DIY (Do it Yourself) Upholstery Cleaning

One of the best ways to keep costs down and keep a clean home is to learn to clean your upholstery. Most household surfaces are easy to clean, with the biggest exception being your upholstery. Depending on the material, there are many different ways of keeping your upholstery clean, and it’s important to learn these different strategies to keep a clean home.

You may think that dust only accumulates on your hard or smooth surfaces, but did you know dust will also settle on your upholstered furniture? It is important to clean your upholstery regularly, at least once a month, in able to keep settled dust from accumulating on your upholstered furniture. One of the most important tools in upholstery maintenance is your vacuum cleaner. Using an attachment such as an upholstery brush can help you reach into those hard to reach crevices in your sofas and chairs, and allow you to remove dust and dirt particles which could attract insects.

Using arm covers and headrest covers can greatly reduce the dirt and oil found on your upholstery. Your hands, arms, neck, and hair all carry oils and dirt that can soak into your upholstery and cause staining. These stains can be difficult to get out of certain fabrics, so taking preventative measures to keep your furniture clean can help you save money and time in the future. In extreme cases, it may be wise to keep towels or blankets handy to cover chairs or sofas if people who might be sitting on them are carrying extra dirt or soil from outdoor activities or during the hotter months of the year.

One of the easiest ways to clean your own upholstery is to use commercial upholstery shampoos and special machines, either purchased or rented, used to shampoo and steam your upholstery. However, if you would like to save money and use your own methods of upholstery cleaning without renting expensive hardware and using chemicals, there are some options available.

You can use ordinary liquid dish soap and warm water to blot stains from your non-leather upholstery. This method should be used with the least amount of soaking as possible, blotting your furniture as soon as you use this mixture. Be sure to spot-test a small area of your upholstery before applying this mixture to larger areas in case your upholstery reacts to the solution and bleaches or stains. The important thing to remember is to completely dry your furniture before use, as extra moisture will trap oils and dirt easier.

You can clean your leather furniture with household items as well. Mix a cup of white vinegar with two cups of linseed oil and spread the solution on your leather upholstery with a lint-free cloth. After letting the solution dry for several hours or overnight, you may polish your leather furniture and it should leave your leather clean and lustrous.

Cleaning your upholstery at home can make your furniture last longer and have a more beautiful look for a longer period of time. Commercial applications and cleaners can work well in your home, but learning to do your own upholstery cleaning will save you money and help your furniture last.

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