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Grandmother Staying With You Awhile And Is A Clean Freak? Tips On Cleaning Upholstery Furniture

If your grandmother is visiting you and staying for a while, you need to get your home ready. This is especially true if they are the type of person that has to have the home clean all the time.  If your furniture upholstery has seen its better days, this can be an immediate eyesore for someone walking into the room. Fortunately, you do not have to go out and purchase new furniture, as there are ways you can get them clean.  The tips below will help you make your furniture look presentable to your grandmother.

Use a Vacuum

Before you get started, vacuum the furniture with your vacuum cleaner's hose attachment. This allows you to get down into the nooks and crannies to remove dust and other debris. Remove the cushions, if possible, and vacuum both sides of them.

Steam Clean

If you have stains like pee, dirt, food, coffee, fruit juice, and wine, steam cleaning will work great at removing them. You can rent a steam cleaner if you do not have one. Many grocery stores have them or you may be able to rent one from a home improvement store.

Read the Furniture Tag

Before you get started, read the furniture tag. This will tell you what products should not be used on the upholstery. There are codes on this tag that give you the information you need.

For example, W means water, which means any water-based cleaning product can be used. An S code means you should not use any type of water-based product but you can use a solvent, such as a dry cleaning solvent. If you see WS, this means you can use either water-based or solvent products. An X means you should hire a professional to clean the upholstery.

Use a Natural Product

First of all, never saturate the stain because it can get down into the padding, which would be very difficult to remove. Remember to go by the furniture tag when deciding which product to use.

If you can use water-based products, one product that can work well is by mixing warm water with mild laundry detergent. Dip a clean rag into the mixture and wring it out. Wipe the rag over the stains. If this does not work, you can try white distilled vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water and mix. Spray the stain and then gently rub with a damp, clean rag.

Purchase Products

If you still have stains on the upholstery, purchase a cleaning product at a home improvement store that is specifically design to clean the type of upholstery you have.  These generally work very well at removing most stains. Contact a business, such as Heritage Custom Furniture, for more information. 

If the upholstery is still not clean, you need to hire a professional to get the stains out for you. They have more powerful cleaning agents and equipment they can use.