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Sofa, so good! Know the basics of furniture and upholstery cleaning

Your sofa is one of the most used pieces of furniture at home, especially now that everybody’s encouraged to stay at home to avoid catching the virus. Since it’s where you lounge while snacking on some chips and juice, it’s only appropriate to clean your sofa every once in a while.

If you’re planning a DIY cleaning project, then this guide’s for you! Read on and try your hand at removing sofa stains as well as cleaning car seat upholstery.

Are your sofa stains staying?

Fret no more! For this project, prepare a dry brush, vacuum, baking soda, water, cleaning solution, and a towel. This quick and easy DIY guide will clean your worries away along with tough stains on your sofa. Get going and read on!

#1 ADDRESS THE PROBLEM ASAP. Don’t wait for an hour or a day to pass before you get down to business. The longer you wait, the more the stain settles in, and the more difficult it’ll be to remove the stain. You don’t want this to happen!

#2 READ RECOMMENDATIONS. Care instructions are provided for by the manufacturer, so just look for the tag on the sofa and read it. This is to make sure that whatever cleaning products you’re planning to use on your furniture won’t damage your sofa permanently.

#3 THE RANDOM LETTERS AREN’T RANDOM. We’re talking about your sofa’s cleaning codes, which are indicated by letters on the sofa tags. W means water-based cleaner, meaning you should only be using cleaning solutions whose main component is water. S/W is for solvents and water-based cleaners; it means it’s safe to use both water-based cleaners and solvents. S means solvents; it’s a solution whose main component is a cleaning chemical. Not so random now, right?

#4 BRUSH IT OFF. Remove loose particles using a dry brush to bring the dirt to the surface and help with loosening the stain.

#5 SUCK IT UP. Use a vacuum to clean up the loose particles and crumbs. This will help you get a clearer field and identify which stains are really hard to remove. You can also use the vacuum to get to tough corners where your brush can’t reach.

#6 BAKING SODA IS YOUR SAVIOR. This helps with deep-set stains. Mix equal parts baking soda and water in a bowl, and apply it to the area with stains. Let sit for 20 minutes. Check to see if the stain has lightened up, and then brush the area or use your vacuum to clean it up.

 

#7 IF IT’S STILL THERE… Prepare to use the recommended cleaning solution on stubborn stains. But before that, do a patch test first: apply cleaning solution on a small area on the couch (preferably somewhere that people won’t see, in case it leaves a mark). This is to check if the solution you’ll be using would cause discoloration on your sofa. If it’s safe, make sure to read and follow the instructions on the cleaning solution’s packaging. Don’t experiment and definitely don’t mix two different solutions together!

#8 ALMOST THERE! Once you’re finished with the cleaning solution, use a soft towel to dry the fabric of the sofa. Be gentle with wiping to avoid leaving unwanted strokes and marks on the furniture. If any cleaning solution remains, use a brush to gently scrub it away.

#9 AIR IT OUT. Let it dry overnight. When morning comes, prepare to have a freshly-cleaned sofa!

If you don’t want the tedious process of brushing and spraying cleaning solution all over your sofa, you can also opt to use a steamer. It basically follows the same process: you vacuum before steaming to remove loose particles, you use the steamer on the sofa fabric, and then you vacuum again after steaming. Just make sure to read your steamer’s instructions and do a patch test before going all-out. If that doesn’t work, you can always call the experts, like mold inspection Toms River.

Car Seat Upholstery Cleaning

Now is the best time to clean your car seats since you’re probably not using your car too much because of the stay-at-home measures. Take note that the cleaning method for leather and cloth car seats are different, so make sure to check the tags, too. But the basic item you’ll be needing for this project is a stiff brush attachment so you could use your vacuum cleaner to suck out the loose particles and dust that had accumulated on your car seats.

Cloth Car Seat Cleaning

More or less the easiest fix on this guide, cleaning your cloth car seat only requires basic household items. Grab some dish soap (½ tbsp), vinegar (½ cup), and water (1 cup), and mix them well. Put the solution in a spray bottle and apply on stains. Have a wet microfiber cloth in hand to dab on the stain until it’s gone.

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