Do you think that the sofa in your room is looking a bit shabby? Are you planning to get new furniture but backing out due to the tough budget that you’re living on? Well, that might be your case but you should still consider freshening up yourself so that your house looks clean and your furniture seems up to the mark. We all love to see our house clean and it is only when our house is clean that our guests praise it. If you’re looking for some DIY tips to upholstery cleaning, you’ve clicked on the right post. Below listed are some of the ways in which you can clean your own upholstery on your own.
- Absorb the stain that you see: Don’t allow the stains to set in as this will make cleaning a lot tougher. If you suddenly spill, act immediately. Blot the liquid with some dry absorbent cloth or some white paper towels. Don’t rub but dab as it can risk damaging the entire fabric. Start dabbing at the outside portion of the spot and move towards the center to prevent the stain from spreading. Keep blotting until it is barely wet and if you spill some solid, scoop it first with a spoon.
- Use vacuum cleaner for the furniture: Use each of your upholstery cleaning attachments of your vacuum cleaner if you wish to thoroughly clean up the loose pieces of dirt, other debris and pet hair that are actually making your furniture dirtier. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, use one or get one immediately.
- Recognize the kinds of stains: Dirt, food, poop or pee (for the pets and little ones), coffee, wine and some other kinds of stains usually respond well to steam cleaning. However, there are some more stubborn spots which might need some more treatment than steam cleaning. For the hard-to-lift and oil-based stains, you might need chemical-based cleaners for cleaning them.
- Read the tags that come with upholsteries: Before you use a cleaner on your furniture, check the tags or instructions. If you don’t find a tag, check the website of the manufacturer of the furniture. You can even test a small hidden section of the fabric so that you become sure about the ability of the upholstery to react to different kinds of cleaners. This won’t damage the color of the furniture.
- Consider the costs of cleaning products: The costs of the furniture cleaner usually take people by surprise. Cleaners usually cost £15 to £20 per bottle and for the bigger jobs you might require more. The rental centers might force to get their brand cleaners but the homemade products are most often the perfect ones for DIY cleaning. If you have pets, kids or some kind of allergies to such cleaners, get non-toxic products.
Therefore, when it comes to upholstery cleaning, ensure following the above mentioned DIY steps as self-help is most often the best way out.