Upholstered furniture need deep cleaning from time to time in order to keep its good looking longer. Here you are the steps for deep cleaning of your upholstery, follow them and you will have it cleaned for no time.
At the beginning, remove the corners and the cushions of your upholstered furniture and proceed with vacuuming the surface and the sides with the special attachment of the machine. When doing your upholstery cleaning, always check the labels and the instructions of the manufacturer to know exactly how to clean it. There are a few cleaning solutions that are not recommended for upholstered furniture or some of their types. They contain substances which can damage the delicate upholstery fabrics. Then continue with removing the cushions.
When you choose the cleaning solutions you will use, don’t forget to test them at a small hidden area somewhere at the back of the furniture. If you notice fading, discolouration or shrinking of the materials that your upholstery are made of, don’t apply these cleaners on the furniture. For removing spots and stains, you can use a good spray appropriate for upholstery cleaning.
Prepare a mixture that consists of boiling water, 6 tablespoons of soap flakes and 2 tablespoons of borax. Mix thoroughly and wait until the mixture cools, then pour it in a large bucket and start applying it onto the upholstery with a rough cloth or a brush. Rinse the soap from the furniture with a clean damp cloth and let it dry under the heat of a fan.
How To Clean Upholstery
It is normal for most people to get attracted and fall in love with their furniture. No matter how big or small, simple or extraordinary, they feel a sense of connection every time they look at it or use it. One way to ensure that they last for a long time is by taking good care of them and having enough knowledge on how will keep them as good as new.
Household cleaning is not limited to cleaning certain rooms in the house. Remember to care for your upholstery as you have invested a great deal of money for all those plush and comfy couches, chairs or love seats. For example, when doing regular floor vacuuming you should remember to vacuum your upholstery as well. This may not be done on a daily basis, but once a week is a healthy timeframe for vacuuming your upholstery. It will be enough to remove surface soil and prevent it from becoming embedded in the fibers. However, if you want to keep your upholstery dust free every day, use a simple soft brush to whisk the dirt away. Whatever technique you choose, remember to be really careful not to cause damage to your furniture.
Caring for your upholstery is a guaranteed way of preserving your furniture. Regular dusting, vacuuming and rotating cushions weekly will maintain its beauty and help prolong its durability. Know the do’s and dont’s for your furniture. Check the tags for proper instructions and be aware of the material used for your upholstery. This way you would know what cleaning products and correct procedures you can apply to it. Silk, leather, lace, nylon, flannel or corduroy, each fabric requires different methods of caring and it is imperative that you find the best solution to keep them clean and in good shape.
Protecting your upholstery is another important thing. Avoid direct sunlight, as some fabrics may be very delicate and sensitive to light. Also, keep it safe from liquids that may cause spills and stains and from sharp objects that may leave holes or marks. Use only the right product when removing stains or a spotter if necessary. Do not hesitate to test the product first. Wrong formulas can be harmful on the material and can damage the texture of the fabric.
Furthermore, aside from regular cleaning and knowing the do’s and dont’s, it is advisable that you hire a professional upholstery cleaniner at least once every year that will completely check and determine whether your upholstery needs restoration and/or repair. Small damages that are sometimes by-passed by regular cleaning and checking may get worse when not treated properly by a professional.
Upholstery care is as simple as folding your clothes, brushing your hair, taking a bath everyday and visiting your doctor once a year. It requires your time and sometimes money, but once you make it a habit, it will not only make your furniture look elegant and durable but will make you feel better each time you see it.