Cotton, similar to linen, is a natural fiber which comes from the cotton plant. It’s soft against the skin, making it an excellent fabric choice. Unfortunately, the more natural the fabric (100% cotton), the more difficult it is to clean. A quick way to remove dust and debris from cotton or cotton-blend pieces is to take your couch cushions outside and give them a nice pat down. You’ll be amazed at how much cleaner and brighter the fabric becomes with just that simple task. For spot cleaning, use a little simple dish soap and water to create a soapy solvent and lightly dab the area that needs cleaning until it fades away. Of course, always adhere to manufacture cleaning directions as some cotton-blends may require more specific cleaning instructions. Here’s another quick tip: sprinkle baking soda on your cotton sofa, and the next morning vacuum it up. You will find that your sofa will smell fresh and look brand new again.