Our home is like our retreat, we want it to be the place where we feel most at ease and comfortable. And so, everything in our house should be in perfect condition. Cleaning the furniture does not have to be a annoying and time consuming task.
Even if your furniture is expensive, you picked it up at a tag sale, or its a precious family piece youll want it to be in good condition as years pass by. You just need to pay attention to some easy but regular steps, in order to keep your furniture looking beautiful for years.
One of the first things in making sure your furniture is protected, is to keep it away from heat sources or sunlight. These will dry out the wood, discolor upholstery or paint finishes, destroy upholstery fibers.
Unfortunately, most of us had the surprise to discover a water mark on our dinning table , or a spot on the family couch. You cant prevent it from happening, but you can fix it! Here are some tips on keeping your furniture clean and neat, to preserve its beauty for years.
It is not necessary to buy expensive cleaning products in order to get great results. All is at hand. some vinegar, a cotton cloth, a vacuum cleaner, a sponge, Dish washing detergent, that is all you need to keep your furniture clean.
The first thing in keeping wood furniture looking its best is: shelter it from excessive light and humidity changes! A major factor in wooden furnitures deterioration, is a high level of humidity.
To keep your furniture looking great, its a good idea to dust it regularly. When it comes to cleaning your furniture, theres no such thing as too much. Dust frequently! Its not a good idea to use a feather duster as it will only throw dust in the air, plus a quill could scratch the surface of the furniture.
Be careful about using water when you clean your furniture. Dont soak or wet clean wood. Water will often cause staining or swelling, when it penetrates the finish.
One way of cleaning your furniture without damaging it is to use a cotton cloth. Some say that a dry cloth will not clean well, and that you ought to moisten it just enough to make the dust adhere to it.
One of the primary things you should do to keep your leather furniture looking good, is the same as for wood furniture: Protect it from sun and heat, and from humidity changes. In time, leather can crack or dry, so its recommended to keep it at least 2 feet from heat.
For the best results use a soft cotton cloth or a damp sponge. Dont use detergents when cleaning leather. Make a solution of dish washing liquid and warm water. Use the suds only, wipe softly with a soft-bristled brush and then clean with a damp cotton cloth or a sponge.
For persistent stains, use a mix of 1/4 white vinegar and 3/4 water, and clean with a soft cotton cloth.
Apart from the first rule for preserving your upholstery : keep away from sunlight, its advisable to vacuum the upholstered furniture regularly.
To clean stains use a combination of laundry detergent or dish detergent to 1c warm water. Use only the foam and a cloth and rub a small part of the upholstery. Let dry for a few minutes, and if there is discoloration or shrinkage , then stop and get a professional to do it. If not, do the rest of the upholstery.
Stick to these easy to follow rules and your furniture will look beautiful for years. You dont have to spend a lot of time cleaning it, if you do it on a regular basis. This way you will not only save money, but you will have your favorite furniture for a long time.