Clean and bright furnishings can liven up every part of your house. Soft and pleasing fabrics, covering your furniture in a variety of colours and patterns are enough to bring in a feel of fun and frolic. While everyone enjoys their pleasant feel, cleaning soft furnishings can prove to be a hassle. However, keeping your furnishings clean and tidy is not as difficult as it might seem, as you can maintain their beauty and charm for a long time to come with a few simple and useful tips.
The most effective way of maintaining clean furnishings is to not let them get dirty in the first place and this is possible by adopting some preventive measures. Usually vacuums are used only on the floors, but they can give amazing results by prolonging the life of your furnishings. The specially designed attachment for upholstery can be used for weekly vacuuming the delicate furnishings. It can reach sneaky areas as well, where dirt and dust usually collects.
If possible, avoid eating or drinking in the living area, especially if you have small children. Drippings of food and drink spillages can take away the cleanliness of the furnishings, making them look dirty. This also leads to more frequent washing, which can make the fabric appear shabby. Adopting this rule can prove to be highly useful in keeping the furnishings and furniture clean.
In case a spill has happened on your furniture, then remove it as soon as possible, as even a few minutes of delay is enough for it to set in. Make use of a clean cloth or paper towel to blot dry the stain. Do not make the mistake of rubbing the spill, as it can smudge into something larger and become more difficult to get rid of.
If blotting does not help, then it is time to use cleaning solution for removing the stain. However, before doing this, make sure to read the care label attached to the furnishing to know the wash care instructions written on it and then clean the fabric accordingly. From this label you can come to know if the fabric can be cleaned using solvents, water based cleaners or either. Before applying the cleaning solution on the entire fabric, it is suggested to test it on a small patch. Leave it for about thirty seconds and then examine the fabric carefully for any adverse impact.
It is a common practice among people to use a lot of cleaning solution or water for cleaning the stain, as they believe it will ensure faster and better cleaning. However, this is not true and can often make the stain worse. Thus, avoid using such practises or any other method, for cleaning or drying the stain faster.
While the above mentioned ways are usually enough to clean the furnishings, deep cleaning is required once or twice a year to ensure proper cleaning. Cleaning soft furnishings requires extra care to maintain their appearance and feel. In case you are not sure about the right cleaning method, then get in touch with professionals to know about the best approach for soft and delicate furnishings.