Interesting Tips On How To Clean Your Upholstered Furniture

Just like any other fabric, upholstery gets soiled and dirty and in the process foul smells are known to develop, either because of frequent use or something pouring on the said fabrics. When you decide on cleaning and deodorizing upholstery, the rule of thumb is usually to use as little liquid as is realistically possible to clean the household furniture in question. This is essentially because too much liquid or fluid can seep into the furniture stuffing or padding causing mildew growth and a foul musty smell which is usually very difficult to remove. Some of the most popular upholstered furniture cleaning options available includes the following;

Using baking soda

For this method of cleaning and deodorizing upholstery you will need to have a vacuum cleaner, a nylon brush and some baking soda. The first thing that you need to do is to get some open space for your furniture then sprinkle a very thin coating of baking soda over the furniture piece. Baking soda is widely used because it is an eco-friendly and natural cleaning element which pulls out the smell and any resident moisture that may be causing the foul smell.

Once you have evenly spread out the baking soda, use a nylon brush to scrub the soda onto the furniture fabric. It is advisable not to use a metal or wire brush as this is bound to deteriorate and greatly snag the quality of your fabric.

After ensuring that all parts of the upholstery have been scrubbed with baking soda, let the soda sit on the upholstery for at least half an hour so as to allow the furniture to fully deodorize. It is also advisable not to place the furniture in direct sunlight; it should be placed in an open place that’s relatively cool and dry.

After the half hour, you should then run a vacuum cleaner over the furniture so as to collect any excess or build up of baking soda and then let it dry. Once you are through with the cleaning, it is important to remember to vacuum the upholstery each and every week so as to collect any food crumbs or any other foreign matter which could lead to the development of some odor in the near future.

Using Vinegar

Unlike the common deodorizing spray which you may find in most local stores which are made from some harsh compounds; Vinegar is an eco-friendly deodorizing element that’s generally safe for use in any upholstered surface. For this simple method all you need to have is some baking soda, a vacuum cleaner, a spray bottle and some white vinegar. This method is mainly preferred in instances where the furniture has some very strong lingering odor. It is also worth noting that the process takes a slightly longer time when compared against other available methods.

For this method, you should sprinkle baking soda on the surface of the upholstery and let it lie overnight. This ensures that it absorbs all the unpleasant odors before you start some thorough work on the furniture.

In the morning, you should go ahead and vacuum the furniture using a brush attachment or furniture nozzle of the selected vacuum cleaner. Clean the furniture piece until you have removed all the baking soda. If you still have any lingering odors, make a point of repeating the first step of generously sprinkling the furniture with some more baking soda until such a time when you can’t smell any unwanted odor.

To give the furniture a new fresh smell, you can then use some white vinegar. It is recommended that you mix some white vinegar and water on a 50/50 basis; one glass of vinegar for one glass of water. Shake the mixture thoroughly and using the spraying bottle, mist the spray on the upholstery evenly. If your fabrics are a bit delicate such as satin or silk, you can test it out on a smaller surface of the fabric before spraying the entire surface. This will ensure that you don’t destroy your entire upholstery if you find out that the fabric is sensitive to the white vinegar mixture which you have prepared.

Irrespective of the method used to clean and deodorize the upholstered furniture it is important for users to ensure that the upholstery and padding’s are completely dried before being used again. They should be thoroughly air dried. If your upholstery has removable covers, it is advisable to clean them regularly as directed and air dry them so as to remove any dirt and keep the piece of furniture looking neat, tidy and smelling fresh too.


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