How to maintain your upholstery clean for longer

All upholstery requires proper cleaning from time to time. You clean everything else in your home, it only makes sense that your furniture gets deep-cleaned as well – your mattress, sofa, curtains, chairs, etc.

It’s a chore that is quite important. Leaving your upholstery dirty can be dangerous for your health and well-being. All furniture tends to absorb all types of dirt, dust, and bacteria as well as nasty odors, any type of liquid, sweat, etc. At the end of the day, when you sit on your couch you are basically sitting on a giant pile of dirt that may be the cause of asthma, harsh allergic reactions, etc.

Before you start cleaning:

Always make sure you check the label and whether it is written how to treat and clean the upholstery.

Before you start cleaning you should always make sure you do a test on a small hidden area of the upholstery and see whether it reacts. If you are cleaning a sofa maybe do the test on the back.

Make sure you regularly vacuum your upholstery

Vacuum your upholstery once a week which will minimize the amount of dirt and dust that gets to the base making your furniture look better for longer.

Get to cleaning

The first method

Sometimes, maybe once a month, you should do more than the regular vacuuming. Grab your laundry detergent (a liquid one), and mix it with warm water. Soak a microfiber cloth in the mixture and start wiping your upholstery.

Let it dry completely before you sit on it or touch it overall so that you don’t leave marks.

The second method

Once you are done the vacuuming, you can grab warm water and mix it with vinegar (equal amount of water and vinegar). Similar to the first cleaning method, grab a microfiber cloth, dampen it and start wiping the surface of the upholstery.

When you are finished, make sure you clean with clean warm water and another clean cloth and let it dry completely before using your upholstery.

What to do if you are dealing with upholstery that smells?

Upholstery absorbs all types of smells very easily – kitchen odors, cigarette smells, etc. All of these smells can be very unpleasant. The good news is that removing nasty odors off of upholstery is not hard at all.

Just grab baking soda and sprinkle it all over your upholstery. Let it sit for 15 minutes and simply vacuum it.

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