Arm rests are an essential part of every sofa. Depending on what material they are made from there are a couple of ways to deal with the sofa cleaning. Here is what you should have in mind when you decide to take care of sofa armrests.
Vacuuming the armrests
First, begin with vacuuming the armrests completely. Depending on the care label you can proceed with using different solvents.
Here is a short description of what each label means:
W- this means that you can use water based solvents on the fabric
S – means that you should avoid using water based solvents. Instead turn to using a non-water based solvent. Dry cleaning is also a good idea for this
W/S- you can use either a water based or a water free solvent. Again dry cleaning is a good idea.
X- Nothing but vacuuming is allowed for this kind of fabric
Make sure not to use anything else if the tag is an X as this may result staining the sofa even further.
Test before cleaning
Before proceeding with the actual cleaning test the solvent on a small non-visible spot. That way you will determine if the said solvent will get the job done. If you spot a loss of colour then do not use that solvent as it will damage it even further.
Cleaning at its finest
Now depending on the label proceed with the required cleaning solvent. If there is gum stuck on the armrest you can use some ice to harden it up. After it has hardened up as needed continue with scrubbing it away from the armrest.
For spot cleaning the armrests place a small amount of the solution on the spot. Keep in mind while doing this and try to not over saturate the fabric. If there are ink or water stains on the fabric then consider rubbing alcohol on it. This should get the job done. If there is some spilled wax put a paper tower above it. Alternatively, you can use some cloth for the job. Then with an iron heat, it up. Then use a clean white cloth to wipe away the remaining wax. Or you can use ice again to harden up the wax. When it is hard to use a knife to scrub it away.
Smelly arm rests are taken care by applying baking soda mixed with water. Place it on the spot and wait until it dries out. When that is done use a vacuum machine to suck out the remaining residue. If you need professional cleaning help, feel free to contact our experts.