HOW TO KEEP YOUR FURNITURE SPICK AND SPAN: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FURNITURE CLEANING

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Buying your furniture is the fun part – cleaning it, not so much. While it may seem like a chore, your furniture needs just as much love and care as you do. After all, if you’ve spent a fortune on your favourite leather couch, you want it to last as long as possible.

But where do you even begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our furniture cleaning guide includes our best tips for keeping your furniture looking as good as new. So go on, get your cleaning supplies ready and brush up on these handy furniture cleaning tips!

Tips for General Care

Keep your furniture away from direct sunlight. UV rays tend to damage leather, wood, and fabric and can make them appear faded. If you do intend to keep your furniture outdoors, use a protective cover to keep it safe from the elements.

Be cautious with chemicals. While household chemicals and cleaners may work great on other items, they may react badly with the natural fabric of your furniture. So, it’s best to avoid them if possible.

Flip and Reverse. For furniture with removable cushions, turn them over regularly so that the wear and tear is evenly distributed. This will make your furniture last longer.

Tips for Cleaning Leather

Handsome leather furniture makes a room look classy and elegant. Since leather furniture doesn’t come cheap, it’s important to look after it so that it lasts.

While wear and tear is inevitable, with proper care, you can make sure your favourite sofa is Netflix-ready for years to come.

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Saddle soap
  • Water
  • Leather cream
  • A soft cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A cotton swab

How to Clean Leather:

Remember to regularly dust off your sofa and apply leather cream to keep it soft. This will also prevent any dirt and stains from sticking.

For mild stains, clean the area with a cloth dipped in warm soapy water. For stubborn stains, wipe the area down with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol.

Soak up any excess moisture with a dry cloth and leave the spot to air dry overnight. Apply leather cream to moisturize it once its dry. 

To avoid cracks and spots, buying the right leather is key. For example, aniline dyed leather furniture is designed to look worn so it will last longer.

The position also plays a role in the longevity of your furniture. Sunlight, air conditioning and radiators will dry out the leather so keep your furniture in a place that avoids direct contact with any of these elements.

Tips for Cleaning Wood

There’s a reason why wood is the most popular choice for furniture. Its durable and versatile. Be it light or dark finished, mid-century, modern or traditional, wood adds a timeless look to any room. 

What’s more, wood is also fairly easy to clean. Follow these steps to get started:

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Clear dish soap
  • Mineral spirits (optional)
  • Semi-solid furniture polish (optional)  
  • A cheesecloth (optional)

How to Clean Wood:

With a damp microfiber cloth, wipe down your furniture to remove any dust and grime. Follow with a dry microfiber cloth to remove any excess damp. You may also use the microfiber cloth for regular dusting.

In the case of sticky residue, fill a cup with water and a few drops of dish soap and clean the spot well before drying it off with a microfiber cloth. Test out a small area first to check if the finish gets removed in the process. Again, avoid soaking the wood in too much water. 

If this method doesn’t work, try rubbing it with a cloth soaked in mineral spirits. Do a spot test first to check that it doesn’t remove the finish. Out of luck? You may need to refinish the spot.

To keep up the shine, your wooden furniture may need to be polished regularly. Apply some silicone-free wax using a cheesecloth and then wait a few minutes before buffing it with a microfiber cloth. Avoid sprays which may leave residue behind.

Tips for Cleaning Glass

Glass-topped tables are a great addition to dining rooms and living areas. However, the transparency makes every speck of dirt stand out. Keep it looking clean with these simple steps.

Materials You’ll Need: 

  • Soft lint-free cloths
  • Hot water
  • A bowl
  • Dish soap
  • A spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Newspaper

How to Clean Glass:

Remove all objects on the surface of the table and then wipe off any dust with a lint-free cloth. Then, clean the glass with a mixture of dish soap and water or spray a vinegar and water solution on the table. Wipe it down with a damp cloth and finish with a dry lint-free cloth or a wadded-up piece of newspaper.

While you don’t have to clean the underside of the table as often, you should dust it off fairly regularly to keep it looking clean.

Tips for Cleaning Velvet

Velvet furniture looks lovely in a living space but it be quite tricky to clean. In addition to cleaning the fabric, you have to be nimble enough to avoid damaging the nap of the delicate fibres.

Before cleaning, you should find out what type of fabric your velvet is. Polyester and cotton velvet can be DIY-ed but leave rayon, acetate and silk velvet to the professionals.

Materials You’ll Need:

  • A soft cloth
  • An upholstery cleaner
  • Dry detergent
  • Dish soap

How to Clean Velvet:  

Firstly, test out an area on the back or underside of the sofa to prevent any discolouration. Then, apply the cleaner on the velvet with a soft sponge or cloth in the direction of the velvet pile. Vacuum and brush the velvet several times after cleaning it so that it looks neat.

For liquid spills, first soak up the moisture with a paper towel or cloth and remove any debris. Then, blot the stain until it disappears with a cloth soaked in dish soap and water. Dry the fabric quickly with a hair dryer or fan.

For dry cleaning, first soak up the moisture with a paper towel or cloth and then use a dry-cleaning detergent to sponge and blot the stain. Let it dry as quickly as possible using a hair dryer or fan. Then, use a soft brush to unmat the fabric if necessary.

Tips for Cleaning Wicker

Wicker furniture is an ideal choice for both indoor and outdoor furniture. These methods can be used for cleaning most types of wicker, however  special care may be required for certain wicker.

Materials You’ll Meed:

  • A microfiber/feather duster/soft cloth
  • Dish soap
  • A soft bristled paintbrush

How to Clean Wicker:

For general cleaning, remove and clean any cushions separately according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you regularly dust your furniture, you won’t have to do as many deep cleans.

For indoor wicker, remove heavy layers of dust using a soft bristled paintbrush and a toothbrush for the small gaps between the wicker and furniture frame. The best thing to clean with in these hard-to-reach spots is the brush attachment of your vacuum using the lowest suction option.

For thorough cleaning, wipe the wicker down with a slightly damp cloth soaked in soapy water and then again with a wet cloth. Mix a 25 percent white vinegar and 75 percent water solution to clear up mould and mildew.  

Outdoor wicker furniture can be cleaned using a solution of a quarter cup of dish soap to two cups of warm water. Clean the nooks and crannies with a brush then hose it down with a garden hose. Alternatively, you can use handheld steam cleaners.  Make sure to clean your wicker on a sunny or windy day to speed up the drying process.

Tips for Cleaning Sheepskin

Sheepskin is popular because of its coziness and comfort. It also has a modern and contemporary look. With a few basic instructions, you can clean your sheepskin in no time.

Materials You’ll Need

  • Detangling shampoo/soap
  • A bristle brush

How to Clean Sheepskin

Lightly vacuum your sheepskin rug or seat cover and then wipe it down with a cloth soaked in warm water. Apply shampoo or soap to the wash cloth and wipe it thoroughly from top to bottom, paying special attention to soiled areas. Reapply as required and then rinse it off with damp sponge or washcloth.

Finally, gently brush your sheepskin with a bristle brush. Use one that’s designed for dogs to remove tangles.

Conclusion

Keeping your favourite furniture clean will not only increase the longevity but also enhance the beauty of your home.

Involve the whole family to speed up the cleaning process. It’s not hard – just allocate an afternoon and turn up the music to make the task of cleaning more enjoyable. While you can do most of the cleaning yourself, there are occasions where you should leave it to the professionals. If your furniture is delicate or the stain is too stubborn, don’t shy away from asking for help. Happy cleaning!

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