Upholstered furniture can certainly add charm to your house, but it also requires constant time and care – it gets stained easily, and when not used for a couple of days it ends up covered in dust… keeping it clean might seem like a hassle.
But maintaining upholstery doesn’t have to be difficult – no need for special products or deep-cleaning days, just follow these simple tips.
Protecting your upholstery is your best defence against soiling and staining, especially if you have pets that are allowed on the furniture. All you’ll need is a protective cover which you’ll be able to wash and exchange when you need to – a simple throw or sheet for your sofa will do, but you can also buy covers matching with your upholstery fabric.
Also, to protect your upholstery from any oil and grease in the air, try shutting the door to your kitchen when cooking, and use a fan.
Dust isn’t easy to spot on upholstery, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. If it isn’t removed regularly, it will get into the fibres of the fabric and solidify, making it a lot harder to get rid of and causing the material to wear out a lot quicker.
So make sure you include your upholstery in your cleaning routine – vacuum it as often as you dust any other piece of furniture. If you’re worried vacuuming might damage the fabric, opt for an upholstery brush instead, although this might scatter the dust around. Turn over your sofa cushions and vacuum underneath them to remove any debris that might have been building up, and if you have pets, look out for the pet hair, and do your best to remove it all every time.
Air it out
It’s easy for odours to be absorbed by fabric upholstery, and, if you have pets or smoke, you know how frustrating it is trying to get the smell out, and never fully succeeding.
If you want to keep your furniture, carpets and curtains smelling fresh, make sure your rooms are properly ventilated, and, if you have a balcony or garden, make it a habit of airing out your upholstery about once a month. But be careful not to expose it directly to the sun for extended periods of time if you don’t want the fabric to fade.
If the odours persist, you can always use this DIY chemical-free fabric freshener to deal with them once and for all. All you’ll need is some baking soda, water, and an essential oil of your choice, and your house will be filled with a fresh and light scent, without harming the environment in the process.