Tips on keeping your upholstered furniture clean

Remember when you bought your sofa? How nice, clean and new it looked? You swore that you were going to treat this one right. The kids would not be allowed to eat or drink on it and the pets would not be allowed to sleep on it. Then by the end of that first week, it has had a bowl of Lucky Charms dumped on it and the cat has taken up permanent residence on the left arm of the sofa!

Well, today I am sharing with you some tips on how you can keep your upholstered furniture clean. The cushions, the pillows, and the whole area, in general, will stay looking good and also feel good for many, many years as long as you treat it just right. Best of all it is not hard or very time consuming at all!

Vacuum On A Regular Basis

I cannot stress this one enough and if you do this, you will extend the life of your upholstered furniture for many years. I am not talking about just picking up the vacuum and running it along the sofa, I am talking a real cleaning here. Use the wand/hose that your vacuum has and clean each cushion, get in the crevices and take as much care cleaning the area as you would the floor. Many people have issues with their upholstered furniture because they do not clean them enough. If you have kids this is especially true as they have a habit of spilling stuff and just leaving it. Or even worse they ram it down the sides of the sofa!

Get A New Vacuum

If the vacuum cleaner you have is not cutting the mustard when it comes to getting rid of things like pet hair, consider getting a new vacuum. One that has various attachments like a pet tool and a crevice tool is ideal. I found that when we got a new vacuum and it had all these little attachments, it made cleaning the upholstery so much easier and it also actually made sure the whole area got a real good cleaning. A cordless vacuum will usually give you more flexibility as opposed to being tied to a cord.

Put Pillows In The Dryer

Now, before you do this make sure that the throw pillows you have are able to go in the dryer, chances are that they will be able to. What this does is, first of all, it will get rid of any dust and dirt that is on them. It is also going to give them a real good fluffing and make sure that they are nice and soft for you when you are kicking back watching Netflix. I used to make the mistake of ignoring the pillows, tossing them on the floor while I vacuumed the sofa! Do not make that mistake, show your pillows some love.

Protect Your Upholstery

You may have visions of the awful plastic sofa protector that your grandma used to have. You know the type? It is see-through, it feels hot and sweaty in the summer and cold as ice in the winter. Well thankfully, upholstery protectors have come a long way over the years. You can get some very nice ones for the arms of your sofa that will keep them clean when the kids wipe their face, hands and yes even their nose on them. Plus they are great if the cat likes to sleep there as you can throw them in the washer when they are dirty. I know that this is not for everyone, but if you really want to make sure you get many years of use out of your sofa, protection may be something to consider.

Treat Any Spills Right Away

If you spill your morning tea or your late night white wine, clean that mess up right away and clean it properly. Far too many nice cushions have been lost and have had to be turned over forever because of a spill. The hardest part of this is the kids and pets. There is not really anything you can do about the pets. When it comes to the kids, you really need to make sure they let you know right away if they spill anything on the sofa and that they know not to just leave it or even worse, try and hide the evidence somewhere else on the sofa!

Try And Keep It Out Of Sunlight

We are not talking about protecting a Mogwai here! We used to have a very nice sofa in the backroom. Now, this was not the most expensive sofa in the world, but it was comfortable and I loved the design it had. Unfortunately, we decided to make the backroom a “sun room” for the summer months and took down the large curtains. The sofa being in constant sunlight resulted in nearly ¾ of it becoming really faded and dull looking. I swear it was not as comfortable either, but my other half says that was my mind playing tricks. The point I am making is, think about where you are placing your sofa and try to not allow the sun to beat on it all day as it will start to fade.

Call In Someone Who Knows What They Are Doing

In all honesty, as long as you vacuum the sofa regularly, you will find that keeping your upholstered furniture clean is not hard at all. While I think that a vacuum cleaner with a range of attachments is the way to go. If you find that cleaning the upholstery is the last thing on Earth you want to do, a last resort can be calling in a professional to make sure it is cleaned. They will know exactly what they are doing and have it as clean as possible. This, of course, will not be cheap, but it is always an option if you do not feel you can get it as clean as you would like.

