cleaning polyester couch

How To Clean Polyester Couch

Saskia Rose Perron-Jansen

Saskia Rose

November 02, 2023

What Is Polyester

Let's start our journey by understanding what polyester is and why it could be the perfect couch fabric choice for you.

Polyester is the common name for any textile created using polyester yarns or fibre. The technical name is polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which indicates a man-made polymer synthetic fabric. That sounds like a mouth full, but basically polyester fabrics are a kind of super durable plastic textile.

Is Polyester Couches Eco-friendly

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As polyester is a synthetic fabric made from petroleum products, it is not biodegradable. While it is not broken down by natural processes, it is 100% recyclable. Being a non-biodegradable fabric means that the polyester fabric is extremely durable and will not deteriorate quickly with age.

The furniture manufactured and sold by Transformer Table, is Eco-Conscious, with a solid wood structure sourced from responsibly managed forests, where trees are planted as they are felled.

If you are looking for an eco-friendly option, Transformer Couch is a great choice.

Pros And Cons Of A Polyester Couch

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- The characteristics of Polyester fabric fibre are long, lightweight and has stable polymers that make it very durable and resilient. A perfect material to use for high-wear coaches like pet sofas.

- It holds its structure well and doesn't easily stretch out or deform. Even after extensive use, it will bounce back to its original shape and continue to look as good as new.

- Polyester couches are easy to clean as the high quality material has a natural resistance against mold and mildew buildup. This is ideal if you live in a humid climate.

- High-quality Polyester, as used to manufacture Transformer Couches, is stain, water, heat, light and chemical resistant. This translates directly to the longevity of the material.

- It is more cost effective than natural fibre if you are on a budget. Not only the initial cost, but also the maintenance and cleaning. Wipe the entire surface of your polyester sofa down with a damp cloth or put the removable cushion covers in the washing machine and they are as good as new!

- Polyester doesn’t wrinkle as easily as cotton, so no need to worry about unsightly creases. Simply machine wash your replaceable couch covers, hang out to dry and you are good to go.


- Due to the nature of the material, polyester upholstery is not as breathable as natural fibres like cotton, linen, or wool. This means it doesn’t absorb sweat and body odour as well. In tropical conditions, it might feel hot and clingy.

There you have it! Polyester is a durable fabric that doesn't deform. It is resistant to most conditions daily life throws at it, easy to clean and it is cost effective!

Is A Polyester Couch Good For Pets

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Most of us can't imagine life without our four-legged family companions, but they can take a toll on our furniture.

As they use their coats to regulate body heat, shedding and pet hair on your sofa is a reality. Cats enjoy kneading to mark their territory, or just make that perfectly comfortable spot. Dogs run and jump with pure joy when their favourite human returns home. Couple that with muddy paws or a puppy with itchy gums and they could destroy your favourite sofa.

Fortunately, you do not have to invest in a huge couch that takes up too much space and replace it every few months. With the right upholstered furniture, with a good strong base, we can share cuddles and love, without forfeiting hygiene, comfort and the longevity of our furniture. A pet friendly Small Modern Sectional Couch might just be the answer you've been looking for!

Polyester furniture ticks all the boxes for an amazing pet sofa. On a weekly basis, the cleaning process is as effortless as removing pet hair with a soft brush or clean cloth. A vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment makes it easy as pie to remove pet hair.

Worried about getting rid of stains? Don't be. High-Quality polyester sofas are naturally stain resistant. A wipe down with a cloth and warm water is good enough to get rid of normal stains. For a stubborn stain, take off the removable covers and machine wash.

Daily use, jumping, playing or just sleeping on the same couch, might lead to premature couch fatigue. When buying a couch that you and your pets will share, consider the strength and durability of the sofa structure as well as the couch cushions. A top-quality couch structure, preferably solid wood, will maintain its rigidity and comfort for years.

Any furniture, but especially pet couches, need to have a high level of versatility to adapt to you, and your pets' needs and changes. With 100% high quality, stain resistant polyester modular couches, you can simply expand a particular couch to accommodate another pet. You can also change the color of the entire couch by simply changing the replaceable covers.

The Transformer Modular Couch range offers the perfect solution for you, whatever your pet couch needs might be. It features a fully modular sectional sofa that can be rearranged into endless configurations to suit any space. Each component is modular to create infinite possibilities for shape & size. Plus, it is made using 100% high quality, stain resistant polyester with cushion covers that are all removable and interchangeable, so you can change the coulor of your couch at any time. The structure is made of solid wood, while springs, zippers and connectors are made of steel. All padding is made of a blend of high density foam and polyester fibre for ultimate comfort. By considering the Advantages of Multifunctional Furniture, you never need to settle when it comes to furniture. One solution with endless possibilities is all you'll ever need.

What To Keep In Mind Before Cleaning A Polyester Couch

There are a few things to keep in mind before cleaning a polyester couch to ensure the cleaning process is effective, efficient and doesn't damage the fabric. You can find a few very helpful tips on WikiHow, but here let's start having a look at the following:

Firstly and most importantly, always check the couch tag for a cleaning code, giving you the manufacturer's care recommendations and instructions for cleaning your couch. One polyester couch could have a specialized fabric that requires dry clean only, while the next have removable covers that you can machine wash.

