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Hello and welcome to my cleaning blog. Cleaning can bring you a lot of joy. Without it, our homes and businesses would literally be covered in old food, dust, and garbage. My name is Penny, and in this blog, I'm going to cover cleaning techniques and tips for staying organized. Whether you are trying to wash a stain out of a shirt or keep on top of the vacuuming, I hope these posts help. I also plan to write about hiring professional cleaners for your home, office, or even your industrial facility. My hope is that this blog brings you as much joy as a clean space.


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3 Things You Can Do To Clean Your Upholstery

Catherine Edwards

If you are like most people, your upholstery and furniture gets very dirty. This is especially the case if you have pets or children. Ideally you should have professionals come in and clean your upholstery on a regular schedule, but if you are unable to do that, you can at least do it yourself. Here are some things that you should do and shouldn't do to keep your upholstery clean.

1. Don't Use Laundry Detergent On Upholstery

Because upholstery is fabric, and your clothing is fabric, many people think that they can use laundry detergent to clean both items. Just because they are both a type of fabric, doesn't mean that they are the same fabric. In fact, the detergent made to clean clothing is usually some sort of cotton behind, when upholstery is made of something much heavier. This is why you should make sure that you are using only upholstery cleaner, fi you need to use some sort of clear on your couches. This will prevent discoloration and irreparable damage to the material.

2. Use Steam If Possible

Another great way to clean the upholstery is to use steam. Steam is safe on the majority of fabrics because it is only water, yet because of the heat it is great at pulling the dirt up to the surface. With the steamer you should use a brush that helps to clean out the dirt. So the dirt will come to the surface with the steam, then you use the brush to help brush it out and pull it off.

Before you steam the fabric make sure that it is safe to steam. Some leathers and wools shouldn't be steamed, since the heat can ruin it. But other fabrics such as corduroy, denims, and other materials can easily be steamed.

3. Keep Spills Wet Until They Can Be Cleaned

If you have a spill on the couch, keep it wet till you can filly clean it. Once the spill dries it will stain. This means that what could have been an easy clean up, will now require harsh chemicals, simply because the spill dried.

If you can't get to the spill right away, take a wet cloth and drape it over the stain to keep it moist. This will stop it from really sinking into the fibers.

If at any point you feel that your upholstery isn't clean enough, call for professional cleaning services. You will be amazed at how clean and nice your furniture can be.