Best ways to improve upholstery
You may be tempted to skip your upholstery cleaning and just deal with the stains—and that could be a mistake. Even if you don’t think you have a lot of upholstery in your home, it’s likely that you have at least some pieces that need attention. Even if you’re not sure where they are, there’s always room for improvement.
The good news is that it’s possible to care for your Upholstery without using harsh chemicals and without damaging the fabric or leather. Here are 27 tips to get you started:
Some tips to improve upholstery.
- Make sure your sofa is clean before using any cleaning products on it. Some sofas have special fabrics that can be damaged by cleaners, so make sure they’re spotless before trying anything new on them.
- Don’t use too much water when cleaning the cushions or seats of your furniture. This can cause a buildup of moisture in the stuffing and lead to mold growing inside the fabric when left untreated (not good!). Instead, use a damp cloth or sponge with mild detergent for spot cleaning or spray down furniture with water before wiping off any leftover cleaner with another damp cloth or sponge (don’t soak).
- If you do use chemicals on upholstery
- Throw away the pillowcase.
- Wash the cushion cover and let it dry completely before you put it back in the cushion.
- Vacuum your cushions once a week, or more often if you have pets or kids that like to play on them!
- Use a stain remover spray on any stains you find in your upholstery, such as coffee or wine spills.
- Use an upholstery buffer to remove stubborn wrinkles from your cushions or sofa back pillows and remove small stains that may still be there even after you’ve washed them.
- Dust your furniture with a soft brush before vacuuming, especially under the arms and in crevices where dust and hair can collect over time (like behind chairs).
- Brush off any dirt that’s stuck under furniture with a vacuum cleaner before vacuuming again so you don’t end up with more dirt than you started with!
- Use an old toothbrush to scrub areas where pet hair might get trapped (like underneath couches) because it will dislodge any loose hairs without damaging the fibers underneath
- Clean the upholstery with a mild detergent and water.
- If you have pets, remove pet hair from the upholstery with a vacuum or a lint roller.
- Vacuum all of the dust from the upholstery, including under furniture and along baseboards.
- Wipe down your car with a damp cloth before you begin cleaning it to remove any oil or grease on the surface of your car that could stain it during cleaning and make it easier for dirt to stick to it when you are done cleaning.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with an attachment that is designed specifically for upholstery, such as an upholstery attachment, if you have deep pockets in your seats or arm rests that need to be cleaned out thoroughly before proceeding further into the upholstery itself (see also: How to Clean Car Seats).
- Pour some household bleach into a bowl of cool water and add 2 cups of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and mix until all three ingredients dissolve completely in the bowl of water (make sure not to mix them too vigorously or else they will become foamy). Pour this mixture over any stains or dirt on your upholstery and let sit for about 20.
Upholstery is the most important piece.
The upholstery in your home is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your living room. It’s where you spend the most time, and it’s a big part of what makes your house feel like home. So it’s important that you take good care of it.
It’s especially important to keep upholstery clean because dirt and dust can ruin the appearance of your entire room. They can also cause a lot of irritation for people with allergies or asthma.
If you let your upholstery get dirty?
If you let your upholstery get dirty, it will start to look dull and worn out after just a few months. In addition to that, it won’t match any other pieces in your home because they all have to be different colors and materials based on their design and function.
- Replacing worn cushions and springs
- Removing stains on upholstery
- Making your own fabric and upholstery coverings at home
- Protecting your furniture from humidity, extreme temperatures and UV rays
- Enhancing the look of your furniture with decorative pillows, throws or drapes
- Fixing upholstery that has been damaged by pets, children or insects
- Repainting your furniture to bring out its natural beauty