With the fall approaching, we’re going to be compiling a checklist of housekeeping and maintenance chores. This first post is dedicated to cleaning your furniture and upholstery, from sofas to curtains. This is a job usually tasked to professional cleaning companies, but we’ll give you some tips on how to do it yourself.
Your couch/sofa/chair will not last for long or maintain itself if you don’t take care of it, so do consider cleaning it at least once a season. Read on to know how.
Know your materials
First things first – identify your fabrics. You don’t want to be using a water based product on silk or suede for example. Some sofas can have a fabric tags with letter codes. If yours has that, it’ll usually indicate what kind of cleaning can be used. Whatever the material is, always pre-test the cleaning on a small part of the couch before going all out.
A (W) means that you can use a water-based detergent. (S) means it needs to be dry cleaned – water-free detergent. (WS) means it can be cleaned with water-based cleaner or dry cleaned. (X) is the obvious one – leave it alone, it probably needs a professional to dry clean it. (O) stands for organic material which should only be washed and cleaned in cold water.
Buy your products accordingly – leather cleaners and conditioner, upholstery dry cleaner solution or water based detergent. Don’t forget the brush (with bristles).
Brush off any dirt from the couch and be serious with this first step – it can help in the cleaning process afterwards. Remove dirt that wont brush off using a vacuum and upholstery attachment. If you have a pet, or if you’re the kind of person that loves eating on the couch, take off the cushions and really go for those corners. Depending on the material then, you would either steam vacuum the upholstery, or just spray a dry cleaning product or use a soap based leather cleaner. Also, open the windows for some ventilation while you’re cleaning.
We made a list of cleaning products that you’ll need based on the material of your upholstery, which should help when shopping for products.
– Bristle Brush
– Vacuum (and the upholstery attachment)
– Cleaning cloths
– Paper towels
– Dry cleaning solvent
– Leather cleaner
– Distilled water