How to Keep Your Upholstery Clean
Upholstered furniture can
certainly add charm to your house, but it also requires constant time and
care – it gets stained easily, and when not used for a couple of days it ends
up covered in dust… keeping it clean might seem like a hassle.
But maintaining upholstery doesn’t
have to be difficult – no need for special products or deep-cleaning days, just
follow these simple tips.
Protecting your upholstery is your best defence against soiling
and staining, especially if you have pets that are allowed on the furniture. All
you’ll need is a protective cover which you’ll be able to wash and exchange
when you need to – a simple throw or sheet for your sofa will do, but you can
also buy covers matching with your upholstery fabric.
Also, to protect your upholstery from any oil and grease in
the air, try shutting the door to your kitchen when cooking, and use a fan.
Dust isn’t easy to spot on
upholstery, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. If it isn’t removed
regularly, it will get into the fibres of the fabric and solidify, making it a
lot harder to get rid of and causing the material to wear out a lot quicker.
So make sure you include your
upholstery in your cleaning routine – vacuum it as often as you dust any other
piece of furniture. If you’re worried vacuuming might damage the fabric, opt for
an upholstery brush instead, although this might scatter the dust around. Turn
over your sofa cushions and vacuum underneath them to remove any debris that
might have been building up, and if you have pets, look out for the pet hair,
and do your best to remove it all every time.
Air it out
It’s easy for odours to be absorbed
by fabric upholstery, and, if you have pets or smoke, you know how frustrating
it is trying to get the smell out, and never fully succeeding.
If you want to keep your
furniture, carpets and curtains smelling fresh, make sure your rooms are
properly ventilated, and, if you have a balcony or garden, make it a habit of airing
out your upholstery about once a month. But be careful not to expose it
directly to the sun for extended periods of time if you don’t want the fabric
If the odours persist, you can
always use this DIY
chemical-free fabric freshener to deal with them once and for all. All
you’ll need is some baking soda, water, and an essential oil of your choice,
and your house will be filled with a fresh and light scent, without harming the
environment in the process.