Keeping your upholstery clean and tidy may seem like difficult work, but it’s actually quite easy. There are many practical and inexpensive ways to get your upholstered furniture cleaned without having it sent to a professional cleaning service. Many homeowners in Highland Park make use of these simple techniques to clean their upholstery.
Here are some easy-to-do tips that you can do to help keep your upholstery clean and well-maintained.
You can find that a lot of noticeable dirt particles can cling to your upholstery, especially along the sides or in between the cushion cracks. You can carefully pick these out with a spatula or a spoon, or you can also use a small brush to dust off any visible particles off the fabric and cushions.
When vacuuming your upholstery, be sure that you use a dusting brush attachment to pick up those loose pieces of dirt that you couldn’t scrape or dust off earlier. Make sure to go over the entire area of your furniture, and don’t forget to vacuum in between the cushions as well. Vacuum in short, overlapping strokes and set the suction strength based on the material of the upholstery you are cleaning – setting it to low if you’re working on more delicate fabrics like silk.
If you’re faced with a fresh stain on your upholstery, immediate action is required. Quickly spread a piece of cloth over the stain to blot it out. Make sure not to wipe or scrub off the stain, since this might spread it further and make things worse. What’s important here is that the affected area is contained and that the cloth should soak up as much of the liquid as possible.
You can actually make a simple yet effective cleaning solution out of household detergent. Fill a cup with warm water and use a solution with a 3:1 ratio of natural or biodegradable dish detergent. Mix the solution with a wire whisk or an electric mixer until it generates a creamy and foamy texture. Test the mixture on a small area of the upholstery, seeing if any discoloration or stains appear after drying. If it has no adverse effects on the material, then proceed to use the mixture to clean the upholstery.
Make sure to only use natural cleaners to clean your upholstery. Always check the composition of any commercial cleaners you might want to use on your furniture. Some of them have hazardous substances like acetone or can leave a sticky film that can cause dirt to adhere to the fabric. The detergent mixture we described above is a simple and inexpensive alternative to the more commercial solutions.
Also, try not to use too much water while cleaning. This can leave unsightly water stains that can seep into the fabric and eventually cause it to shrink. A small amount of moisture on a damp cloth should be enough to pick up any loose debris and dirt. Make sure to avoid wetting your furniture’s metal parts as well. You wouldn’t want any sensitive metal parts like a recliner’s lever and gears to rust. Rust stains can also be pretty difficult to remove once it’s touched the fabric.
If you’re having difficulties doing your own upholstery cleaning, then we at Dalworth Cleaning are more than happy to lend you a hand. We specialize in cleaning all types of upholstery furniture in a fast and reliable manner. For more information regarding our services, you can get in touch with us by dialing 817-553-2184 or by leaving us an inquiry on our contact page.