How to Clean Upholstery in 3 Ways

Upholstery gets stains, dust and dirt like carpets too. Allergens, bacteria and toxic gases can be trapped deep in its fabric if not cleaned right away. As a homeowner, you can do the basic upholstery cleaning on your own just to make sure it’s kept cleaned every day. If the piece is an heirloom or a cherished gift, you should maintain its cleanliness so you can still have it around for a long time. The following are some of the ways you can clean your upholstery in just 15 minutes.  

Clean Upholstery 

Things You Need: 

  • Vacuum 
  • Can of compressed air 
  • White cloths 
  • Upholstery brush (horsehair) 
  • Gentle clear dish soap 
  • Small bucket 
  • Capture soil release pre-mist (for stains) 
  • Capture carpet and rug dry cleaner (for stains) 

Cleaning Methods: 

Suction (5 minutes) 

This procedure will last for about 5 minutes. Vacuum the upholstery from left to right using an upholstery attachment. Start at the top then work towards the bottom, overlapping the strokes. If the fabric of upholstery is delicate like linen and silk, make sure to set the suction to low. The left to right technique is vital for materials that hold on to dirt too much, materials like suede, chenille, corduroy and velvet. Click the crevice nozzle and vacuum around seams and under cushions. To blast dirt from button nooks and tufting, use the can of compressed air.  

Spot Removal (5 minutes) 

This method will take only 5 minutes too. Use the Capture Soil Release Pre-Mist on the stains on cotton, linen, polyester-acrylic and jacquard. To make sure, test the product first in an inconspicuous spot. Use the Capture Carpet to sprinkle the spots. To cover the stain, use the Rug Dry Cleaner and rub the powder gently into the fabric. After that, vacuum it. You can repeat the method if necessary. If the stain is still there even after two rounds of the cleaning, leave it and call a professional. For stains on vinyl and leather, spray Pledge on the cloth and rub the stained area. Avoid using cleaners that contain silicone when you’re cleaning these types of materials because the chemicals will tighten and crack the materials.  

Sudsing (5 minutes) 

To make a lot of suds, pour ½ tsp. of dish soap in a bucket then run it with warm water. Dip the hair horse upholstery brush in the suds and sweep the upholstery’s sections. Make sure to make light touches only, as if you’re brushing bread with little butter or frosting a cake. Avoid soaking the fabric. After the sudsing procedure, wipe the fabric gently with a damp and clean cloth. Wait for the upholstery to dry before you use it. If you want to do the same process on the other sides of the piece, do it next time until it is fully dry.  

Make sure to carefully follow what is mentioned here because upholsteries are delicate pieces. Some of them are antique and gifts which gives a classic look to your home. If you don’t know to clean it, call a professional for help.  

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