Neat Freaks Will Love This Swiffer Couch-Cleaning Hack

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Couches accumulate a lot of dirt and germs over time that might not be obvious to the naked eye. From the residue of body oils on the cushions to the food crumbs that falls into the crevices, they can get dirty fast and need to be cleaned frequently. The general rule of thumb for a fabric couch is to give it a thorough vacuum every week. If you're a neat freak looking for a deeper clean though, you can create a makeshift couch mop using a microfiber cloth, cleaning spray, and a Swiffer.

Ever since Swiffers came on the scene, they have made cleaning a bit easier. They are less labor-intensive than the traditional mop and have reduced the need for all the water it takes to use one, which is good for the environment. Apart from their intended purpose, there are also some unexpected things you can clean with a Swiffer, like hard-to-reach light fixtures, air vents, and couches, which you're about to learn more about.

How to do it

All you need to do is take the Swiffer, wrap it with a microfiber cloth, and spray the cloth with a couch cleaning spray of your choice. Then, go over the couch thoroughly. In this Instagram video, they use Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day multi-surface cleaner as the spray, but that's actually made more for non-porous surfaces like floors and counters. We recommend using a cleaning spray that was made for upholstery or the specific material you have. The Biokleen Bac-Out enzymatic stain and odor remover from Amazon is a good option. It's eco-friendly and can be used on rugs, carpets, and even when doing laundry. 

To tackle a specific stain, you can take a different Mrs. Meyer's product, like the Clean Day liquid dish soap from Walmart. Just mix it with distilled water to create a soapy foam, and dip the cloth in the mix before use. For microfiber cloths, you can get an eight-pack from Amazon. We recommend using white cloths because colored ones can transfer their dye to your couch. Combine a weekly dose of this Swiffer couch-cleaning hack with this upholstery steam-cleaning hack once every six months and your couch will stay fresh.