Cleaning FurniturePosted: February 4, 2013
Cleaning your furniture regularly goes a long way in maintaining its quality and extending its lifespan. Taking good care of your furniture, keeping it clean and learning to deal with small problems effectively will reduce the need for repairs and replacements in the long run.
Furniture can be of a lot of different varieties, materials, polishes and so on. To be able to maintain your furniture properly, it is important to understand the different cleaning needs of different materials. It goes without saying that the kind of cleaning routine you use for wooden furniture will be of no use on metal furniture.
Here are some brilliant tips and tricks to help you keep your furniture clean, shiny and looking great.
Let us begin with wooden furniture. To be able to keep all the wooden furniture in your house as good as new, never forget this essential cleaning principle: when it comes to wood, it is the polish or finish on the item and not the variety of wood that determines the kind of cleaning practices SW5 you should adopt. Whether the furniture has an oil coat finish, a layer of varnish, a wax finish, a paint or polish coat or a lacquered coat will determine the kind of cleaning techniques that will work best for it. Spend some time learning to recognise the different kinds of finishes used and the individual characteristics of each to get the most out of your cleaning efforts.
Most wooden furniture items are either polished, lacquered or painted and cleaning them is fairly easy. You only need to wipe them properly with a lightly dampened cloth and this will take any dust or dirt right off the surface. Use some light furniture wax and buff the surface with a soft cloth and you’ll be amazed at the sheen this will bring to the furniture. When it comes to oil finishes, the only thing you need to purchase is an oil-based polish.
Most homeowners get confused when it comes to cleaning furniture that has been upholstered with fabric. These can get dirty very easily because fabrics stain fairly quickly and can also get worn out with regular use. Most people tend to neglect such furniture because of all the different materials that have to be attended to.
If the upholstered pieces are in a dark coloured fabric, shampooing them after removing them can work well, but try and avoid this step if the fabric is of a light colour. Shampooing can sometimes darken stains instead of getting them out, and this can look terrible on soft-coloured pieces.
Your best bet would be to tackle any stains or spots the moment they’re caused or you notice them. Letting a stain “sit” will only allow it to get soaked into the fabric deeper and will make it all the more difficult to remove over time. The moment a stain occurs, spot-clean it by taking a soft, clean cloth and dousing it in a stain cleaner (purchase and keep at home at all times) and then scrubbing the stained fabric with it.
Don’t rub too hard, but get the stain cleaner to soak into the fabric properly and then use an absorbent cloth (not the same one that you were using to wipe) and wipe the area clean. Investing in a good quality stain cleaner will be very useful in the long run.
Furniture covered in vinyl or leather is the easiest to clean in Hayes, and thus, is also the most durable. Simply dissolve some mild cleaning soap or detergent in water, soak a soft cloth into the solution and then use it to scrub the surface. If you feel that the leather has lost some of its sheen or softness after cleaning, just polish it with a proper leather-conditioner (easily bought at any furniture store or supermarket) and it’ll look as good as new.