A coffee spill on your couch can cause dirty marks that if left to stay for some time will turn stubborn or permanent, instantly ruining the beauty and cleanliness of your upholstery. Stains are not the only culprit that can destroy the wonderful condition of your favorite sofa or couch since there are also dust, dirt, pollutants and allergens that need to be removed. Keeping the beauty and healthy state of your Northern Virginia upholstered furniture is actually simple if you know the valuable tips on how to give them the best cleaning.
The following are some easy to follow guidelines on how you can take care of your upholstery:
- Make sure to give your sofas and furniture a regular cleaning since they can get quite dirty and gather dust build-up due to daily use. Use a soft brush or vacuum cleaner to clean your upholstery to remove surface dirt and grime. You can manually clean pillows or cushions by bringing them outside and then beat them slightly against a wall or your hand to remove dust and dirt stuck on it. Professional cleaning is also necessary for it will give your upholstery a deep clean that will remove deep-seated contaminants that regular vacuuming cannot get rid of.
- Don’t let stains linger on your upholstered furniture for a long period of time because they can become such a challenge to remove later on. After a spill happens, blot it right away using a white, absorbent cloth or an unprinted paper towel before it can seep deep-down the fibers and cause further damage to the upholstery.
- Never scrub spill as this will cause the stain from spreading; hence causing more dirty markings on other areas of the furniture. Just lightly and gently blot the stain with a soft cloth. It’s never worth damaging your couch with force scrubbing as this will lead to a more costly repair or replacement.
- Prior to removing stains on your sofa, you need to determine first what caused the spill so you’ll know the appropriate method and solutions to use that will successfully eradicate the messy marks. For instance, greasy type of stains can be easily removed using hot water while those non-oily ones will need cool water to be eliminated.
- Over the counter cleaning agents can be used to clean stains yet more often than not, these store-bought remover solutions are made from strong chemicals that can be risky to the human health. So always check the labels when buying these products and avoid those with very harsh chemical components that will not only bring negative health effects but will also ruin the material and dye of your furniture.
- There are actually household items you can freely use to eliminate upholstery stains like shampoo, detergent, vinegar, baking soda and dishwashing liquid. Depending on the size of the spill, use only the recommended amount when applying these solutions.
- Lastly but actually the first thing you need to do when your purchase upholstered furniture is to check the care tag label so you’ll know their recommended cleaning maintenance. If it’s an ‘S,’ it means that it requires a dry cleaning solvent or any product that does not need water, while those with a ‘W’ code indicates that you can use water and detergent for cleaning. On the other hand, a ‘WS’ label on your upholstery means that it’s ok to clean it with or without water. An ‘X’ sign demands brushing and vacuum cleaning, plus professional care to eliminate stains and give the upholstery a proper, thorough clean.
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