Did you know you can remove dirt and stains from upholstery with homemade cleaning products?
You will be surprised that all the home cleaning supplies you will ever need for your furniture are readily found in your pantry or local grocery. While there are various brands of cleaning products available in the market, many of these contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to you and your household. There are companies who offer upholstery cleaning services but not without a cost. Major furniture cleaning services are best scheduled on an annual basis to maximize the cost of house cleaning. If you just spilled something on the sofa, check the labels to see what emergency cleaning procedures you can do using homemade products.
Remedies for Cleaning Leather
Leather easily absorbs body oils and sweat. To make your leather furniture look fresh again, try this natural cleaner. Mix ¼ cup vinegar, ¼ cup olive oil, and 10 drops of lemon essential oil in a bowl. Vacuum your leather furniture to remove surface dirt before you start cleaning it with the solution. Dip a fresh paper towel into the vinegar and oil mixture and rub it onto the leather upholstery with a gentle circular motion. The vinegar removes oils and stains, while the oil conditions the leather. The lemon essential oil leaves your furniture with a fresh scent. Wipe it dry using another clean paper towel.
Homemade Cleaning Products for Faux Suede
When dealing with dirt on faux suede upholstery there are a few house cleaning products you can use. You may use non-bleach liquid soap, preferably the one without dyes. Mix 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap to 1 cup of water. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture, enough to moisten the cloth and gently rub it on the soiled area. Finish it by blotting the area dry with a dry and clean cloth.
You can also use baking soda as a dry-cleaning process. If the stained area is still wet, blot it dry first, then sprinkle baking soda onto the stain. Use a soft toothbrush to work on the stain in circular motions. Sweep off the baking soda. Repeat as necessary. Baking soda can also help eliminate odors from faux suede upholstery.
Remedies for Cleaning Wood Furniture
Wood furniture shows signs of age and wears through time. Dirt, grime, and scratches can make even the finest wood look ugly and cheap. Use this homemade solution to clean and polish your wood parts of your furniture. Mix 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a spray bottle. Shake well, then spray it directly on a wide wood surface of your furniture or directly on a clean cloth. Rub the area for cleaning. Vinegar removes oils and dirt, while the olive oil polishes and conditions the wood.
With these suggestions, you can easily give your furniture, upholstery, and home a green clean. Not only are these economical, these are also environment-friendly and safe for the family. If you need a more thorough cleaning for tough dirt and years of stains, call a professional furniture cleaning service at least once a year. Annual cleaning will also help rid your upholstery from allergens.