Living room furniture is a big investment and it’s usually the most used furniture in a home. It’s where you entertain guests, spend quality time with the family and relax after a long day. Daily use can really take a toll on your furniture. But, there are some simple tricks to keep your living room furniture clean and looking new for years to come.
The key to keeping your living room furniture clean is to clean it regularly before the soil builds up. Vacuum your furniture at least once a week and remember to vacuum between the cushions and in the crevices. If you use a brush attachment on your vacuum, make sure that it has soft bristles. Stiff bristles can damage, or break the threads in the fabric and you will end up with a hole in your upholstery.
No harsh chemicals
Avoid using any type of harsh chemicals on your living room furniture. Upholstery cleaners that contain toxins and harsh chemicals can actually permanently damage the fabric. Some of these cleaners will even remove the protective coating that helps the fabric resist stains and soil. Not only will the upholstery be more susceptible to stains and soil, it will start to look dull and worn rather quickly.
Avoid steam cleaning
While steam cleaning might sound like a great way to remove stains and dirt, it can literally destroy your furniture. It can take days for the piece to fully dry and in the meantime, the excess moisture is doing it’s damage. Even if the surface of the upholstery feels dry, there can still be moisture deep down in the stuffing. It can cause your furniture to smell, promote the growth of molds and mildew and even cause the fabric to rot.
Clean spills immediately
If you use your living room a lot, spills can be hard to avoid. While a spill can permanently damage the fabric, don’t panic. Clean it up immediately so that it doesn’t soak deep into the fabric. Use a clean, white cloth so that any dyes in the cloth don’t leak into the upholstery. Blot the spill from the edge to the center to keep from spreading the liquid.
If the spill is solid, use a spoon or other flat object to scrape up the excess before cleaning. Whether it is liquid or solid, never rub a spill. It will only push the stain further into the fabric. Clean the spot with soap and warm water and rinse the cloth frequently. If you clean it as soon as possible, a little soap and warm water will almost always remove the spot.
Use warm water
Many spills can be cleaned with warm water. If you do need to use soap, choose a mild soap and use a small amount. Soaps that create a lot of suds will leave a residue on the fabric that will attract dirt. And, avoid using regular tap water if possible. Tap water contains minerals that can leave a ring on the fabric.