Standing Tall in All Its Glory
“That was once the cynosure of all eyes, that vintage print of the loveseats and sofas were my eternal source of compliments. Today they only make my living room look a hundred years old and simply gloomy.”
Upholstered furniture can make or break a room. Most of us have some of the other upholstered furniture in our house. The majestic dining table chairs or the classic corner country chair, who can escape the charm of gorgeous prints and luxurious fabric? But, did you know these alluring pieces of furniture you own are also ones that require maximum care and looking after?
This point is somehow missed by most of us and what was once our proud possession turns into just another, worn-out looking piece of furniture. Don’t want that to happen to your upholstered furniture?
Follow these simple but effective ways to take care of them and keep them new and gleaming forever.
When It’s Delicate, Take Regular Care
You have your hair spa, manicure and pedicure treatments scheduled each month, right? You know that your hair, nails, hands, and feet are delicate parts of your body, and they need regular TLC to continue to look great and remain healthy. The same applies to your upholstered furniture.
- You need to vacuum clean your furniture every other day. Regular cleaning does not let the dust and grime settle down into the couches, sofas, and beds, thus keeping them gleaming and clean. Besides, it’s much more difficult to clean the furniture once the dust and dirt have already settled in.
- Do not use wet rags to clean the fabric of the upholstered furniture as that will only cause the dirt and grime to sink in deeper. This, in turn, may darken the fabric in places and cause permanent staining.
- Too much of sunlight is harmful to your delicate furniture. Do not keep it in direct sunlight as that will cause the colors to fade.
- When there is going to be nobody in the house for a long duration, cover your upholstered furniture properly before leaving. This will prevent the accumulation of dirt to a great extent. However, continue with the regular care once you return.
Attacking the Stains
Those annoying stains can spoil the look of your beloved furniture. However, there are some quick and easy remedies to get rid of them.
- Vinegar water and a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and color-safe bleach can be used to remove coffee, tea and other mild stains.
- Sprinkling talcum powder or kitchen salt over a deep-rooted greasy stain can help in controlling the damage. Let the powder absorb all the grease and then wipe with a damp cloth dipped in mild detergent. The stains disappear.
The Wonders of Water on Upholstery
While doing the washing of your upholstery fabric properly can yield fabulous results, a slight slip and you could make your upholstery fabric look shrank, taut and watermarked.
There are many precautions you need to take before washing your upholstery fabric. The most important one is to read the cleaning instructions mentioned on the material of the furniture to know if it can be cleaned with water and detergent or not.
In case your upholstery fabric does not allow you to wash it in water and detergent properly, you can always use the magical tool called wet wipes or baby wipes.
Their soap-water ratio is perfect for some gentle cleaning of the upholstery without the damage that water and detergent could have caused to the fabric.
If you are wondering how to get rid of accumulated dirt and grime and stubborn stains without using water and detergent, here is another quick-fix tip.
Put some non-gel variety of toothpaste on the upholstery and rub it gently on the dirt or marked spot. Let it stay for a couple of minutes and then use a damp tissue or cloth to wipe it off.
Keep Items That Spell Danger for Your Upholstery Away
That tea could be refreshing for you but risky for your furniture.
This is basic common sense really, but still substantial enough to get a mention. Ketchup, mayo, mustard sauce, and alcohol are hazardous to your upholstered furniture’s health and need to be kept at a distance. Keeping food and drinks away from the furniture plays a significant role in keeping it free of spills and stains. However, if you just can’t help but sit on the sofa while eating chips and salsa, be as careful as possible and do keep some tissues at hand.
Protection from Pets is Also Necessary
We all love our pets and know how amazing they can be. But when it comes to our furniture, they aren’t exactly our upholstery’s best friend. Furs, feces, and urine are definite enemies of upholstered furniture.
Dogs and cats jump in and out of chairs, beds, and sofas. They shed wherever they go, and it becomes challenging to clean all the fur off the furniture.
So assign them a nice separate bed of their own and train them to stay there more, instead of allowing them to jump on to your couch or bed as they please. This will save you some severe cleaning later on. Moreover, if your pet happens to urinate on your couch accidentally, the odor will be tough to get rid of.
However, if cuddling with your pooch on the couch is an absolute necessity for you, then do train it well not to poop or urinate on the couch. As far as pet hair and fur are concerned, there are a few ways you can keep your furniture pet hair-free. Learn more about making your home a pet-friendly environment here!
The above will be of sufficient help to you to keep your upholstered furniture spic and span. However, if you do not have the time or the inclination to do all of this, but do have the money for it, treat your dear old furniture to a fantastic makeover.
In fact, a professional upholstery cleaning is always recommended for such furniture every two years. So, let the professionals do what they do best and enjoy fresh and fantastic furniture that you can’t help but admire.