Furniture Cleaning Guide: How to Keep Your Upholstery Looking Great
Your bed, cabinet, sofa, chairs, and other furniture are some of the most used items in your home. They get sat on, stepped on, slept on, and spilled on.
These items make your home feel alive and comfortable. You need a sofa for your living room to make it more welcoming, restful, and appealing. Similarly, beds and mattresses are necessary for the household to enjoy a good night’s sleep. It is for these reasons that you pick out furniture carefully.
But over time, your furniture will begin to look and feel unattractive and uncomfortable. This is due to normal wear and tear, but could also be the result if you don’t take care of them properly. Straightening the cushions, wiping the surfaces, and washing the sheets regularly can help, but often, what you really must do to keep them looking great always is to give them a deep clean.
So to keep your upholstery clean and well-maintained at all times, here is a furniture cleaning guide from reputable providers of cleaning services in Dubai that you can follow.
General Cleaning Tips
Different types of furniture will require specific cleaning methods, but there are also things that you must always do throughout the house. These include:
- Cleaning stains immediately. If you wait longer, the stain will settle deeper, making it more difficult to remove.
- Following cleaning instructions, both on the cleaning products you intend to use and on the furniture, you need to clean.
- Doing a pre-test on a small area before cleaning the rest of the furniture.
- Using cleaning products safely.
Did you know that an average person produces around 8 ounces of sweat every night? You may have never noticed that you are sweating every night because most of your sweat evaporates while a good portion is absorbed by your bed’s fabric. Your mattress will absorb even more sweat and dirt if your pet sleeps in your bed with you.
Add to that the dust mites, dead skin cells, and other offenders – and voila! You’ve got a bed that is quite gross.
Fortunately, regular cleaning will prevent the build-up of dirt, grime, and bacteria. In fact, this can even extend the lifespan of your mattress.
So make sure to vacuum your mattress regularly. For stains, hydrogen peroxide can help. Most importantly, wash your beddings, sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and mattress pads every week or so. Regular cleaning should be done not only for aesthetic purposes but for sanitary reasons as well.
Leather chairs and sofas are classy, professional, and comfortable. To guarantee that they remain in their excellent condition, make sure to clean them regularly.
But before getting started with the cleaning, check which type of leather you have. You can inspect their tags or perhaps look into the information provided by the manufacturer for any cleaning instructions.
Here are some leather sofa cleaning tips to consider:
- Use a clean cloth to wipe the sofa down at least once a week.
- Vacuum it regularly using suction that is not too strong to prevent damage. Also, use only the soft brush attachment to avoid scratches.
- Treat stains ASAP.
- For wet spills, blot the moisture using a paper towel before spot-treating it with a cleaner. But for solid spills like food, use a spatula to scoop up the food before treating the area with a stain remover.
- Don’t rub any staining agents as this can do more harm than good to your leather upholstery.
Mesh chairs are great because they offer ventilation by allowing airflow on your back. And since it prevents you from sweating while seated, this translates to less cleaning.
You just have to vacuum it to remove any dirt. For any remaining debris, you can use warm water and soap. When getting rid of stains and stubborn dirt, avoid scrubbing or rubbing your mesh furniture because this causes the mesh to fray.
If your furnishings are made of wood, cleaning them regularly is also important to boost their appearance. All you have to do is to dust the piece with a clean, soft cloth and furniture polish.
Don’t use any cleaning material that could scratch the wood. Also, stick with the first furniture polish you used because mixing chemicals will cause damage to the wood surface. For liquid spills, wipe them off immediately with a dry, clean cloth.
Regular dusting will leave your furniture clean and your home healthy. Studies have shown that dust is one of the primary causes of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The chemicals found in dust can trigger wheezing and allergies. So it is crucial to keep dust at bay.
Capturing the dust and removing it completely is the correct way to dust your furniture. And the best method for doing this is to use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. This can also be used for dusting silk plants, your beautiful lighting fixtures, walls, and lampshades with the right attachments. Don’t forget to change the filter as often as possible and keep the vacuum bags fresh for best results.
Dust cloths are great cleaning tools as well. Preferably, you should use a microfiber cloth as this attracts dust particles effectively. Before dusting, you should add drops of water, especially if you have allergies.
Steam cleaning is also one of the best cleaning methods you can use to get rid of dust and dust mites. Aside from being eco-friendly and cost-effective since the process only uses water, steam cleaners can also be used in different areas in your home.
Clean Furniture, Clean House
The frequency with which you need to clean your furniture will depend on how often you use them. Still, the best practice would be to rid them of dust, bacteria and grime at least once a week and deal with dirt or spots ASAP.
It is also highly recommended that you let professional cleaners deep clean your entire home, including your furnishings, on a regular basis, especially if you have a hectic daily schedule. Nothing beats the expertise and tools of these cleaning experts when it comes to keeping your home clean, tidy and healthy.
Mohamed Samad is the Founder & CEO of Matic Services. He started the company in 2016 after a series of small start-ups within the home services sector. Prior to that, Mohamed was Vice President at Greenstone Equity Partners, where he spent 24 months building the UAE business from 2011-2013 with its founder.