There you have it! See I told you that keeping the upholstery was not that hard. Keeping on top of the cleaning and making sure you deal with any “accidents” as soon as possible are the man ways to keep your upholstered furniture looking awesome.

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How to Measure Your Space Before Furniture Shopping

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Once you know which furniture pieces to buy first, it’s time to do one of the few exciting activities for first-time or new homeowners—furniture shopping.

However, you cannot do that without the right numbers. Whether or not you managed to purchase a fully-furnished space, measuring your home or condo’s area is a must.

After all, you’re still bound to buy stuff for your place that will occupy a specific area, and you best be prepared and know if it will fit perfectly. Otherwise, you risk the hassle of returning those things.

When furniture shopping, make sure to have a list of measurements with you. These measurements include not only the size of the furniture you need, but also other specifics that will make shopping and shipping easier.

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Having a blueprint or floor plan of your home can also help you see the big picture before making the furniture purchase.

  1. Measuring the Furniture

Sofa: The width of the couch is its widest point or from one arm to another. Measure the back’s highest point down to the floor to get height.

Depth is measured by from the outside edge of the seat to the back. Diagonal depth, meanwhile, is measured by placing the tape measure from the top back of the frame to the bottom front.

For a sectional sofa, the overall length is from the one arm to the other, plus the corner chair. Width, meanwhile, is the total measurement of the components along the back.

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Cabinet: Height is the vertical measurement from the floor to top. Width is the cabinet from front to back. Length is simply the one side to the other.

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Bed Frame: This is measured almost the same way as a cabinet, except you need to make sure that the headboard or the canopy is not taller than the ceiling and does not interfere with any ceiling fixtures.

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  1. Measuring the Room

You need to make sure that there is enough space in the room to place the furniture you bought. Aside from that, all other details in it should also be measured.

  • Measure the length and width of the room and the height of the walls. Standard height size of the ceiling is around 8 feet, but newer models may have higher or lower ceilings.
  • Make sure that its location won’t obstruct the doorway, window, fireplace, outlet, or any other features in the room. It should be at least 40 inches away from any entrance.
  • If you’re placing the furniture against the wall with windows, get the distance of the window from the floor and its width and total height.

Having a clearance space between the furniture and the walls of the room or other furniture is also worth noting:

  • Dining Table: Leave at least 36 inches between so that your chairs can slide out quickly and there’s enough space to walk around.
  • Dining Chairs: Keep at least 20 inches between chairs for elbow room.
  • Living Room: Allot 18 inches between table and sofa to give you enough legroom, while allowing you to reach out to the table comfortably.
  1. Measuring the Entry Points

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How can your new furniture get inside your home for you to use it if it won’t even fit through the door? Take note of the entry points, passages, and stairways where stuff will pass through to reach the area of your home where it’s going to be placed.

  • When measuring, make sure to get the actual width, height, and diagonal width. For staircases, measure diagonally, too.
  • Take note of any corners as well.
  • Doors should be measured for height and width, as well as diagonally from top left to bottom right. Make sure to measure inside the door frames, too.
  • Obstructions on the way like light fixtures, railings, and other fixed appliances can potentially damage your furniture, which may incur additional costs for you.
  • Ideally, anything that you would buy should have a clearance of at least 4 inches less than the passage’s measurements so that the delivery people can move around.

Keep these tips in mind to make furniture shopping a breeze!

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About the Author

Oscar Florea

oscarOscar is a content contributor for Avida’s lifestyle blog Pursuit of Passion. He is an engineer by profession but a multipotentialite by destiny. Just like a normal dude in a basketball-crazy country, one of his passions is shooting hoops. Grant Hill is the older brother he never had.

 

3 Types of Entertainment Units Are Available, Which One Do You Have?

Entertainment units are a type of furniture. These are used to keep or to place the entertaining devices such as television, Radios, Compact Disk players, DVDs, Tape Recorders and home theater system etc. Entertainment units are on par with cabinets as these also has drawers, Shelves, Doors and areas to serve your purpose. The reason for using this is to create a convincing feel for the viewer or the owner while relaxing.

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Entertainment units are not only meant for holding the entertainment appliances, but it also has to serve a major purpose of making the living room look elegant and to portray the overall look as rich and grand.

