It’s only normal for your upholstered furniture to get tired and dirty from use over the years. Dust, dirt, spills all contribute to the unsightly looks of your home furniture. After days of noticing unpleasant spills here and there, you may decide it’s high time to clean it. But hiring a professional to clean it can be quite expensive. So, in order to save some money you can clean it yourself.
Start with understanding more about your furniture. After all, you don’t work in shop or production facility that manufacture it. The easiest way to learn more is reading the care tag. In case it’s missing you can go through your manufacturer’s warranty or call the store you bought it from. Don’t commence any cleaning before you now for sure what type of fabric you have to clean.
Another useful tip is always to pre-test a cleaning solution. Test it on an inconspicuous area to make sure there is no adverse reaction.
Next remove loose debris and dust from surface with your favourite vacuum cleaner. Work around crevices and corners carefully. Use attachments to reach remote corners. You can also use a slightly damp cloth to wipe the surface and remove any dust or debris left.
Appropriate Cleaning Agents
There are numerous options on the market today. Manufacturers and retail stores provide you with a vast array of products. If you don’t want to spend hard earned cash make your own cleaning solutions. When using commercial formulas follow instructions on the label carefully. Always use warm water instead of hot as it may ruin your fabric. To make your own fabric cleaner follow this instructions:
- Mix a cup of warm water with half a cup washing liquid or laundry soap
- Stir/shake/mix until stubs form on top
- Rub stubs into furniture fabric with a clean cloth
- Take a spatula and scrape off dirty subs
- Now wipe with clean cloth and rinse
- Repeat several times for excellent results
Be careful not to over wet your coach.
Before you put cushions back make sure that the upholstery is completely dry. You can use a fan to speed up the process. Use only white cloths to avoid colour from them spilling onto your furniture fabric.
Leather furniture is quite expensive so you should better use only professional help when it comes to once a year cleaning. However, you can always use damp cloth and wipe dust and debris away.
Maintaining Your Upholstered Furniture
Well, for a start avoid eating while you watch TV or read a book. This way food and liquids won’t have the chance to spill and cause damage. Maintain a cleaning schedule with regular vacuuming as top suggestion to keep your upholstered furniture clean and tidy.