Keeping a clean home isn’t the easiest task to complete, especially when you have young children and pets running around. The minute you pick something up or organize a room, someone’s coming in behind you to undo it. Aside from trying to keep up with all cleaning tasks, you also have to learn how to clean specific items in the house.
For example, you wouldn’t use any cleaner on a natural wood surface, and you can’t use any type of cleaning method to clean your upholstered furniture either. When cleaning upholstery, you’ll need to use the right cleaning products and tools to ensure you remove the dirt without causing damage to the fabric.
Don’t make cleaning the home any harder on yourself. Continue reading below for a guide on how to clean upholstered furniture with ease!
Read the Manufacturer’s Care Instructions
Before doing anything, before even reading the next cleaning tips on this guide, be sure to read the manufacturer’s care instructions for each specific piece of upholstered furniture you own. Keep in mind that the care instructions for one furniture item might not be the same for another.
Read these instructions thoroughly and follow them step by step. This is the best way to prevent damages to your furniture from the cleaning process. After you’ve read the instructions, you can then take into consideration the following tips.
If there aren’t any care instructions, you can try to search for the manufacturer online or give them a call.
Create a Vacuuming Schedule
When it comes time to actually scrub and clean the furniture, you’ll make it easier on yourself by creating a vacuuming schedule and sticking to it. Dirt and other debris will find it’s way onto your furniture throughout the week. You might not notice at first, but if you let your furniture go for quite some time without removing this dirt and debris, you’ll begin to notice stains and worn down areas.
Vacuum at least once a week to keep debris from settling into the fabric, making the cleaning process difficult. Be sure to sure the different tools on the vacuum properly. You should use the brush accessory for vacuuming the top of the furniture.
Use the thin tool to get into the sides of the couch or chair and other hard-to-reach places.
Act as Soon as Possible
Aside from vacuuming once a week, you’ll want to be on the lookout for new stains as well. As soon as a spill or mess happens clean it. If you allow it to sit on the furniture, then it’ll set into the upholstery.
You want to remove the stain or spill as fast as possible to prevent it from reaching deep into the fibers and resting there, making it difficult to remove. Purchase an upholstery cleaner and have it ready to tackle any messes as soon as they happen.
Remove Stains First
Before cleaning the entire piece of furniture, you should take extra time to focus on any stains. You’ll want to work these out first before cleaning the piece as a whole. For fresh spills, take a cloth and blot the stain as much as possible.
Try to get out as much of the stain that you can with the cloth. If the spill is an oil-based spill, such as mayonnaise, then try to remove most of it by scraping it off using a credit card or something similar.
Solids that dried onto the upholstery can be removed using a brush with soft bristles. If the entire stain doesn’t lift off of the upholstery, this is okay. Do your best to remove as much as you can.
If the upholstery can be cleaned using a water-based solution, then you can combine warm water and a few drops of dish soap in a bowl. Mix it up until soap suds form. You can then take a sponge or cloth, dip it in the mixture, and spot clean the furniture.
Don’t soak the sponge or cloth in the water. Only use a small amount and only use water if the care instructions allow it.
Keep Baby Wipes Nearby
Baby wipes are a great cleaning tool to have nearby in case of sudden spills or other messes. Baby wipes have just the right amount of soap and water. They’re great for cleaning certain upholstered furniture pieces because they won’t allow too much moisture to enter the fabric.
A few fabrics that baby wipes will clean well are polyester, cotton, and leather. When an unexpected spill happens, you can quickly grab a baby wipe and wipe it clean. You won’t have to worry about creating a cleaning solution.
Dap the area and try not to rub it or push the stain out further. Once you get the most of it out using a baby wipe, you can then tackle the rest of the stain using a solution.
Conduct a Gentle Cleaning
When you’re ready to do a complete cleaning of the furniture piece, be sure not to use rough cloths, and don’t use too much water. Don’t try to scrub the stain out either. You should use an upholstery cleaner made from the type of fabric you’re cleaning and allow it to set into the fabric before blotting it clean.
Use a microfiber cloth to clean the furniture with as it’s gentle and will absorb moisture well. Another idea to consider is having a professional service come in to clean your upholstery for you. Having a professional cleaning done on a regular basis is a great way to ensure your furniture stays in great shape.
How often should upholstery be cleaned? Having it cleaned once a year is a good schedule to follow. If you have young children or pets in the house, then you should consider having it cleaned more often.
Clean Your Upholstered Furniture the Right Way
Upholstered furniture must be cleaned with great care to ensure no further damage is caused to the fabric. Use the information given in this guide above to keep your upholstery clean and in great shape!
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