Different styles:

  • Traditional styled units will give a timeless appeal and rich look in wooden tones and provide the natural and solid appearance.
  • Rustic styled Units are otherwise called as the countryside design; this is somewhat old fashioned and vintage. Generally aged woods and metals are used to build this type of unit to provide the old and vintage feel to the house.
  • Contemporarily designed units are the present-day designs. Wood, metal and glass can be used to make this wall unit. The trendy design makes it look appealing and bold and it brings about a definite change for the house.

How are Entertainment Units made?

Before building an entertainment unit it is important to decide where to place it in the living space. The measurement size will be finalized only after knowing the available space to position the entire unit. After deciding the place in the living area, one has to decide the size of the unit. The size may cover the whole area available or people may prefer to leave some space. Then, the frame will be made based on the measurement using ample wood. After setting the frame, sub parts of the unit will be constructed. The shelves will be placed within the frame of the unit. The shelves will be attached using hard stick gums or the nuts and bolts based on the weight of the plywood or the material.

The sliders or the doors should be visually appealing as they will be the front portion of the entire unit. To fulfill this people, try to make them attractive by adding glasses or other decorative elements. The sliders should be made by using the Polyethylene sheets or colored wooden sheets based on the texture of the wall or the appliances that are to be placed within the unit. The drawers can be made by using single piece of wood, the reason is building the drawers with nuts and bolts will make it heavier.

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 An entertainment unit should be light and replaceable, but it also has to be firm and sturdy. To meet all the above needs the carpenter will select Douglas fir or Fir plywood as they are light and strong, this is used only for inner frame of the unit. The overall frame is being made by using hardwood for strong and firm structure, metals are also used to make the frame as they are stronger than wood and can tackles any kind of weather. But, the drawback is that it is hard to relocate. The shelves are made by using plywood or crates.  Plywood is the choice of most of the designers as it is sufficient to hold the weight of the entertainment appliances.

To make this entire unit attractive, glasses are majorly used. There are types of wood with vinyl coating or with colored texture that are used as decorative for the front portion of the unit.

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Painting Used Furniture

If you think of painted furniture as a scraped-up old chair you pick up at the flea market to put in the laundry room, think again. Painting used furniture has many benefits. It is great if you want to update your home on a budget, while keeping it stylish and is the most eco-friendly way to do so. It also allows you to get creative and add your own personality to your home. Consider it a work of art. Did you ever think of painted furniture as art? You don’t need to be especially artistically gifted to successfully create a conversation starter as well as a true work of art.

painting furniture 1Before you get started, take a mental survey of what it is that you want.

What piece of furniture do I want? Where is it going and what will it be used for?

Once you know what piece it is your painting, start thinking about the style of the piece.

What look are you going for?  If you don’t have an idea of the look you’re trying to achieve, then look on the internet for inspiration. Pinterest.com is an awesome site for ideas of all kind and will show you different styles of old furniture and what they look like painted.

Now that you have an idea of the style of the piece you are looking for, you can begin your furniture hunt.painting furniture 2

Start your search on Craigslist. Many people do not see the need for their grandmother’s 1940’s highboy dresser and are selling it for next to nothing. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Flea markets are also a good source but the prices can run a bit high.  Here at Furniture Works, we have a large selection of affordable used wood pieces, such as dressers, nightstands, and hutches. All of which can be repainted to look like a one of a kind designer piece.

The next step is choosing the colors and the design.

Choose a base color; buy some acrylic paint in a can and a good brush. Get a set of small bottles of acrylic paint in several colors at a crafts store and an inexpensive set of little brushes. Paint your furniture item. Acrylic dries quickly, so you’re ready to move on in half an hour.

painting furniture 3Use any colors you fancy. Bright, primary colors are favorites with kids. For your teen daughter, various pastel shades may be just the ticket. If you’ve chosen a dark green as your base color, a burnt orange can provide a nice contrast.

