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How To Bring New Life To Your Old & Tired Sofa

Buying new furniture is expensive and a hassle. It’s far easier to preserve and revive your current furniture instead. Many people rush to dispose of their sofas and upholstery chairs as they falsely believe they are damaged/worn-out beyond repair.

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Truthfully, couches do get dirty pretty quickly. People tend to lie on them barefoot, munching a packet of crisps, while binge-watching their favorite show. All to soon the couch is littered with crumbs and oil, giving the couch a distinctly oily look.


However, rarely, if ever, are sofas too dirty to clean. With a little bit of elbow grease, some spare time, and the right equipment, you can transform your old and worn out sofas and have them looking as good as new. Here are some expert tips & tricks on the best way to clean an old sofa:


  • Prep Your Couch: The first step is always to prepare the couch for a deep clean. This involves vacuuming down the sides for any crumbs and loose dirt. For this step, you can use a stiff brush or a mini-hoover. Also, wipe down the wooden frame with a wipe or damp cloth.
  • Deep Clean: Now’s the time to properly clean your furniture. Which method you use depends on the fabric of your couch. We use steam cleaning, dry cleaning, shampoo cleaning, and deep cleaning methods.
  • Target Stains: Some stains are so deeply embedded in the couch fabric, a regular cleaning method is not sufficient. Instead, you need to target these stains with couch cleaner solutions.
    • The best way to clean a fabric sofa is to use a vinegar based solution. Soak a cloth in the solution and scrub the stain are until all discoloring has been removed. Use a second cloth to apply clean water and remove the soap.
    • For leather upholstery, use an olive oil and vinegar based solution. You can make this yourself or buy a ready-made leather furniture cleaning spray.
    • For synthetic couches, it’s possible to use regular dish soap to spot-target and remove troublesome stains.

A few preventions tips:

Sometimes it’s easier to just keep your furniture clean in the first place. There a few common sense tips that will help you achieve this.


  • Treat stains immediately: Spilled your piping hot coffee on the couch? Don’t let it fester! The longer the stain remains, the more difficult it’ll be to clean. Treat all stains right away with the right solution. Better yet, avoid eating/drinking on the couch altogether. Invest in a coffee table and keep your feet away from the upholstery
  • Avoid sunlight:  Too much heat can affect your sofa’s durability. Position your couch so it’s not receiving direct sunlight all day.
  • Keep the room ventilated: Cooking odors and steam can speed up furniture wear and tear. Keep a window open, especially while cooking.



Sometimes, even your best efforts won’t be good enough. Some couches are so well-worn that a DIY job simply won’t cut it and you need to call in the experts, (it’s still a fraction of the cost of buying a new couch).

At Flat Rate Carpet, we pride ourselves on our ability to bring back old sofas from the dead. Here is a worn-out sofa in New Jersey which we made look as good as new using our tried and trusted methods. This sofa was so tattered and worn that the owner was about to throw it in the dump. Luckily, we persuaded him otherwise and needless to say, he was pleased with the results.

Removing Blood Stains from a Sofa

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Blood Stains on a Sofa – Upper West Side


People don’t tend to think about cleaning blood from our sofas until they face this scene. It usually comes as a side-effect of another stressful situation: an accident at home, a medical condition (nosebleeds are very common among children) or a female dog in heat. With more important things on your mind, it’s quite common to start cleaning after the blood is absorbed and you’re facing an ugly stain.


Why Should I Call a Professional?

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Upper West Side Sofa – After Cleaning

While blood type does not affect stain removal methods, it is crucial to know how your cleaning method impacts the type of your upholstery. A common cleaning agent may work perfectly with some fabrics and turn out to be destructive for other upholstery materials. This is why when doing-it-yourself you must check your detergent on a hidden spot.


Doing it Professionally

With more than 18 years cleaning upholstery, we have the capabilities to beat every spot and stain around. With blood stains, our cleaning method in hot water extraction. Our professional-grade heavy-duty machines are accurate and powerful, and our technician are seasoned enough to eliminate blood spots and stains without damaging your upholstery.


The Matter of Chemicals

Before Sofa Cleaning

Before Sofa Cleaning

It is important to keep in mind that household cleaning agents are chemicals nonetheless. Some of them are as strong as professional grade detergents. Do not use a cleaning solution if you don’t know its effects on your and your family’s health. Don’t mix cleaning agents, as they might not react well with one another. When in doubt, call a professional.


Going Green: a Better Deal for Everyone

After Sofa Cleaning

After Sofa Cleaning

Health issues aside, another downside of using chemicals for cleaning your home is the damage to the environment. Chemicals that go down the drain are a major polluter. This is why we only use non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning materials, assuring that both your family and our planet are safe and healthy. Look at this sofa we cleaned at an apartment at the Upper West Side and judge for yourself.


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How to choose the Right Sofa For you

Your sofa is the centerpiece of your living room. It’s where you spend most of your waking home hours, alone or with your family and friends, and where the most sociable aspects of your life happen. The right upholstery set can make or break the room and its vibe.

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Taking into account that a sofa will average a 7 years stance in your living room, picking the right one is will be something you want to think, research and understand before making the decision.

Here are some helpful tips for you to consider:


You need to fit the sofa to your living situation, space wise. For example, If you need to get it up the stairs, it should fit. More importantly, it should fill out the room but not take up too much space, avoiding a feel of crowdedness. Will your sofa be under window? Back up against the wall or in the middle of the room, so you need to consider how it looks in the back? all of these are necessary for you to get the perfect sofa.


The look and feel of the sofa is no less important than it’s size and proportions. though it is a comfort item, it also broadcast your sense of fashion and style, sometimes even the cornerstone of the design in a certain room – an item that sets the tone for the rest for the room.

Life style

Most importantly, in our eyes, it to match your sofa and all other upholstery to your lifestyle and inhabitants of the house. If you are a type of person that likes to relax by spreading an laing on it, you might want to go with something sofa, rounded, with no hard corners. If you have a family, you might not want a white sofa, or even a light colored one (depends on your kids naughtiness level).

In conclusion, think of your situation, real needs and wants, your budget – and only then, with that info go a head and find your perfect sofa.

Good Luck!