The Upholstery can be considered one of the most important pieces of the house. After all, after the bedroom and our bed, this piece of furniture is the second most loved one, in which we spend some time watching TV, reading a book or even relaxing.
And the fact that we spend this time using the Upholstery indicates that we may indeed have some problems, such as spilling a drink or even having to deal with everyday messes like dust and pet fur.
So that question arises: How can I clean my Upholstery? Is there a right technique or is it necessary to take the furniture to a company that specializes in it?
Because in this text you will learn how to clean your Upholstery at home, with simple but very efficient cleaning techniques that work on the most varied types of fabric.
Types of Upholstery
Before you start cleaning your Upholstery, it is best to find out what fabric it is made of. So you don’t run the risk of using any product that could damage or stain the furniture.
Among the main types of the existing Upholstery we have:
Types of Upholstery cleaning
Keep in mind that the sticker on your Upholstery is your best friend. She is the one who will guide you on how to clean and what materials you will be able to use.
Among the main types of cleaning used on Upholstery are:
- Normal cleaning or dry cleaning;
- Traditional wet cleaning or washing;
- Professional Upholstery cleaning or dry cleaning.
In addition, it is also worth checking if you can wash the furniture with hot water or should always use cold water.
Ways to clean your Upholstery
When you find out how to wash your Upholstery, it’s time to choose cleaning methods. Among them are:
- Vinegar with warm water, excellent for removing stains
- Water and neutral detergent
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Bicarbonate and fabric softener
Let’s now explain which types of fabric each of these options is suitable for:
Materials needed for each type of cleaning
- Cleaning the Upholstery with vinegar: The use of vinegar with warm water is interesting for linen, velvet and fabric Upholstery in general. Just mix a litre of warm water with ¼ of vinegar and then go through the furniture. In addition to removing common everyday dirt, it also helps with stain removal, but it may require a little more effort. If you notice that the Upholstery is very dirty or has stains that are difficult to remove, use a sponge to help with the task, never a brush or anything else that could damage the fabric.
- Cleaning the Upholstery with water: The water (normal temperature) with a neutral detergent is suitable for leather couches or courier. Still, you can’t be too careful and you shouldn’t overdo it when you wet the cloth you’re going to use for cleaning. Sponges and brushes should not be used in this case and the cloth should be slightly damp when cleaning the Upholstery. In addition, try to apply products that help the leather to remain firm and without cracks, whenever you do a heavier cleaning of the furniture.
- Cleaning the Upholstery with a vacuum cleaner: The vacuum cleaner can be used on any type of Upholstery. Still, it is especially suitable for that furniture that requires dry cleaning. Removes everyday dust and dirt and can be ironed several times a week. The idea of the vacuum is to ensure that your Upholstery is always looking new, preventing the accumulation of dirt.
- Upholstery cleaning with a mixture of baking soda and fabric softener: The mixture of baking soda with fabric softener serves to remove the bad smell of the Upholstery. So if your pet happens to always sleep around, spill any drinks or food or anything that leaves a bad smell on the furniture, this mixture can help you. To do this, just put in a spray bottle a mixture of 1 litre of water, ¼ of alcohol, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, ½ cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of fabric softener. Then just sneeze on your couch. The good news about this mixture is that it can even be used on furniture that requires dry cleaning, due to the rapid evaporation of the alcohol. Just splash small amounts from a greater distance from the Upholstery and rub lightly with a cloth.
- Cleaning the Upholstery with alcohol: Alcohol can also help in cleansing your couch. Especially if you read on his label that all cleaning must be done dry. Put the alcohol in a spray bottle and lightly spray the furniture, always at a greater distance from the fabric. Rub quickly with a cloth.
More tips to keep your Upholstery always clean
To keep your Upholstery always looking new, you should never let stains stay there for too long. If you happen to spill any drink, dry immediately with the help of a paper towel. But never rub, just let the paper towel soak up the drink.
Then you can rub alcohol or a mixture of colorless liquid detergent with water in the region.
To get rid of animal hair that is stuck to the fabric, you can bet on the vacuum cleaner and also on a slightly damp cloth. Even baby wipes can help with this task.
If your Upholstery needs dry cleaning, investing in a steam sanitizer can be very useful when cleaning. Especially when the idea is to do a more thorough cleaning.
Other important tips to keep the Upholstery always clean and new is to avoid eating and drinking while sitting, avoiding putting your feet and dirty shoes on the furniture, wearing protective covers and teaching pets not to climb onto the Upholstery!