When you’re doing this type of painted furniture project, you can ad lib, painting an appealing shape wherever it pleases you. Maybe you’ll then outline that shape in a contrasting color. Painted furniture can be a kind of pop-art creation. Perhaps you want to paint a vine that drapes gracefully across the chair seat or runs across the table like a runner. How about stripes on the rungs of the chair? Anything goes. A geometric pattern can look very attractive, a la Mondrian.  If you are not so good with painting freehand, then create or download an attractive stencil. You can also find painted rollers with patterns on them at hardware stores.

There are some other tricks of the painted furniture trade you’ll want to explore while creating your work of art. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water and layered over another color, a bit like batik. A swath of light blue crossing over a purple area creates a new shade and added dimension. There are clear acrylic gels which you can use to dilute the color while retaining the same body of the full strength paint.  You can also create a cottage chic look by sanding the corners and edges lightly after the paint has dried. Experiment and have fun.painting furniture 4

When you’ve completed this first project, consider the possibilities.  Remember that practice makes perfect so plan ahead and practice your designs and experiment with colors on a piece of paper beforehand. This will ensure that you are satisfied with the piece and will encourage you to keep going. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t look like the pictures. Your piece is unique and it is a one of a kind created by you!

A painted furniture project is one you can put away and pick right back up when it’s convenient to your schedule. I can almost guarantee you’ll be eager to come back and work some more, because it’s a therapeutic and satisfying activity. Be forewarned that painted furniture projects can be addicting (at least, that’s what they say, I prefer the natural wood look), just for the pleasure of creating a little work of art.

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Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Teak Furniture with A Power Washer

Teak outside furniture has converted very popularly for its charming and straightforward appearance. This wood, beginning from South Asia, can be highly immune to the ingredients. Its color determination turns to a beautiful color of grey if not handled. But, it has to be washed periodically to maintain its beauty.

Teak is a working wood including an appealing honey color that gives it an attractive stock for outdoor furniture. This usually doesn’t require any extra protection from the segments than its original oils, except continued vulnerability to sunlight, changes its yellowish-brown tone to gray in smaller than a time. That graying is not a mistake; some even consider it a desirable quality. However, you can wash including sand the wood to recover its original color if wanted.

Gentle Cleaning is Advised

Secure to never practice any element cleaning liquid on teak wood. This best idea to retain outdoor teak appointments excellent including clean centres to use warm water also a soft soap liquid such while Murphy Oil Soap during wood roughly even merely liquid soap. Soak the furniture practicing a cloth including soapy water including rub lightly matching the wood grain areas.

Go Easy with Pressure Washing

If this furniture is filthy moreover hard to wash by hand, a light pressure coming from a nozzle of a garden hose is preferable for do the job. Working more than 1200psi pressure washer will occur in injuries to the teak wood. Avoid employing steel wool that damages the wood rather of cleaning brands off.

Hard spots need to be covered longer with more soap including water including rinse with moderate pressure into holes or underneath anywhere dirt banks. Of course, this is best to wash them and often, so it needs less time and reduces the risk of creating damages.

Whether this furniture is wood, synthetic either metal, the first impressions are forever the equivalent. Brush either vacuum off random debris, wash feather surfaces including soapy water including rinse thoroughly. Practice a hose provided with a nozzle, cool a power washer. Admittedly, using high-pressure water strength save you a few minutes of cleaning time, just there’s also much chance of damage.

Bleaching Tannin Stains

Later pressure washing, teak furniture should live in the dry air through at limited 48 hours before thou earth it. While it is exhausting, you may regard some problem spots, which you can get care of ere you sand it. A resolution of wood bleach comprising oxalic acid including water extracts tannin spots left by needles and garden trash. Wipe it on also let it absorb in till the brand is gone. Compensate the bleach by thoroughly washing that off including clear water about a resolution of 1/2-cup baking soda through the gallon of water.

Sanding for the Final Touch

Once this wood is hard, use sandpaper to complete the job of replacing the primary color of this wood. You can do a maximum of the ground by hand among 120-grit sandpaper, though if you prefer to utilize a machine, want any official palm-sized orbital sander. Have in understanding that sanding tools make miniature, circular scar marks, including you, will hold to delete these with hand-sanding between the next most engaging sandpaper, 150-grit. Once this wood has been replaced, it needs about eight either nine months during it to turn old again, so a regularly power-washing including sanding method should hold it seeing its immeasurable.

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