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Looking after your upholstery is essential if you want to keep it in good condition. If you don’t keep your upholstery clean, you’re highly likely to find that it soon starts to lose much of its charm – and nobody wants tatty upholstery cluttering up their living room. The trick, then, is to clean your upholstery on a regular basis. You might think that it’ll take professional help to keep your upholstery looking clean and fresh, but that’s actually not the case. DIY upholstery cleaning is relatively simple once you’ve got the hang of it, and it should go without saying that cleaning your upholstery yourself could well save you a lot of money.
If your upholstery is starting to look a little shabby and is in need of a good clean, here are a few suggestions you might want to bear in mind when attempting to do the job yourself.
Choose the right method
First of all, you need to take care to choose the right method for your upholstery. Different fabrics need to be taken care of in different ways – there’s no one-size-fits all solution. This is why you need to make sure you check the label usually found on the furniture itself. This will offer you some indication of how to keep your furniture clean without inadvertently damaging it. If you can’t find a label on your furniture, however, then your best bet is to test a cleaning solution in a part of the upholstery that people aren’t likely to notice. That way, if it does damage the fabric – either by shrinking or discolouring it – you at least won’t have any problem hiding it from view.
Cleaning upholstery using steam or hot water extraction is simple. You will, however, need the appropriate machinery – and once you’ve got that, all you need to do is attach an upholstery wand and you’re away. Just apply the wand to the fabric and once each small section is completed just extract excess moisture by making several dry passes over the affected area. Make sure you remove loose cushions from the upholstery before you start, so you can clean them separately later.
For hand shampooing, you’ll need a sponge, a bucket and a number of cloth towels as well as a chemical-free upholstery shampoo suitable for hand-cleaning upholstery. Start by cleaning the body of the upholstery, applying the suds in a circular motion. Use a cloth to dampen down each section of the fabric once it’s been cleaned, but be careful to avoid rubbing the upholstery as this can cause lasting damage.
- Fabric Upholstery – Combine 1/4 cup white vinegar, 3/4 cup warm water and 1/2 tablespoon of natural liquid soap, such as Castile soap, in a spray bottle.
- Leather Upholstery – Measure 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup white vinegar into a spray bottle.
- Synthetic Upholstery – Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 cup warm water in a spray bottle, for use on plastic, nylon and synthetic leather upholstery. If the furniture is badly soiled, add 1/2 tablespoon of natural liquid soap
Take a sponge and dip it in the dry-cleaning solution – you’ll find that unlike shampoo, dry-cleaning solution don’t create suds. As with hand-shampooing, apply the solution to the fabric in a circular motion. Again, use clean cloths or towels to blot the solution after you’ve applied it to each individual section. You should also take care to ensure that the room is well-ventilated when you’re using the solution.
Thank You so much Tom for these fantastic tips.
What environmentally friendly upholstery products do you use when cleaning your upholstery?