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Spring Cleaning Tips: Upholstery

Spring is here, and you know what that means. It’s time to put the rubber gloves on, open up the cupboards, and get cleaning the house. The mighty spring clean can seem like a pretty arduous task – upholstery in particular is notorious for gathering annoying, difficult stains. Luckily, help is at hand for the concerned cleaner…

As specialist rug retailers and cleaners, we at Oakham Rugs have a whole host of knowledge to help you get your home prepped for entertaining guests over the warmer spring and summer months.

Upholstery Cleaning Tags
In order to make cleaning upholstery easier, check for a cleaning advice tag attached to the bottom of each item first. If you find one, here’s what the letters mean:

W: Should only be cleaned with water-based products, such as carpet cleaner.
S: Should NOT be cleaned with water, only dry cleaning products.
WS: Both water-based and dry-cleaning products can be used.
X: Should only be cleaned by a professional.

Check all your tags before you embark on any spring cleaning.

Removing Stains

The cleanest, most pristine living room in the world can be instantly ruined by a fallen glass of red wine, cup of coffee, or worse. Luckily, a whole industry has sprung up dedicated to stain removal! That’s where your detergents and cleaners come in.

As explained on stain-removal-101.com, if you act fast the second you see a spill, you can significantly minimise the damage. The most important thing to do is blot the spill with a paper towel – never ever rub it, as this will only spread the stain and make things worse. 

However, there’s also a high chance you won’t even notice the stain till a few days later. So, be sure to bring the cleaning products out the second you do. Next, look at what the stain is, because this will determine what product you should use next.

Food and beverage stains: You’ll need dishwashing liquid. Mix it with cold water and use a clean cloth to gently dab the mixture into the stain. Keep going until the stain looks to be gone, then repeat the process with only cold water. Dry it by gently pressing a dry cloth to it.

Greasy stains: These are more difficult to remove, but it can be done. If the spill is something big and conspicuous (such as automotive oil) remove any excess liquid by dabbing it with a clean cloth. Or, if you’d prefer, you can sprinkle baking soda on the stain, wait for it to absorb, and then vacuum it up. Next, mix a 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 water, and gently rub it over the stain using a cloth or your hand inside a rubber glove. Blot it with a clean cloth and leave it to dry.

Berry stains: Berries and berry juice can be a nightmare, as almost anyone with children can attest to. If berries get on the upholstery, mix two cups of cold water with half a cup of dishwashing liquid, and dab the stain with the mixture. Once you’re done, switch to cold water mixed with a little white vinegar and dab it again. Then, blot it dry with a clean cloth.

These simple tips should help you keep your living room perfect and beautiful!

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Posted On: 23/03/2017

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