Brighten Your Home with These Furniture Cleaning Tips

22 February, 2018

There’s nothing like a deep cleaning to give you a mood boost and make your home sparkle. But different types of furniture require different types of care. And even those who are most loyal to their Saturday chores may find their space looking a little dull after a while.

Here are some tips for getting any type of furniture back to peak condition.

Cleaning Upholstery

Cleaning upholstery by hiring a professional can be an expensive undertaking, but luckily any layman can do the job by learning a bit about different fabrics. Upholstery tags can be an excellent indicator of how to care for your sofa or chair, so start by looking for a tag to advise on how to clean your piece.

Make your own water-based upholstery cleaner by mixing one cup of water with ¼ cup of dish soap. Beat the liquid with a mixer until it turns into a thick foam. Soon you’ll use this mixture to clean the cushions, but first make sure to vacuum all sides of cushions and detach anything that can be taken off the furniture.

First, use the cleaner in a discreet place to make sure your fabric does not water stain or have any other unpleasant changes. Use a soft-bristled brush to rub the foam around on the cushions in a circular motion, especially focusing on any furniture stain areas. Then remove all the foam and wipe away with a washcloth. Keep liquid and foam away from wooden parts of the furniture. Allow the cushions to dry before replacing.

Cleaning Wood Furniture

Years of polish buildup will leave your furniture looking dull, so the first step is to remove old polish by soaking a washcloth in tea and wiping it aggressively on the furniture. You can even remove water stains with the help of non-gel toothpaste wiped around the spot with a washcloth. Ink marks and other stains can be removed with one tablespoon of baking soda mixed with one teaspoon of water.

Once your furniture is free of stains, watermarks, and built-up polish, it’s time to add a new layer of polish. Use lemon oil or one cup of olive oil mixed with ¼ cup white vinegar to buff until shiny.

Cleaning Metal Furniture

Cleaning metal coffee tables, dining tables, or other furniture is a relatively easy task since it can be done with materials you most likely already have at home. For steel, galvanized metal, or tin, you can simply dust the surface, run a wet cloth over the top, and finally use a general household cleaner to pick up spots or spills. Toothpaste or stainless steel cleaner can be used for added shine.

If you have a copper table top, cleaning will be a slightly different process. In this case, you will need to use cleaner specifically made for copper furniture. Another option is to cut a lemon in half and dip it in salt to scrub the surface clean.

With these tips, we’ve covered how to clean living room furniture of all types. It may be overwhelming to think about cleaning your furniture, but with additional information and tips it’s something that can easily be done. Hopefully cleaning your furniture will be a less overwhelming task from here on out.