4 Useful Tips for Cleaning Your

Upholstery This Fall

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Fall is the ideal time of year for cleaning your home and freshening up. This is even more important as months of spending more time indoors is fast-approaching.

Our furniture and other upholstery are frequently filled with allergens and bacteria from using them all year, which means that giving them a proper cleaning this season can benefit yours and your family’s health.

In the article below, we have listed some useful tips on how to keep your upholstery clean this Fall. Continue reading to learn more!

1. Regularly Vacuum Your Furniture

Give your furniture a light vacuuming at least once a week to keep it clean of large particles of dirt, debris, and crumbs. You should also do a more intense vacuuming at least once a month.

This should include removing the cushions and vacuuming under them, and vacuum the individual cushions as well. Most vacuums come with a special upholstery attachment, but if yours doesn’t, they can be bought separately.

These attachments can be used to more effectively reach and pick up crumbs, pet hair, dirt, dust, and more that is likely to be hiding in those hard-to-reach crevices in your furniture.

2. How to Treat Stains

When it’s time to clean up any stains that may be on your upholstery, you need to check for the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning instructions. No matter if you’re treating your couch or your curtains, there should be a tag that has these instructions.

Standard labels on this tag include WS (safe to use mild detergent), S (dry cleaner detergent only), X (no water, vacuum only), W (safe to clean with water). Once you know what kinds of cleaning solutions are safe for your upholstery, you’re ready to move on to the stain treatment.

When cleaning stains on your fabric, spray or gently blot the stain, avoid scrubbing. Scrubbing can work the stain deeper into the fabric, making it harder to remove. Blot the stain in a gradually outward, circular motion to keep from leaving watermarks on the material.

3. Give Your Furniture Time to Dry

After treating any stains on your upholstery, try to soak up as much leftover moisture from the fabric as possible. Once you feel you’ve soaked up as much as possible, leave it to dry before using it as usual.

Thankfully, Fall typically has the perfect weather for fast drying times. As it’s cooling off and the intense heat and humidity of the summer are gone, you can open some windows and let the fresh air in to dry out your upholstery. This will also help reduce the likelihood of mold and mildew growth while your upholstery is drying.

4. Schedule a Professional Upholstery Cleaning

These tips are beneficial with routine maintenance for your upholstery, or if it’s not all that dirty. However, if you’re looking to save some time, or if your upholstery is filthy, call a professional!

A professional upholstery cleaning will get your furniture looking cleaner and smelling better in half the time. It’s recommended that you have your upholstery cleaned professionally at least once a year. Not to mention, Fall is the ideal time to have your upholstery, and your carpet cleaned, so you can always knock it out in one go!

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