Cleaning upholstered furniture is an essential part of overall household cleaning. And it is also one of the most tricky parts of the whole cleaning process. You should be very careful while cleaning the upholstery. The upholstery absorbs dirt from the environment, from time to time somebody spills some coffee or tea and stains are left which need to be treated, and families with pets know how much pet hair the upholstery tends to accumulate. Cleaning the upholstery can be done by vacuuming, brushing or by applying cleaning products.
There are a lot of cleaning products on the market, but recently there has been a strife to use DIY solutions which are equally efficient in cleaning the upholstery, and in addition they are safe for the environment. Families often have their own recipes of upholstery cleaning solutions, prepared and used for generations, and they are inexpensive and have stood the test of time. Home made or bought products can be used by everyone according to preferences. Cleaning products can be applied after the regular dusting and vacuuming of the upholstery which tends to accumulate a lot of dirt, hairs, dead skin cells, etc. Vacuuming the upholstery with the vacuum cleaner attachment on a weekly basis is strongly recommended.
An alternative to vacuuming is brushing it with a bristled brush. A hair brush suits the purpose very well. It is inexpensive, and it is easy to clean afterwards.
Most people prefer cleaning the upholstery with cleaning products or home made solutions. A popular solution can be prepared from slightly more than two cups of hot tap water and ¼ cup of liquid detergent for washing the dishes. The detergent should be mixed well with the water, and it is applied on the upholstery using a cloth dipped in the mixture, to rub it onto the upholstery. After the mixture has been applied on the upholstery, the problem areas can be scrubbed with a soft brush. Then the cloth should be rinsed, dipped into clean water, and the upholstery should be wiped with it. If necessary, the rinsing and cleaning with the cloth damped in clean water can be repeated. Finally, using a dry cloth or a dry towel, the whole upholstery should be wiped well to absorb the moisture.
In the holiday season, wax can drip on the upholstery and cause unpleasant stains. They are easy to deal with, by putting some brown paper over the dried wax stain and running a hot iron on the paper a couple of times. The paper will absorb the melted wax.
When the furniture has leather upholstery, it should be treated carefully, in accordance with the type of leather, using the special cleaning products for that type. Before cleaning, the product should be tested in a non visible spot, to be on the safe side. To treat stains on leather upholstery efficiently, only lint free soft cloth is suitable, for example a micro fiber cloth. It is important to rub the cloth with the cleaner in the direction of the leather lie. Leather upholstery and stains on it should never be cleaned by rubbing in a circular manner.