People are often incredulous when they walk into a living room, or worse, a family room and see white upholstered furniture. Most of us think it looks elegant, stylish and fresh but we wonder how it’s kept clean with the kids and pets. We suspect the room is usually sealed off or the furniture is covered in plastic except when company’s coming.
White upholstery will definitely take more upkeep than chocolate brown. You want it to stay fresh looking and, with a regular cleaning routine and quick action when spills occur, it definitely can. The good news with white upholstery is that stains and spills are seen immediately.
Before you purchase white upholstered furniture check out the fabric. Micro-suede can take a beating and cleans up beautifully. Make sure the fabric is treated with stain guard. This is a must.
REMOVABLE SEAT AND PILLOW COVERS
Look for these as it will make it easier to keep your furniture clean. Fabrics like micro-suede can be cleaned in the washing machine, making your job a whole lot easier. For a quick refresh look, rotate your seat covers and cushions. That’ll buy you some time before you have to clean.
Keep your sofa vacuumed. This will prevent dust or dirt from turning into mud when it comes in contact with liquids. It will also control allergens.
This will become your favorite go-to tool. A lint roller will pick up all those colored threads and pet hair, giving you an instant fresh look.
Treat stains immediately. Blot the spill with a clean cloth. For coffee and wine stains, mix baking soda and water to form a paste. Apply it with a cloth and let sit for five minutes. Dab it off. Salt can also be used to treat wine stains. Apply it to the stain and then scrape it off. Use corn starch on grease and oil stains. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum.
FULL ON CLEANING
You can make your own foam cleanser by mixing ½ cup powdered light laundry detergent and ¼ cup water. Use your electric mixer to whip it up. Apply this in two foot sections to your upholstery with a damp rag. Do not scrub. Rinse the area with a clean damp rag. This will deodorize and lift any grime or dirt. Once it’s dry, vacuum. The drying can take up to 48 hours so your furniture has to be out of bounds for that time. You can also just purchase some upholstery cleaner!
You could invest in a small, portable carpet cleaner. It will likely be the best small investment you ever made.
Enjoy your white upholstery. We hope these tips help you keep it at its best.