How to Clean a Couch, Including the Upholstery and More

In many ways, your couch is the heart of your home. Think about it this way: It’s the place you and your loved ones gather to complete jigsaw puzzles, catch up after a long day’s work, and binge Netflix show after Netflix show. Because of this, your couch is also the catch-all spot for chip crumbs, popcorn kernels, and occasional wine spills.

While vacuuming or wiping down your sofa may tackle day-to-day dirt and pet hair, you should bust out your fabric steamers and cleaners if you really want to get rid of set-in stains, spills, and oils from grimy hands and feet. Every six months or so, follow this step-by-step guide on how to clean a couch — no matter what kind of fabric it may be — by Carolyn Forte, Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, to make your living room ready for another jam-packed weekend of movie-watching.

How to Clean and Sanitize a Couch

Whether you’re trying to tackle a specific stain on a cushion or want to give your entire couch a biannual refresh, give this easy how-to a try:

  1. Use a handheld garment steamer or bursts from your steam iron to kill

New board leadership for Gift for Life

Gift for Life, a charitable organization that unites the gift and home industry, is now under new leadership, following the election of new officers. As part of the regular transition, Cole Daugherty takes over as chair of the board, replacing Matthew Katzenson who served in that role since 2017, and Ari Lowenstein is the newly elected vice chair.

“Food insecurity will be our special emphasis for the year ahead, and we are prepared to expand our reach and fundraise in innovative ways.” – Cole Daugherty, GFL chair

Cole Daugherty, GFL chair

Cole Daugherty is a veteran member of the gift and home industry and long-standing member of the Gift for Life board, serving as co-chair for its marketing & communications committee since 2006 and as its vice chair since 2020. Daugherty joined Dallas Market Center in 2002, and currently serves as senior vice president of marketing communications.

“I look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Gift for Life board of directors in order to leverage our industries’ best qualities to raise funds for those among us with the least,” Daugherty said. “Food insecurity will be our special emphasis for the year ahead, and we are prepared to expand our reach