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Whether you have a pet or kids or just standard wear and tear, you will need furniture and upholstery cleaning at some point. While it can seem intimidating and best left to professionals, there are some easy furniture cleaning tips to follow when mishaps occur or you’re cleaning up for company. But of course one call to HouseMaids at (941) 953-4300 will help your entire home get spotless!
Before using any cleaning products, including water, test it on a small, hidden portion of the upholstery before you try to tackle the entire couch. You can purchase upholstery cleaners, or you can make your own with a mix of warm water and dishwashing soap. Next, remove all the cushions and vacuum thoroughly. Rub the cleaner into the upholstery using a soft-bristled brush and remove soapy foam with a spatula.
Rinse away remaining soap suds with a clean, damp cloth and let dry completely. One note: using too much solution or water can leave water stains and may cause the fabric to shrink (depending on fabric consistency). ALWAYS follow the cleaning guidelines on the tags, if you have them, and keep water and solution away from wood furniture.
Check the finish on the wood furniture first, always starting with a milder cleaner when you are unsure. Start by wiping dust and dirt from the furniture with a microfiber cloth. You may also want to rub some mineral spirits into the wood, also known as paint thinner, to help lift off grime. Then use a wood furniture cleaner or make your own solution using turpentine and linseed oil. Using a little of the cleaner at a time, pour it on the furniture and work it in with a cloth. Be careful not to use too much – a little goes a long way. Once clean, consider adding a wax to protect the furniture in the future.