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Simple Steps to Cleaning Upholstery

The furniture in your home is one of your most treasured pieces and they are expensive to replace. Unfortunately, they are vulnerable to dust, surface stains and grime and they can embed into the fibers. Some sofas come with covers that are easy to remove and wash when they get dirty. Leather couches are also not that hard to clean because you only need to wipe them with cleaning products that are made of oil and some waxes. Steam cleaning is also advised for some leather upholstery. But, for others, the covers are not removable and cleaning them is quite a task. Here are some simple steps to guide you when you clean your upholstery.

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First, remove big chunks that are stuck on the material using a spoon. You can also use a rubber spatula to get rid of goo, but be very careful not to rub it. Rubbing it would just spread the goo and that would mean a wider area for you to clean. Second, vacuum the entire furniture. Remove as much dirt and dust on the surface as possible. An ideal attachment to the vacuum when using it on your furniture is a soft brush. You would not want to use harder brushes for they might damage the material. Next, use vinegar solution on microfiber cloth and apply it on stains. Vinegar solution can be made with one part vinegar and one part water. It is recommended to blot and not wipe. Before using other solutions or chemicals on your upholstery, you should test it on hidden areas first to see if they are safe to use on the material of your furniture. After that, use suds to remove the remaining dirt on the furniture. Take a soft-bristled brush and rub the suds on the surface. Let the soap soak into the fabric for a while before using a microfibre cloth to wipe it. Rinse using a damp cloth. Do not use too much water.

 

The last step is to let the furniture dry. You can use a blow dryer to quicken the drying process. But, natural drying is still more recommended. Open all the windows and doors to make it faster for the furniture to dry. Dry the cushions and pillows separately so they can dry quickly. If you are apprehensive on doing all these on your own because you are afraid to damage the furniture, you can call some upholstery cleaning experts around your area to help you with it.