Americans tend to spend most of their leisure time watching TV. That means your couches, armchairs, and other living room furniture is getting a lot of use.
…That also means it’s getting a lot of dirt and crumbs. Even if you aren’t watching TV, odds are you spend most of your time at home sitting down at the table, at your computer, or relaxing in the family room.
So how are you supposed to clean all this furniture if it’s looking like it’s seen better days? We’ve put together this guide to help you learn the best way to clean upholstery.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Vacuum
The first step of upholstery cleaning is rolling out the vacuum cleaner. Use your novel to vacuum the back of the furniture, the cushions, the arms, the sides, and any other place that has fabric. This will remove any dirt, pet hair, food crumbs, and other debris sitting on the surface.
Make sure you start at the top and work your way down. Otherwise, you might end up knocking dirt down onto the sections you’ve already vacuumed, meaning you’ll have to do it over again.
Step 2: Stain Removal
Are there any stains on your upholstery?
Find a stain remover (that’s safe for your furniture’s material!) and use it to spot clean the affected areas. You should always do this right after vacuuming. This way, you can wash off any remaining cleaner from the upholstery during the washing process.
You may have to let the stain remover sit on your upholstery for several minutes. Make sure you read the instructions on your cleaner carefully before you apply it to your furniture.
Step 3: Wash
For this step, you’ll need an upholstery brush (if you don’t have one, you can get by with a clean cloth. However, an upholstery brush will give your furniture a better cleaning). You’ll also need dish soap, warm water, and a container.
Spray a few squirts of dish soap into the bottom of your container. Then run warm water over the soap to create a tall layer of suds. Dip your upholstery brush into the suds (don’t get it wet!) and scrub the soap over the surface of the fabric.
Keep sudsing and scrubbing until you have gone over the entire couch or piece of furniture.
While the upholstery should be damp, you don’t want it to get too wet. Wet upholstery will take a long, long time to dry, and it can lead to mold growth inside the fabric.
When you’re done scrubbing, wipe the upholstery down with a clean, damp towel.
Step 4: Dry
Now all you have to do is let the upholstery dry completely before using it again.
This may take some time, so be patient. Trying to speed up the process by using a hairdryer or another type of heat can damage your furniture.
Learning the Best Way to Clean Upholstery
The best way to clean upholstery is to do it often. The process isn’t hard, and it only takes a few minutes of work. Then after the fabric dries, you can relax on your clean and scent-free furniture!
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