Keeping your furniture clean will not only make it look more attractive, it will increase the longevity of the furniture’s materials. While cleaning a whole house worth of furniture can represent a major undertaking, it doesn’t have to be a hassle. By following a few simple steps, you can easily learn how to clean furniture effectively.

• Vacuum upholstered furniture with a light brush to remove dust particles, as well as food and dirt that may go unnoticed. This prevents the unwanted dirt and grime from settling into the fibers, which can happen easily if it hides in the cracks and crevices of your furniture.
• Mix 1 part laundry detergent to 4 parts warm water in a large mixing bowl (make sure to use a detergent that doesn’t contain bleach). A quarter cup (59 ml) of detergent and a full cup (236 ml) of water will be enough to clean one large piece of furniture, such as a sofa. Beat these ingredients together with a wire whisk or an electric mixer until the texture is creamy and stiff peaks begin to form.
• All cushions and pillows should be reversed on a regular basis. This keeps the filling evenly distributed for maximum comfort.
• All fabrics have a cleaning code. Your salesperson will help you learn the code for the piece or pieces you have purchased.
• Keep furniture away from direct sunlight as it could cause fading.
• Avoid placing items like newspapers on upholstered furniture as they may discolor the fabric.
• Clean and use furniture polish on wood furniture to help protect it from scratches and abrasions. Dust attracts moisture, which can soften the furniture if it accumulates and cause permanent damage.
• Use a spoon or similar tool to remove any solid materials.
• Blot—don’t scrub—spills with a clean, white cloth to absorb as much of the liquid as possible.
• Spray Stanley Steemer Professional Spot Remover on a problem area until it is wet, but first test it in an inconspicuous spot.
• Wait for 1 to 3 minutes if using a spot remover to ensure that it loosens the substance.
• Wipe spots with a clean, white cloth, gently working your way from the outer edges toward the center. Repeat the spray-wait-and-wipe process as needed.

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