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How to Clean Different Kinds of Upholstery

How to Clean Different Kinds of Upholstery

If you’re anything like us, it’s easy to fall in love with upholstered furniture. We can’t help but be charmed by suede-backed dining chairs or a tufted, velvet sofa. But when it comes to how to clean different kinds of upholstery, we know that doing the job right can be tough for the typical homeowner.

At Maid Right, our cleaning experts know how difficult it can be to clean upholstered furniture. That’s why we’ve put together this short guide on how to clean different kinds of upholstery, including the right cleaners and materials to use on different kinds of upholstered furniture.

Regular Cleaning for Upholstery

Part of keeping upholstered furniture clean and in good condition is regular cleaning. This will help your furniture avoid dust and lint build-up, which can get inside cracks, seams, and fibers. Many vacuums come with an upholstery attachment, which includes a strip designed to catch lint. The best vacuums to clean upholstery with are equipped with HEPA filters. HEPA filters trap dust, keeping it out of the air and away from your furniture.

Spot Cleaning Suede Upholstery

Suede upholstery is popular for its beautiful and luxurious finish, but it’s one of the tougher materials to clean. Suede doesn’t stand up to water, so the best way to spot clean stains is by using a small amount of vinegar or baking soda. You can blot coffee, juice, and tea stains with vinegar and a cloth, and you can use baking soda to absorb grease stains, then brush away the baking soda with a suede brush a few hours later.

Spot Cleaning Leather Upholstery

Leather is a gorgeous choice for upholstered furniture, but requires special care when cleaning. For general cleaning, you can use a moisturizing soap, such as Dove. Simply mix with a small bit of water, lather on with a soft cloth, wipe lean, then allow it to dry on its own. Do not rinse, since the soap should be absorbed by the leather. You can also purchase specialty leather cleaners, such as saddle soap, which work similarly.

Spot Cleaning Velvet Upholstery

Velvet is the most prized type of fabric used in upholstery, but it’s also easy to damage during cleaning. If your furniture is upholstered in silk, rayon, or acetate velvet, do not attempt to clean it yourself or you may crush the fabric. Instead, call a professional. Cotton and polyester velvets can be spot-cleaned at home using a gentle detergent and light blotting with a paper towel. Be careful not to press too hard or rub at the velvet, which may damage the upholstery.

Spot Cleaning Other Upholstery Fabrics

Other upholstery fabrics — such as microfiber, cotton, linen, and polyester — stand up well to spot cleaning. Blot up wet stains, then spot blot the area with a dampened cloth and a mild detergent. Avoid rubbing, since this will force the stain into the fabric’s fibers.

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