Secondly, should you try a solvent based cleaner, try it on an unnoticeable area first, to see how the fabric reacts to the solvent cleaner. Should the cleaner have an adverse effect, this will help avoid damage or discoloration on the visible parts of the couch. If you are not sure of the potency of your solvent, water down your mixture for an initial test and see how it performs.

Blot stains and spills should be taken care of immediately. Blot spills instead of rubbing, which could embed the stain further.

After a water cleaning, allow adequate time for the fabric to dry completely before use.

By keeping the above in mind, you can keep your polyester couch clean, fresh and looking like new for a long time.

How Often Should You Clean A Couch

Life can be unpredictable, with a few unexpected surprises every now and again. The best way to plan your couch-cleansing activities, is to break it up into quick, weekly cleaning and a quarterly deep clean. When accidents and spills happen, we need to jump on it and handle it quickly to avoid damage, but for the most part a quick cleaning solution will be just fine.

Quick Clean

Depending on how often you use your polyester couch, or whether you share it with your family pet, will have an impact on how often we need to give it a quick once-over. You can easily slot in a quick clean as part of your weekly cleaning routine.

Deep Clean

Every 6 months, or when spills, stains or muddy paws call for it, a deep cleaning might just be the thing to refresh and rejuvenate your polyester couch. Deep cleaning will restore the freshness and vibrance of your polyester couch, turning it into an inviting and comfortable lounge feature once again.

How To Clean Polyester Couch

Bowl of popcorn on a couch

A quick clean can be as simple as using a lint roller or a clean cloth to remove dust and pet hair. Should you have a vacuum cleaner on hand, use the vacuum's upholstery attachment and make light work of it.

Even a deep clean does not have to take ages or break the bank. We can start by a quick clean, removing any loose debris, hair and dust with a dampened sponge, or soft brush. Stubborn stains or spots can be pre-treated with a mild detergent or using solvent cleaning. (Remember to test it on an unnoticeable area first, to see how the fabric reacts).

Next, go through the manufacturer's care instructions for the most efficient and effective cleaning method.

Transformer Couch fabric covers are machine-washable for easy cleanup. Simply follow these washing instructions to keep them looking brand new for many years to come: 

• Wash inside out

• Machine wash with cold water

• Wash with similar colours

• Do not bleach

• Do not tumble dry 

• Do not iron

• Do not dry clean

Steam cleaning could help eliminate embedded stains and grime without damaging the fabric. Please make sure you allow sufficient drying time in a well ventilated area, before using your polyester couch.

Following the above quick, easy and cost effective steps will help you get the most out of your favourite polyester couch, and preserve the high level of comfort, style and luxury you've become accustomed to.

Cleaning Solution, Tips And Tricks

When we think of ways to clean polyester furniture, most of us imagine a professional cleaning service for the job, when in fact, we can easily and effectively handle most cleaning needs with ease (and by using every-day household items).

Dab, Don't Rub

When you have a spill on your polyester couch, use a clean cloth and dab, rather than rubbing the spot. Dabbing will absorb most of the spill to your clean cloth, where rubbing could work the stain further into the fabric, creating a stain that will be much harder to remove.

White Vinegar

Due to its acidity, vinegar is a great option to remove slightly more stubborn stains. Simply make a solution containing 1 part vinegar, 1 part dish-washing soap and 1 part warm water. The vinegar will soften the stain, while the soap helps lift and rinse the goop.

Lemon Juice

Is your favourite couch smelling a little funky? Lemon eliminates odours and gives your furniture a clean, fresh scent. It also has whitening properties, so make sure you dilute it with water before applying.

Baking Soda

Another great way to get rid of bad odours is by sprinkling baking soda generously over your couch. Vacuum is up after 30 minutes. Baking soda is amazing at neutralizing all kinds of bad smells, from wet dog to old ketchup stains.

Laundry Detergent

When stains, smells and grime are turning your favourite polyester couch into a thing of nightmares, don't start shopping around for a costly replacement. Simply remove your Transformer Couch covers, turn inside out and machine wash with your usual laundry detergent. All fabric covers are easily removable and interchangeable. The drying process is as easy as hanging the covers out, wait until they are completely dry and place it back on your couch.

Steam Clean

Steam cleaning is a great way to clean your polyester couch fabric because it uses high-temperature steam to break down and lift dirt, grime, and stains from the polyester fibres. The hot steam helps to loosen and dissolve the particles trapped in the fabric. This is the same process as harsh chemical cleaners, but unlike chemical cleaning agents, steam cleaning has no potential of damaging your polyester couch material.

Steam penetrates the fabric, reaches deep into the fibres and removes embedded dirt and bacteria. The high heat also kills germs, providing a scrupulous and hygienic cleaning. It is a gentle process that doesn't involve vigorous scrubbing or a chemical reaction other cleaning agents might have. This reduces the risk of weakening or ruining the polyester fabric.

Overall, steam cleaning leaves polyester couches looking refreshed, clean, and odour free, making it an excellent choice for maintaining and extending the life of your furniture.


That’s it! You now know how to clean a polyester couch like a pro. Just remember to vacuum regularly, blot spills immediately to control and remove stains, and do a thorough clean once in a while using a mild detergent or every-day household items. With these suggestions, you’ll be able to keep your sofa looking brand new and smelling fresh as daisies for years!