Best Ways to Clean Upholstered Furniture
Upholstered furniture is commonly overlooked at house cleaning time. It's not that we don't want to clean everything in the house we're just focused on weekly household chores like dusting, mopping, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom.
If you recently scored a brand new sofa sectional or want to share the love of an older upholstered furniture piece its care and maintenance should be a priority. A spilled glass of fine red or tiny chocolate fingerprints can ruin fabric if you don’t know how to deal with stains. And don’t forget about your favorite leather club chair. It definitely needs a little TLC to keep it soft and supple.
Upholstered furniture is a big investment so it’s probably a smart idea to learn how to extend its life to keep it looking good with these quick and easy tips.
Vacuuming upholstered furniture is so darned easy but for some reason it’s something we rarely think about doing. You don’t need to do it every week. Once every two to three months is fine. Use the upholstery tool to loosen and remove dust from the back, arms and seat cushions.
Take off the cushions, vacuum up any loose dirt with the crevice tool. Vacuum the sides and back once in a while to keep the dust and allergens at bay. Vacuuming also works for leather furniture providing your attachment is soft enough to prevent scratches.
If you have little ones running around the house, maybe, just maybe you had the forethought to buy a slipcovered sofa. If that’s the case we congratulate you. Slipcovers are great because stains can be pretreated and the cover tossed directly into the washing machine or hand wash it in the bathtub.
Wash the slipcover in cool water using a mild detergent. Allow it to partially dry to eliminate wrinkles and put it back on the furniture piece to finish drying. That way it will prevent the fabric from shrinking.
Spot Cleaning Products
Accidental spills are inevitable. They’re a fact of life. Bearing this in mind, you need to arm yourself with several good spot cleaners to take care of stains as quickly as possible. Given the huge selection of products to choose from you’ll have to conduct a few experiments to see which ones work the best on your upholstery.
There are all-purpose products and even specialized cleaners that remove specific stains like blood, wine, dirt or grass. Whichever you choose test the product before use to make sure it won’t bleach or damage the fabric.
Take great care when cleaning and maintaining leather upholstery. To prevent leather from drying out and guard against normal wear, scratches and stains it’s best to treat it with a combination leather cleaner, conditioner and protector.
You can purchase these products from the manufacturer, leather retailer or professional cleaning company. Before you do anything always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for removing stains and full leather cleaning.
If you’re concerned about damaging upholstered furniture by cleaning it yourself you may want to invest in a professional service to handle the job. While it is the most expensive option it can extend the life of your upholstery. You can choose between dry and steam cleaning depending on the fabric content and durability.
Dry cleaning is great because it allows you to use your furniture right away without drying time involved. If you sign a contract, you may even be able to include spot cleaning on demand.
Cleaning Wood and Metal Trim
According to most furniture manufacturers, the best way to care for wood or metal trim on upholstered pieces is to use a clean, lint-free cotton cloth to remove dust and oily fingerprints.
If your furniture legs and arms have intricate turnings or scrollwork, sweep away dirt with a cosmetic or paint brush. Metal surfaces can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Do not use harsh cleaners—you’ll run the risk of removing protective finishes.
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