Spills, stains and normal wear and tear can leave your upholstered furniture looking less than fresh. Should you clean it yourself or leave the job to the pros? That depends. Sometimes we make life way more complicated than it has to be. |
The easiest upholstery stains to clean are those that are treated while they are still fresh. The hardest to clean are grease and oil. Any very large stain may be best left to a professional. Some tips on increasing your chance of successful results:
In addition to our own contributions to needlessly complicating our lives, is the ever growing billion dollar cleaning product industry that bombards us with a continuum of "new & improved" cleaning solutions, cleverly advertised in allmedia, and the markets filled with all those choices.
Vacuuming the upholstery and upholstered furniture with brush attachments is an excellent way to remove dust, dirt, hair, dead skin cells, and dust mites. You should aim to do this once a week.
Another way to remove some of the dust and hair from your upholstery/upholstered furniture when you do not have the time to vacuum is to "brush" your furniture with a bristled brush.
It is easy to clean and maintain and does exactly what I need it to do. Use medium pressured strokes. Clean the brush after each cleaning session.
Quick wipings with an old clean wash cloth can help remove dirt and hair. Lightly wet the cloth. Ring it before using the cloth on the upholstery cleaning of upholstered furniture. Wipe the area down, paying extra attention to arm rests and head covers, as these areas will tend to be the most soiled. Allow to air dry by using a fan in the room and/or by opening a window.
Safe Act of Cleaning
The Only Cleaning Solution You Will Ever Need to Clean Upholstery
To Make This Homemade Safe Solution You Will Need:
2 1/4 cups of hot water (from the tap)
¼ cup of liquid dish detergent
1 mixing container
1 large mixing spoon or hand mixer
2 cleaning cloths (old clean wash cloths are fine)
1 towel (Designate an old clean towel as your "furniture cleaning towel". Wash and reuse it for next time.)
1 soft bristled brush
1 medium sized bucket/container filled with warm water (keep this water separate from the mixture)
1. Mix the 2 1/4 cups of hot tap water and ¼ cup of dish detergent in a mixing container. Using a large spoon or hand mixer, whip the mixture. You will know it is ready when you see a few dry suds.
2. Apply the mixture to the upholstery/upholstered furniture by dipping a cloth into the sudsy mixture and rubbing it onto the furniture.
3. Lightly scrub problem areas with a soft bristled brush after the mixture has been applied.
4. Wipe away any dirty suds with a clean damp cloth. Ring out the cloth and dip it into the bowl of clean water and continue cleaning the furniture.
5. Repeat if need be and make sure that you continue to rinse and ring out the soiled cloth before continuing the process.
6. Give the entire area one last wipe down with a clean wet cloth.
7. Using a dry clean towel, blot and wipe upholstery/upholstered furniture dry.
8. Open a window and/or turn on a fan to speed up the drying process.
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