You spend a lot of time on your sectional couch, so when an odor starts to develop, it can quickly make your life quite unpleasant. Fortunately, for those facing these issues, there are many solutions—even if they are not the source of the odor, sectional couch covers are an ideal solution.
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Get rid of visible stains on your couch by vacuuming or wiping it with a dry cloth. Also, make sure to clean between each cushion to pick up all the dirt and avoid any lingering odors.
Next, to remove embedded stains on your couch, you'll need:
By mixing baking soda and vinegar, you create a foam that you can then apply directly to the dirt or stains. Once applied, let it dry for about ten minutes before wiping away all that dirt.
You should end up with a beautiful, stain-free couch and, hopefully, no odors either! If that's not the case, keep the baking soda handy. You'll need it later in this process when we discuss cleaning solutions to bring that fresh scent back.
To keep your couch clean, sprinkle it with baking soda and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Some people recommend leaving the powder overnight before coming back in the morning. Once the allotted time has passed, vacuum using the brush and remove the residues.
You can try mixing baking soda with a carpet cleaner to get rid of the unpleasant odor. If you've struggled to get rid of the odor by leaving it for only 20 minutes, make sure, for the next application of this solution (or if you haven't had luck so far), to let it sit longer.
If you're not ready to give up on your couch yet, consider adding a few drops of essential oil. This will infuse the fabric with a more pleasant fragrance and help ward off new odors! But be careful, if there's already an unpleasant odor before applying these oils, they may mix, which could worsen the situation (or even be beneficial to someone else who has their own problem).
Vacuum up all the baking soda powder residues, then use a handheld steam cleaner to eliminate any remaining odors. Vacuum multiple times, at least 1 to 2 hours apart, to determine if they are really effective on your couch as well as on those who come out of it.
White wine vinegar is the easiest way to preserve your couch's smell. Dip a cloth in this vinegar and rub the areas where the odor is unpleasant, or use it as a masking agent if you haven't eliminated the problem yet! This costs almost nothing.
If you're looking for a way to bring freshness to your sectional couch, try this citrus trick. Squeeze the juice of a whole lemon and mix it with warm water in a 3/4-full cup until well blended before adding liquid or straining through cheesecloth (or a towel). Then gently dip either side of the fabric into the soapy mixture; wipe the areas to be cleaned in circular motions on all surfaces. You now have a freshly cleaned sectional couch.
The best way to get rid of the unpleasant odor lingering on your couch is to use a cover. It may be uncomfortable for some, but it will certainly work!
If you want to restore your couch to pristine condition, just wash it quickly. We have an article on how to clean and maintain your couch properly, which shows that coffee or red wine stains have no chance against our expert cleaning methods!
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