How to Clean Upholstery: A Complete Care Guide

How to Clean Upholstery: A Complete Care Guide

When it comes to keeping a clean home, one of the most overlooked areas of the home is the furniture. We dust, we sweep and mop, we wipe windows, but beyond the occasional vacuuming, furniture upholstery can get neglected pretty easily. Not keeping up with upholstery cleaning is, well, gross. A couple of pounds of dirt can accumulate in a carpet over a year — which gets vacuumed pretty frequently. A couch that doesn’t get vacuumed or cleaned is going to accumulate dirt and dust, which also invites critters like dust mites, 2,000 of which can live in a single ounce of dust. Here are a few tips about how to clean upholstery and prolong its life.

1. What do I need to clean my upholstery?
The tools and solutions you’ll need to keep your upholstery clean are largely dependent on what fabric your upholstery is, but there are a few essentials you should keep in the house just in case. You should always have paper grocery bags and an iron, a dull knife, clean absorbent towels, and a sponge. Cleaning solutions can often be made from mixtures of water, dish detergent, and vinegar, but it’s also good to keep some dry cleaning solution on hand just in case.

2. How often should I clean my upholstery?
Experts recommend that homeowners should invest in professional carpet and upholstery cleaning services at least once every year to year and a half, but you should try to keep it clean yourself in the meantime. It’s important to tend to spills immediately. The longer a stain sits, the harder it’s going to be to get it out.

3. How can I prolong the life of my upholstery?
There are a few ways that you can prolong the life of your upholstery and keep it looking newer, longer. The first thing you need to do is keep it clean using the tips above. You should tend to it often with spot cleaning and get it professionally cleaned every once in awhile, but turning the cushions can also help. Do this weekly or monthly to help the cushions wear evenly. Another thing to keep in mind is fading: investing in curtains that can be drawn during especially sunny periods of the day will help reduce furniture fade.

Do you have any tips or advice about how to clean upholstery? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.

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