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DIY: How to Clean Upholstery in 15 Minutes or Less

Upholstered furniture requires regular upkeep to sustain its beautiful looks. Here, we will make you learn about the quick DIY to Clean your upholstery with regular spot cleaning, vacuuming, and even steaming with the most appropriate products and tricks.

What you will need

For dirt removal:

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Some clean white cloths
  • A can of compressed air (like Dust-Off Duster)
  • Gentle clear liquid dish soap
  • A horsehair upholstery brush
  • A small bucket.

For stains:

  • Rug Dry Cleaner
  • Capture Soil Release Pre-Mist
  • Capture Carpet

5- Minutes of Suction

Linking the upholstery attachment, shortly move the vacuum left to right, coinciding strokes, beginning from the top of the piece and running down towards the bottom in work. Make sure to set the suction to low for exquisite or extremely delicate fabrics like linen, silk, crepe or cotton –polyester blend.

This left-to-right trick is particularly significant for absorbent materials that easily attract and sink in the dirt, like corduroy, velvet, chenille, and suede. Click in the crevice faucet (if you’re concerned about gulping up coins, pins, then cover it with a piece of old stockings secured with a elastic band); vacuum under pillow puffs, cushions, seat covers and around the seams. After this use a can of compressed air to blare up the dirt from seizing and button nooks.

5 - Minutes of Spot Removal

Outbreak on the stains on cotton, linen, jacquard, jute and polyester-acrylic blends with Capture Soil Release Pre-Mist. Make sure to first Test in an unobtrusive spot. Then spray with just sufficient of Rug Dry Cleaner and Capture Carpet to conceal the stain; mildly rub the powdered compound into the fabric with a clean dry fine cotton cloth, then vacuum. Repeat the steps if required. If the stain still persists to stay after two rounds of repetition, leave it solo or you might risk the fabric; hire an equipped professional if you cannot live with it. For stains on vinyl and leather, spray Pledge on a cloth and gently rub the part. Wipe off properly with a dry cloth so no left over remains. Do not use cleaners consisting silicone—they shut out the openings of vinyl flooring and leather, causing them to compress, harden and probably crack.

5 Minutes of Sudsing*

Spill about ¼ tablespoon dish soap in a little bucket; pour warm or little hot water into the bucket to produce lots of suds (lather). Dip a soft upholstery brush in the suds (lather) only—do not immerse it completely—and span the fabric in small portions, with a gentle touch (as if you are garnishing a dish). For a change, less is more here; you do not need to bathe the fabric. After you have sudsed (lathered) the whole piece, wipe off the fabric with a clean, wet cloth. Leave the upholstery to dry 100% prior to using the piece again. If you also realize the need to wash the other sides of the cushions, do it the following day, when the front fabric of the piece is completely dry.

Note: Take care & check if you can use water on the particular upholstery because some labels restrict using water on upholstery. In that case, you can vacuum and spot-clean, but skip out on the sudsing— excess of water is no positive on your upholstery. Call a pro for a deeper cleaning, dry cleaning can be done at home in these simple steps in just 15 minutes.

Note: If a piece is a cherished antique chesterfield or rather costly, hire a professional before trying to clean it yourself.