated LCD screen displays an active countdown timer and the machine's performance in real-time
    The Digital motor inside the V11 delivers 40% more suction power than the Previous Dyson V8 cord-free
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Nutricost Baking SodaNutricost Baking Soda
  • 2 pounds of baking soda per bottle
  • This high quality powder can be use for baking. cooking, and even toothpaste!
  • Great for deodorizing - try in the fridge, garbage cans, carpets and more!
  • Use for cleaning - pools, kitchen sinks, pots & pans, bathroom tubs, and much more!
  • Gmo free, gluten free, third party tested
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  • Distilled white vinegar for cooking and household cleaning
  • Hotel and restaurant quality
  • Reduced with water to 5% acidity
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Dr. Bronners - Pure-Castile Liquid SoapDr. Bronners - Pure-Castile Liquid Soap
  • Made with organic oils & certified fair trade ingredients: dr. bronner's pure-castile liquid soaps a
  • Good for your body & the planet: dr. bronner's liquid soaps are fully biodegradable & use all-natura
  • No synthetic preservatives, detergents, or foaming agents: our liquid soaps are made with plant-base
  • 3x more concentrated than most liquid soaps: dilute! dilute! multiple uses for just one product: lau
  • Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles: dr. bronner's is diverting discarded plasti
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Tolco High-Quality Spray Bottle - 8 oz.Tolco High-Quality Spray Bottle - 8 oz.
  • Tolco empty spray bottle 8 oz. frosted assorted colors
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  • Item package dimension: 7.11cm l x 16.51cm w x 18.03cm h
  • Item package weight: 5.6 oz
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  • Ultra soft material & scratch free - ultra soft and highly absorbent microfiber cleaning cloths, gre
  • Absorbent & lint free - made of 85% polyester, 15% nylon. these non-abrasive cleaning rags can soak
  • Tackle versatile cleaning jobs - these premium microfiber towels are also perfect dish rags which do
  • Reusable & long lasting - these microfiber towels feature high quality stitching with reinforced edg
  • Mr.siga's mission: make your housework easier, and make the world cleaner. should you have any quest
Check Latest Price
Rubbermaid Commercial 2.5 Gallon BucketRubbermaid Commercial 2.5 Gallon Bucket
  • Heavy-duty thick wall construction.
  • Strong handle makes for easy transportation.
  • Great for janitor's closets, factory environmental services and more.
  • Molded-in spout makes pouring easy and accurate.
  • 10.5 inches long by 10.5 inches wide by 10.25 inches high. 1.19 pounds. made in the usa.
Check Latest Price
Leather Honey Leather ConditionerLeather Honey Leather Conditioner
  • Powerful leather conditioner: leather honey penetrates deep to protect new leather and rejuvenate dr
  • Restore all types/colors of leather: soften leather furniture, moisturize leather car interiors & pr
  • Family-owned, american-made, specially formulated: for over 50 years, we have been making the best l
  • A little goes a long way: to apply, put a quarter-size drop of leather honey conditioner on a leathe
  • Unlimited 100% satisfaction guarantee: our small family business has millions of happy customers. if
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Final Thoughts 

When you’re in the midst of your normal cleaning routine, don’t forget to clean and disinfect your couch, sofa or lounge!

Most of us spend a lot of time on this piece of furniture so it is best to clean your sofa at least once every few weeks. 

Check the label beforehand, and choose the most appropriate cleaning method for your upholstery.

Happy cleaning!

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