Learning how to clean upholstery is a relatively simple job but it does take time. Unlike wood, laminate or even leather, most upholstery style fabrics absorb stain-creating liquids right away. If you learn how to clean upholstery correctly however, these stains will be minor inconveniences, not marks that appear on your furniture forever. Consider these tips and instructions, and save yourself money and stress by learning how to clean upholstery yourself!
Vacuum your upholstery thoroughly before attempting any other cleaning method. Go over the area several times, on the highest suction option available. If you have friends, family members of even colleagues that own a commercial style vacuum, ask to borrow it for a short amount of time as these are much stronger in suction.
Blot Up Fresh Spills
If you have a fresh spill or stain blot it up with a clean white cloth first. Towels are the best if you some available, but be sure to not use paper towel as they shed. How to clean upholstery depends a lot on the type of fabric. Check the tag on your furniture to see what to use to clean it; if the tag has been removed, you will have to test an out of sight area before using cleaner to avoid discoloration or damage to fabric. Antique furniture needs to be done professionally to avoid irreparable damage as fabrics were different years ago.
Selecting a Cleaning Solution
When selecting a cleaning solution be sure to read the label as different solutions work on different fabrics. A good homemade solution for fabric that you can use is 2 cups of water and 1 or 2 squirts of plain dishwashing detergent. Place it in your blender and pulse it on high until you get sudsy foam (like shaving cream). This has to be used immediately as it will not keep. For stains, use 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch and enough water just to make a paste. Put a small amount on the stain and let it dry then brush and vacuum it off. There are several different spot removers for a lot of different stains from berries and fruit to chocolate.
Professional Dry Cleaning
For those fabrics that cannot be cleaned with a water based solution you will need to have it dry cleaned professionally. This can take a couple of weeks or more depending on how busy the company is. As an alternative, you may want to look into rental, although you will be responsible for any damage or staining and items must be returned in good condition. With businesses the rental can be listed as part of your monthly expenses.
For more information, contact us at Executive Furniture Rentals today!