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How Often Should You Vacuum your Couch? Solved!

Published by: Katherine Frame

How Often Should You Vacuum your Couch

We wouldn’t be surprised if you’d tell us that the couch is the dirtiest piece of furniture in your house. When you consider the amount of dirt, spills, grime, and dust it attracts regularly and the fact that you don’t clean it enough – it all makes sense. 

Hence, vacuuming your couch regularly becomes a necessity. Of course, there’s more to it, so let’s take a closer look at how often you should vacuum your couch…

Why do you Vacuum Your Couch? 

The answer to the above question is the same reason why your carpets should be vacuumed. The same debris and dust that falls on the floor make their way onto the couch. 

The funny thing is that the couch is sometimes dirtier compared to the floor. This is because we don’t vacuum it as often and because we are more likely to come into contact with it than with the floor. We often end up sitting on candy, dog feces, and several other items. All of these things that we get in contact with might end up on a couch that isn’t washed regularly, which further leads to a disaster. 

Dirty Couch

Not to mention all of the dog, cat, as well as a human hair that gets stuck on the couch. And then there’s the crumbs and sweets left behind, which attract bugs that then poop exactly where they feed. Moreover, the amount of dust mites that can accumulate on your furniture is insanely huge. 

When you realize all these issues, not vacuuming your couch regularly is a shame considering the advantages it provides, like: 

  1. Making your couch look clean & fresh
  2. Getting rid of allergens
  3. Extending your couch’s life 
  4. Getting rid of all sorts of unwanted smells

Cleaning the Couch: How Many Times Should You Clean the Couch?

In case you do not use your furniture much, you don’t need to clean on a regular basis and will be able to go a few months without using a vacuum cleaner. If you regularly use your furniture, then we recommend you to vacuum once every week, or whenever you clean your floor. 

You need not clean more frequently if you don’t have pets. You can clean the couch thoroughly once every year. 

Everyone has a go-to vacuum cleaner, and I’m confident the one you have in your home will suffice. Don’t forget to be sure to go through the care directions, and seek professional assistance if you have fragile furniture.

How to Properly Clean the Couch?

  1. First off, the seat cushions must be removed and placed on a fresh and clean surface. To stop them from attracting more dirt, don’t throw them on the floor. 
  1. Make sure to pick and discard any big debris that has accumulated around the interior of the couch. 
  1. Make use of the crevice attachment to vacuum the inside corners of your couch. This is the point where the seat bottoms meet the inner sides. To get the most suction strength, press down firmly on the surface. 
  1. Vacuum the back, sides, and don’t forget about the area which falls under the couch’s seat cushions. Vacuum them in a grid pattern, be sure to replace the tool named crevice with the upholstery attachment. This step might require you to also use the brush in case you end up collecting a lot of debris.
  1. Move towards vacuuming the seat cushions next. Clean all the cushion’s sides, and don’t miss the top as well as the bottom. Vacuum in a grid pattern. You can get your hands on a dry and clean brush to loosen dirt before you use the cleaner with the upholstery attachment in case you find any sort of spots. 
  1. Remember to clean the pillows! Work with the attachment in the grid pattern, and be careful around embellishments as well as fabric trims.
  1. Wipe off any rough surfaces and polish any wooden surfaces. While you’re busy doing that, take a look at the legs and ensure that they’re in good working order. In case your home has wooden floors, look underneath the legs and check that they aren’t scratching them. Felt pads and screws that have fallen loose should be replaced.
  1. Sweep the area to finish, then move on to the rest of the bed and the room. You’d be shocked to see the places where the debris would go!

Make Good Use of Attachments

To get the best results when vacuuming your upholstered couch, you’ll need to use various attachments on your vacuum cleaner. 

For simple vacuuming, use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment. If necessary, remove the cushions and work from top to bottom, left to right. After cleaning both sides of each cushion, return it to its original position. When washing delicate fabrics, remember to lower the suction level.

Leather Sofa

In case you have a leather couch, then you should go easy on the vacuum cleaner. Although some people choose to stick to using a microfiber cloth to clean their leather couch, the dust brush attachment of the vacuum cleaner with its soft brush tip works best on leather furniture and keeps your leather furniture clean.

Using the proper leather cleaner along with a protectant regularly has a lot to do with leather.

Sofa Cleaning Services by Professionals 

Vacuuming the upholstery regularly is important to keep it as clean as possible. However, getting it professionally cleaned is equally necessary. A decent time frame is once every year, but this applies only if you don’t have any pets or children in your home. 

If not, you should consider replacing your fabric sofa at least twice a year. This cleaning activity will ensure that your couch remains clean and fresh throughout the year.

Things to avoid

  1. A zippered cushion can be used in many styles of furniture. It is a common misconception that this cover is used for washing the cover; however, it is for fluffing. If you wash the cushion cover, it will shrink and become incredibly difficult to reattach. For this, always go through the care directions. 
  1. Fabric protecting sprays on new furniture is something that must be avoided because they can void certain warranties. 
  1. Using a lot of soap isn’t good for the fabric. 
  1. Avoid leaving your couch in an area where it may be wet. A couch can be ruined by so much water exposure, and chances are that it will never completely dry out.


By now, you may have a good idea about why regular upholstery vacuuming is crucial in a lot of aspects. Once you start doing it, you will notice a visible difference in your home in terms of looks, smell, and feel and your home will always remain in its most clean state. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will vacuuming my couch regularly result in any damage to the couch?

No, regular vacuuming will only keep your couch fresh and clean. Rather, it will extend its life.

How do I remove odors from the couch?

You can simply sprinkle baking soda on the couch and allow it to rest for at least 20 minutes before vacuuming it with a broom attachment. If you feel that it is not enough, then you should try mixing a cleaner for dry carpet with baking soda and just let it sit for about 20 minutes. Doing this will ensure that your couch ends up looking just like new.

What to look for in a vacuum cleaner for the couch?

You can get any good vacuum cleaner from the market that suits your budget. It is recommended to get one that is wireless, portable, produces less noise, and comes with a good warranty period.

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Katherine Frame

Katherine Frame is a professional writer and reviewer who worked in higher education for eight years before working on The Hardware Hub. She has written for multiple home magazines and blogs.

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