Whether you need to address a stubborn stain or just want to keep your sofa looking beautiful for as long as possible, the best source of information is your sofa's manufacturer. However, there are a few general tips to keep in mind when caring for and cleaning your sofa.
Caring for Your Sofa
If possible, rotate the cushions and pillows on your sofa every week for even wear.
For fabric upholstery, weekly vacuuming will keep your sofa fresh by removing any loose particles. Leather furniture should be dusted weekly with a soft cloth and treated with a conditioner every 6-12 months to keep it soft and lustrous.
Professional cleaning is recommended about once a year.
If fading is a concern (for both fabric and leather), take extra care to avoid placing your sofa in direct sunlight.
Cleaning Your Sofa
Sometimes, spot cleaning can cause a wet-looking ring or fading. It's always best to have the entire piece cleaned by a professional. However, if you decide to clean on your own, check the cleaning code on your piece of furniture. (This may be found in the packaging information, under a cushion, or on the bottom of the sofa.)
On fabric sofas, blot (don't rub!) spills as soon as possible with a clean, absorbent white cloth. Blot from the outside inward to prevent a ring from forming. If the upholstery fabric has a thick pile, you may try brushing the fabric with a stiff bristle brush. If you are going to treat a stain with a cleaning agent, test it ahead of time in a small, hidden area.
On leather sofas, most spills can just be wiped away. However, old stains can be treated with lukewarm water.
Slipcovers are the ultimate in keeping a clean sofa. Brush or vacuum your slipcovers at least once a month.
Machine-washable slipcovers can generally be washed in cold water and mild detergent. Remember to close all zippers before washing. Let the slipcover tumble dry on low until it is slightly damp.