Good Questions: What is the Best Way to Clean My Couch?

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Dear AT,
What is the skinny on professionally cleaning your couch? How often? Are there different kinds of cleanings? I’m sitting on my first grown-up couch, and I want to make sure it doesnt age too quickly.
Thanks, Maryanne

Since we have a friend who just spent a ton on a designer couch and is now terrified of having anyone over, we totally sympathize with this question. But we don’t have much experience here. The first question, however, has to be “what is the material?” After that….. We found some things that might be helpful: CM fabric cleaning kit and this nice little advice column on the subject. Anyone else? MGR