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How To Clean A Couch Without A Vacuum Cleaner

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

how to clean a couch without a vacuum

Keeping your couch clean is essential not only for aesthetic reasons but also for maintaining a healthy living environment.

While vacuum cleaners are commonly used for cleaning couches, not everyone has access to one, just like steam cleaners. Don’t let that deter you!

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through effective methods to clean your couch without a vacuum cleaner.

Say goodbye to dust, dirt, hair, and crumbs, and welcome a fresh and inviting seating area.

Steps for cleaning a couch without a vacuum

  1. Prepare The Couch

  2. Beat the cushions removing dust and debris

  3. Brush it off (Dustpan and brush)

  4. Use lint roller magic

  5. Tackle individual stains

  6. Refresh with baking soda

For a full guide on how to do each of these steps, carry on reading.

1. Prepare the Couch

Begin by removing any cushions, throw pillows, or covers from the couch. This will allow you to clean all areas more thoroughly. Shake out any loose debris or dirt from the cushions and pillows outside, or give them a good pat to dislodge the dust.

2. Beat the Couch

Take a clean, sturdy broom or a similar tool, and gently beat the couch cushions, armrests, and backrests to dislodge embedded dirt and dust. Hold the cushions upright and hit them firmly on both sides to remove excess particles. Repeat this process for each cushion and cover both sides of the couch.

3. Brush It Off

Using a soft-bristle brush, such as a clothes brush or a scrub brush, lightly brush all surfaces of the couch. Start from the top and work your way down, making sure to brush along seams, crevices, and any areas that tend to accumulate debris. This process will help loosen and remove surface dirt, hair, and other particles.

4. Lint Roller Magic

A lint roller can be a highly effective tool for removing pet hair, lint, and fuzz from your couch. Roll the lint roller over the surface of the couch, paying extra attention to areas where hair tends to accumulate. The sticky surface of the roller will attract and lift the hair with ease. Replace the adhesive sheet on the lint roller as needed to ensure optimal performance.

5. Tackle Stains

For specific stains on your couch, create a DIY stain remover using household ingredients. Mix equal parts water and mild dish soap in a bowl or spray bottle. Dampen a clean cloth or sponge with the solution and gently blot the stain, working from the outer edges inward to prevent spreading. Be cautious not to oversaturate the fabric, and always perform a spot test in an inconspicuous area before applying the solution to the stain.

6. Refresh with Baking Soda (you don’t need a vacuum to remove)

Baking soda is an excellent odour absorber that can help freshen your couch. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the entire surface of the couch and let it sit for at least 15 minutes, or longer if possible.

This will allow the baking soda to absorb odours. Afterward, use a soft brush or cloth to gently rub the baking soda into the fabric. Finally, use a clean cloth or vacuum cleaner (if available) to remove the baking soda residue.

How to remove baking soda from couch without a vacuum?

Removing baking soda from your couch without a vacuum cleaner can be a monotonous task, but it can be done!

To do this:

  1. Remove the couch cushions and shake off the baking soda from them

  2. With a dustpan and brush, sweep underneath where the cushions go to remove the powder

  3. Brush off the armrests and anywhere else you find baking soda

  4. Spray a mild detergent on your sofa which will dissolve any remaining baking soda

  5. Go over the couch with a cloth to buff off the remaining powder

7. Allow Time to Air

After cleaning, it’s important to allow the couch to air dry thoroughly. Open windows or turn on a fan to facilitate airflow, which will help prevent musty smells and mould growth.

How do I remove dust from my couch without a vacuum?

Do you just have a lot of dust that you want to remove without a vacuum? Try simply using a white vinegar and baking soda mixture in a spray bottle. Spray it onto your couch and then you can simply wipe the dust away with a clean cloth.

This works by turning the dust into a solid mass rather than spre out particles which you can easily remove. People tend to use this method when they just want to freshen up their couches a bit rather than deep cleaning them.


Cleaning your couch without a vacuum cleaner is achievable with a little extra effort and the right techniques. By beating, brushing, using a lint roller, and addressing stains, you can effectively refresh your couch and remove dust, dirt, and other unwanted particles.

Remember to air dry your couch thoroughly after cleaning and consider implementing preventative measures to keep it cleaner for longer. With these tips, your couch will not only look great but also provide a clean and inviting space for relaxation.

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