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Needless to say after 4 years, 2 dogs and now a 1 year old it was looking a little sad. I have been meaning to rent a cleaner and take care of this for a while but then we started sippy cup training and it seemed pointless to clean it until she was a little better at it because our little girl is a tornado of mess and spills everywhere.
Well the other day I walked into the room after cleaning it from top to bottom (besides the couch) and found all that I could see was the nasty couch not the spotless room. If you fear dirty couches do not look at the following picture just close your browser now...
I know, its bad not just yuck but like what the heck happened to your couch?? I swear it got really back in like 2 days but regardless of what I tell you I am now judged. Hopefully nobody who personally knows me is reading this post...or maybe you more than anyone else would understand me :) Oh well, embarrassment aside lets clean this bad boy!
I had a lovely experience in an earlier post where I had to remove Pen ink from my couch thanks to the same lovely child of mine and had a super easy time getting it out so rather than going out and buying any chemical cleaner or renting a machine I thought I would try the same solution and it worked!
So here is all that you need:
Rubbing alcohol/Isopropyl Alcohol
Sponge or towels
Clean dish scrubbing brush
I already had all of these things which made me want to try this method even more.
Lets get started so your couch can never look like mine!
I started by vacuuming because I didn't want any hairs or excess dirt spreading around.
Then I used my spray bottle full of Rubbing alcohol to saturate the areas that I needed to clean...so basically the entire thing :)
I focused especially around the first foot or so in on the couch because that is where little hands reach easiest while she is playing on the floor and so those areas are extra scary.
After saturating it I took white towels to scrub out the dirt. I used white to make sure there isn't any color transfer to the couch. Better safe than sorry!
I kept switching to a clean part or new towel (sponge if that is what you are using) to make sure I was not just spreading dirt around.
After you complete all of the scrubbing let it dry completely. I picked a sunny day so it only took a few hours to fully dry. The reason that the Isopropyl alcohol works better than scrubbing with a water solution is that it evaporates more quickly therefore not leaving a ring or water mark.
Here is what my couch looked like after it dried and I vacuumed it again to revive the fibers. You can also use a clean/new white or tan dish scrubbing brush to rub the fibers back out to match the original texture. Whichever works for you!
I was thrilled with my results and even more shocked after at how dirty it really was but as Elsa has taught me after countless hours of Frozen "let it go" and so I will just be happy that it is clean!
I hope that you will have as much success as I did!
*I recommend doing a test section on your couch in a hidden spot to make sure that this method works for you before soaking your whole couch!*
Feel free to ask any questions or let me know if this technique worked for you!