You all know how easily the upholstery on your chairs and sofas can get dirty, not to mention the car seats that are always prone to getting dirty. The secret to a clean upholstery is to act fast and remove the stains before they reach deep into the fabrics, but what happens when you can’t clean it right away or when we are talking about massive dirt? Luckily, any upholstery can look like new regardless how dirty it was if you know the following 3 simple steps to clean it.
If you are trying to clean old and dusty upholstery, you need to perform a simple, yet efficient operation, which is vacuuming the upholstery. The absorbing power of the vacuum cleaner attracts even the most stubborn stains and dirt, leaving the upholstery looking brand new. Vacuuming the pieces of upholstery for five minutes will allow you to remove the dirt from the narrowest and most hidden corners and seams. Use the brush attachment of your regular vacuum cleaner to give the upholstery a nice finish.
The worst part about upholstery getting dirty is its thickness which absorbs the dirt in depth, especially if you spill a liquid over the fabric. It’s best that you clean the stain immediately so that it won’t become too deep, but you can’t always clean it right away and the stain may become harder to remove. The first thing you have to do is soak the stain so that the dirt will become softer and easier to remove. It’s best that you use warm water with some dishes detergent that will soften the stain and will allow you to remove it easily. As an additional tip, you can use a clothes steamer that uses a powerful steam flow that penetrates the upholstery in depth. The hot steam soaks the stain and allows you to remove dirt, dust, allergens, and bacteria from the upholstery for a thorough cleaning. Moreover, the steam will also destroy mold or any bacteria that could cause unpleasant smells.
Once you have soaked the stain, it’s time to rub it gently in order to get it out of the fabric. For this, you will need a soft damp cloth and you have to be very careful not to spread the dirt to a wider area. Wrap the cloth to your index finger and start rubbing the stain from the outside to the inside so that the dirt will come upwards instead of spreading to the edges. Repeat the rubbing with gentle gestures until the stains starts to come out. Avoid using a brush that will spread the dirt on a wider surface.