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How Should You Clean Cloth And Upholstery Furniture?

We buy our furniture according to its appearance, its comfort, its colour or pattern, and its compatibility with the other furniture in our homes. When it comes to upholstered furniture, we can choose between leather and cloth, and sometimes we can have both as part of our interior design.

When you need to clean this furniture, leather or cloth, there are points of difference that have to be taken into account. For best results, and to protect your furniture, a cleaning service that specialises in upholstery is the first choice. Then you can forget about the rules and reasons, and let those who know these things do what is best for your furniture.

You may wish to clean these items yourself, so you need to know why leather and cloth upholstery should be cleaned differently.

Firstly, they are, of course, different materials, and they require different treatment. A treatment which does an extremely good job on the leather, may cause damage to the cloth upholstery. And vice versa. A spot treatment that cleans the fabric, can discolour the leather. Even as the production processes of leather and upholstery fabric are different, so the cleaning instructions are different. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding cleaning. Leather needs more maintenance than cloth, as leather can crack and fade over time unless regular care is given to it. However removing spots and stains from leather is easier than from fabric, as the non-porous leather allows marks to be wiped away easily.

Tips from the experts

To keep fabric upholstery looking clean and fresh, start by getting covers that can help prevent spots and stains. Vacuum weekly, and immediately if it gets visibly affected by crumbs and the like.

The manufacturer has attached a tag with cleaning and maintenance instructions. It is important to give the correct treatment to the material that you are working on. For cloth upholstery, make a mixture in a spray bottle of ¼ cup of white vinegar, and ¾ cup of warm water, with one or two teaspoons of dishwash liquid. Shake before using and spray onto spots and stains, completely saturating them. Dab, don’t rub, with a damp microfibre cloth on the stained area to remove the marks. Rubbing may cause stains to deepen. Then use a towel and dry the area.

For leather upholstery, make a mixture in a spray bottle of ½ cup of olive oil with ¼ cup of white vinegar. Use this to clean the leather without stripping its natural oils and shine.

Clean leather upholstery on a regular basis by wiping with a microfibre cloth which has been dampened with equal parts of water and white vinegar. Afterwards, condition the leather with a mild oil (coconut oil, olive oil) mixed with white vinegar. At the end of the day, apply this mixture onto the entire leather surface. Next morning wipe with a dry microfibre cloth and this will buff and shine the surface.

If your furniture is heavily soiled, contact furniture cleaning professionals. They have the knowhow and experience to do the job properly.