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Do you remember the days of a couch or armchair that looked brand new? Depending on the age and use of your furniture, those days might be long gone. Your fabric might be discolored, stained or have a powerful odor. Let’s be honest, no one wants to have upholstered furniture like this in their home.
While you can replace furniture with a new piece or have it reupholstered, there are some tricks you might want to try to bring it back to life again. Some you can do yourself and others might require a pro to help. Either way, try a few of these methods to refresh your upholstery before looking for something brand new.
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1. Create A Schedule
On your weekly chore list, you may regularly clean your bathroom and dust around the house, but where does upholstery cleaning fit in? While certain tasks don’t need to be done quite as often, you might want to create a schedule so you can keep furniture at its best. After all, you did make quite an investment in your furnishings. While spot-cleaning and vacuuming should be done weekly, a deep clean to get out all the dust and dander should be done at least once a year.
2. Vacuum Regularly
It’s a simple trick that not many homeowners work into their weekly routine; vacuuming. This is especially important if you have a pet. As most pet owners know, cat and dog hair can end up covering the upholstery. If you haven’t already, make the investment in a small hand vacuum or one specifically designed for pet hair. You’ll see an instant difference when you begin working this into your weekly cleaning routine, as well as removing allergens like dust from your home.
3. Eliminate Odors
Odors can linger in upholstery for a long time and sometimes, it seems like they only get worse! From set-in spills to lingering pet smells, upholstery can carry all sorts of scents. I suggested eliminating these smells before they start by sticking to an odor-eliminating routine of once or twice a month. There are commercial products available that can eliminate odors from upholstery, but if you prefer, this is certainly a task you can DIY with materials you have at home.
After your normal vacuuming routine, sprinkle baking soda over your upholstery. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes to absorb odors, but you may want to let it sit longer if the smell is strong. Vacuum your couch again, making sure that you’ve reached every spot where the baking soda was. Finally, create a fabric refresher spray by combining a half cup of water, a half cup of rubbing alcohol and your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. Mist over your upholstery and let dry for a fresh scent that will last.
4. Spot Clean As Needed
As part of your weekly routine, observe areas in your upholstery that need spot cleaning. In fact, most upholstered items have spot-clean only cleaning instructions. Catching a stain before it sets is the most effective way to eliminate it.
If you want to DIY spot clean, you can easily make your own upholstery cleaner at home by combining 1 cup of water with 1/3 cup of dish soap. Using a whisk, create a foam out of the solution and apply it over the stain. Let it sit and gently blot with a damp rag.
For tougher spots and stains, you’ll need to contact a cleaning pro who can help.
5. Make Repairs
Stains and smells aren’t the only culprits of dingy-looking upholstery. Rips and tears can lead to unsightly furniture that no one is excited to use. Make repairs as soon as you see them, as tears in the fabric can grow over time and expose fragile parts of your furniture. The average cost to repair furniture is $174, with most homeowners spending between $126 and $180.
6. Contact A Pro
There are some tough stains that just won’t come out regardless of how hard you try. Additionally, there are plenty of dust mites, dander and more that can’t always be remedied with DIY solutions. A deep clean should be done at least once a year and it’s a good idea to call in a pro to help. The average cost to clean upholstery is $155 with most homeowners spending between $127 and $164,
7. Have Your Fabric Protected
If you’re tired of having to clean up stain after stain on your upholstery, you might want to have them protected. Now I’m not talking about bulky, clear plastic couch protectors but rather a spray that coats your upholstery without ruining the integrity. This is something you can do yourself, with fabric protection costs averaging between $10 and $30 per spray bottle. Contacting an upholstery professional may cost more, but it’s a good idea for older furniture or heirlooms to be confident they are in the best care.
You’ve invested a lot into your upholstered furniture. Get them looking new again! Start with a regular cleaning routine and call in a cleaning pro annually to refresh your upholstery.
Got a stain that just won’t come out? Read Natural Remedies For Stain Removal for more tricks to try.