We all like to lounge around on the couch, but what happens when you have a spilled soda stain or dirt from your feet or hands come on them? This is neither pleasing to the eye nor is it nice to have to sit on dingy furniture.
You can make your upholstery look clean and fresh in no time without having to spend too much on professional cleaners coming in to clean them. However, it’s important that you always spot test homemade solutions on a small, inconspicuous area of the material before you begin cleaning.
To get the basic layer of dust and dirt off the upholstered furniture, first start with a basic vacuum of the furniture. A hand vacuum with a brush would be your best friend for this type of cleaning.
This should help you get to the crevices where dirt normally accumulates. You can vacuum the cushions on both sides while you’re at it. The wood and metal areas can be wiped down with a damp cloth dipped in a solution of warm water and liquid dish soap.
While cleaning upholstered furniture, figure out what fabric you are dealing with. The couch will be tagged with instructions on how to clean the upholstery. One of the main issues that home owners face with upholstered furniture is stains. Stains can come from liquid spills, food spills etc. They require a little more effort to get rid of.
There are many homemade cleaners you can use to get rid of these. If you’re dealing with fabric upholstery, a mixture of a quarter cup of vinegar and three fourth a cup of water and a table spoon of dish soap should do the trick.
Put this mix in a spray bottle and mist the soiled area. Scrub this area with a soft cloth until the stain starts lifting.
Then use a new cloth piece with dampened with clean water and dab it at the spot to clean the soapy mix. Finally use a towel to dry the remaining water from the furniture.
When dealing with leather upholstery, mix half cup of olive oil with a quarter cup of vinegar and put into a spray bottle. Spray his mix on the furniture and buff it out with a soft cloth.
If you have synthetic upholstery in your home, mix half a cup of vinegar, 1 cup of warm water and half a tablespoon of liquid dish soap or castile soap in a spray bottle.
Mist the soiled area and scrub with a soft cloth till the stain is gone. Always remember to use a towel to soak up any excess water remaining on the sofa surface. Let the sofa air dry. If it’s humid, you may want to set up a box fan pointed at the sofa for speed drying.
Water can cause cushions and fabric to mildew.
Baking soda isn’t just for baking food, it’s also an effective cleaning agent. Sprinkling baking soda over the entire couch will help remove odours and further loosen stains.
You can also use a homemade baking soda solution for any area that have a slightly deeper set stain. In a bowl, mix together equal parts baking soda and water. For either the dry or wet solution, let the baking soda sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
Once the baking soda has fully absorbed the stain, vacuum it up with a brush attachment. And as mentioned earlier, with all homemade cleaning solutions, always spot test a portion of the sofa before cleaning it fully, so that in case it doesn’t agree with your sofa material, it won’t damage a place it is visible.