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DIY Upholstery Cleaning

Are you searching for some Do It Yourself upholstery cleaning? Upholstery cleaning, contrary to popular belief, doesn’t require fancy equipment to get the job done. You sure can make the upholstery look clean and fresh with some quick DIY techniques.

Pre-cleaning steps

Upholstery cleaning is a part of your regular household cleaning and maintenance. Before you actually clean your couch or chairs, perform these pre-cleaning steps so as to make the overall experience easier.

  1. Firstly, pull the furniture against the wall or from the area where it rests. Then, vacuum and dust the area. If it has been placed against the wall, wipe the wall with a damp cloth or sponge.
  2. After cleaning the wall or floor, remove the cushions on the couch and vacuum the area they have been resting. Stop and polish any wooden parts and wipe the metal parts (if any). This will make your furniture last long.
  3. Check whether all the parts of furniture are in working condition. If not, bring in a furniture repair person to fix any missing or broken parts. Or even better if you fix it yourself. But make sure to do it yourself only if you are confident.
  4. Take care of the paints. Make sure you call a painting professional to make sure you don’t mess it up.

Water for cleaning upholstery

Of course you are going to have to use water for cleaning upholstery. Please check for the tags on your furniture and make sure that you can deal with that kind of material yourself. Also check for the cleaning suggestions the manufacturer has given (if any).

Note that some materials: silk or silk blend fabrics, linen,rayon, wool, and Haitian cotton are to be dealt by the professionals only. These fabrics shrink and can get discolored by the usage of water.

Remember not to use too much water while cleaning the upholstery. For this purpose, fill a spray bottle having a mist setting about halfway up with water. You need to avoid using clothes saturated in water and cleaning agent. Always test an area with a few drops of water so as to see if the fabric is colorfast, and how long it takes to dry.

Use of too much water will cause drying problems. If your upholstery doesn’t dry out well, it will give off a musty odor and may even turn moldy. This might cause a new problem rather than solving the existing one.

So, make sure you use right amount of water.

Clean out the stubborn spots

After you’ve checked to make sure the upholstery responds well to water, you need to choose a mild fabric or upholstery cleaner to clean the stuffing.

  • Spray the obvious stains with water.
  • Drizzle the cleaner directly on the spot.
  • After spraying the cleaner, gently pat it into the spots. Try not to push or rub too hard.
  • Then, take a damp clean cloth and wipe off as much dirt and cleaner as possible.
  • Use a clean, dry towel to extract as much water as possible.

As a good, basic and inexpensive cleaner, you can use half teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent to a quart (4 cups) of water.

Drying your upholstery is a must

After you’ve cleaned the furniture, it should dry out completely within 24 hours. Of course, it is best to clean on a sunny and warm day. However, if not possible, you need to follow these steps to speed up the process.

  1. Take a hair dryer and go through the stitched and entangled areas.
  2. If you have a ceiling fan, switch it on. This pushes the warmair down to the furniture level.
  3. Do not sit on the furniture until it has completely dried out. Doing so pushes the moisture in and slows down the drying process.
  4. Make sure that you open the curtains and drapes so as to allow as much natural warmth and light as possible.

Additional tips

  • Use lemon to kill the bacteria. It is a great solution that acts against most household bacteria.
  • Use cool water if the stains are non-greasy and use warm water while cleaning greasy stains.
  • You can always use a slipcover to protect your furniture, whenever you are away for a week or so.

If you aren’t able to do it yourself, contact Mastercrafts Custom Upholstery

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