Cleaning Your Living Room Furniture

Some tips on keeping your furniture clean and good-looking!

After spending a substantial sum of money on your lovely living room furniture to complete the interior design of your home, one will definitely like to keep them looking clean and good as much as possible. Daily use impacts greatly on the longevity and look of your furniture, and you want to ensure that they are properly cared for in order to extend its use for as long as possible. This is especially so if there are lots of fabric employed in the materials of your living room furniture, as they require more care and maintenance in general. We offer some great cleaning tips to keep your furniture looking as fresh and beautiful as the day you bought it.

Avoid Usage of Harsh Chemicals

Stay away from upholstery cleaners that use harsh chemicals or toxins to clean your furniture. Although your furniture may smell good and look clean for some time, there are risks associated with cleaning your furniture with them. Generally these cleansers are typically full of harsh chemicals and toxins that can actually cause more harm than good to your furniture. Also, they are known to actually foster resoiling, resulting in more cleaning. These cleaners may also remove the protective layers of your furniture fabric, which results in furniture that looks more worn, as well as damaging your upholstery.

Steer Clear of Steam

Steam cleaning might sound like a great idea when it comes to cleaning your furniture initially but it is very important to know what moisture can do to your furniture. Excessive moisture can cause odors, mold, and soil build-up. Excess water must be sucked up when steam cleaning is done, or else it will take days to fully dry. Take note that even when the fabric appears dry on the surface, the moisture can still exist deep down. Steam cleaning is also capable of stripping your furniture's upholstery, leaving it more prone than before to stains and soil.

Vacuuming is Good

Vacuuming your furniture on a regular basis is a great way to get rid of debris and dirt off on your furniture before it has a chance to seep down and cause problems. Vacuuming will also allow you to increase the intervals of more extensive and deep cleaning, thus reducing the number such damaging processes. Vacuuming should be done at least once a week or more frequently if time permits. Always make sure you not only vacuum the visible parts of your furniture but also under the cushions and in the crevices of your furniture.

Spot Clean Immediately

Accidents do happen despite the most delicate care around the living room. Spills are likely to occur, and can lead to permanent stains if not taken care of immediately. Here are some quick and proper ways to take care of these spills.

 

  • Always blot from the outside to the center of a spot. Doing so will control the spread of a spill instead of expanding the area of the stain.
  • Test your fabric in a hidden area to make sure the color does not come off with the stain, or that a ring is not caused by the cleaning agent.
  • If the spot is of a liquid substance, use an absorbent white cloth or white paper towel to gently blot up excess liquids.
  • If the spot is of a solid material, remove the excess by lifting it off with a spoon or dull table knife.
  • Do not use strong chemicals such as bleach, solvents, or acids unless recommended by a specialist or a knowledgeable interior designer.
  • Never ever rub, scrub, or brush a spill.
  • Never use sudsy detergents, as they leave a soapy residue that attracts dirt.
  • Avoid using tap water but distilled water instead. Minerals in common tap water can cause rings, even on treated fabrics.

 

Clean and tidy furniture will bring out the best of your interior design and health. As long as there is time allocated to handle the chores of cleaning, your home will always be looking good.



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