With time, not only your house needs constant maintenance and upgrades, but also your furniture. You don’t need to throw out the furniture just because it has gone dirty or old. A little care at the right time can repair and deep clean the much-used upholstery of your most-favourite couch and make it look brand new. Want to know some of the tips, tricks and DIY ways to clean upholstery?
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Here are the Best DIY Ways to Clean Upholstery
Give your well-worn, dirty looking couch a refresh using these amazing homemade upholstery cleaners. Whether there are small patches on the couch or deep, tough, oily stains, these DIY ways to clean upholstery will make it look clean and new in no time. Here is how to clean upholstery furniture in quick easy steps.
- For fabric upholstery
- For leather upholstery
- For synthetic upholstery
- Use vacuum cleaner
- Soap flakes
- Using baking soda as a cleaning agent
Let us discuss each of them in detail.
For fabric upholstery
If your couch has a fabric upholstery and it has some deep stains on it. You might want to try out one of the best homemade upholstery cleaners. Take 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 tablespoon shavings of castile soap or any soap. Add this mixture in the spray bottle. Damp the area you want to clean using this mixture. Take a soft linen cloth and gently rub the upholstery’s fabric. If you want to do spot cleaning, then spray the mixture on the spot and using a soft old toothbrush rub off the stain from the fabric. Once the stain is removed, you can clean off the soap using a clean cloth. Let the fabric dry using a hairdryer.
For leather upholstery
If you have a leather couch that looks dirty and worn out. It not only needs cleaning but more likely a polish. Mix 1/2 cup olive oil with a 1/4 cup of vinegar. Put this mixture in a spray bottle. Use this spray cleaner on the surface of the couch and buff it with a soft cloth. In addition, one of the best DIY ways to clean upholstery is to use WD-40 which is easily available in the market.
For synthetic upholstery
If your sofa is made of synthetic material then you should try out this homemade upholstery cleaner. Take 1/2 cup of vinegar, add a cup of warm water and half a tablespoon of liquid detergent along with a teaspoon of baking soda. Spray it on the surface area where the stain is. Using a soft cloth scrub it well. Once the stain is removed, you can remove the soapy residue using a damp cloth.
It is important to maintain the upholstery. You can easily clean the sofa using a vacuum cleaner. Remember, the vacuum cleaner will help remove not only the dirt but also help make your house allergy-proof. Once a week, deep clean the upholstery using a vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt and small particle of dust.
Soap flakes – Best Homemade Upholstery Cleaner
Take shavings and flakes of regular soap. Add a cup of boiling water and put it on the stove. Once the water boils. Let it cool a bit. Using a hand blender makes a frothy foam out of the soapy water mixture. Use this frothy mixture on the stained area of the upholstery. Scrub it lightly until the stain is lifted. You can also use this soapy gel to clean the entire upholstery.
Baking soda and vinegar as cleaning agents
Make a mixture of vinegar, detergent and baking soda in a spray bottle. If you want to add a little fragrance add a few drops of citrus essential oils. Use this mixture generously on your upholstery and scrub it well. If you are into spot cleaning, try this hack: The areas where there are greasy stains, sprinkle baking soda. Rub it off to lift the stain and then using the above-mentioned mixture, clean off the surface thoroughly. This will give your worn-out upholstery a brand new look.
Cleaning urine stains
If you have a small child at home, it is quite likely that your couch has urine stains on it. If such an incident has occurred, make sure you remove the stain using a dry cloth so that the urine doesn’t get soaked into the fabric. If it is a leather couch, you can easily wipe it clean and add a few drops of fragrant essential oils to get away with the odour. Now comes the part that involves removing the urine stain from the upholstery’s fabric. Use a detergent mixed in cold water, add some lemon juice. Scrub it clean. Once the stain is removed, you can take care of the odour later.
Use one part hydrogen peroxide with one part warm water and then spray over the stain to kill the germs. To remove any bad odour you can use vinegar in equal amounts of warm water. Rub the area with the mixture to let go of the odour.
So, these were some of the most useful tips on cleaning the upholstery. If you think you know of any more ideas to clean upholstery couch then do write to us at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you.