If you own a house, then you know that keeping your furniture clean and looking great is an essential part of the ambience. Besides, cleaning your furniture can:
- Help you live in a healthier home
- Make your home more inviting
- Save you money in the long run
- Increase durability
But traditional upholstery cleaners can be expensive and not always as effective. Here in this article by Couch Master, you will learn how to make your homemade upholstery cleaner that is inexpensive and environmentally friendly!
What is an upholstery cleaner?
An upholstery cleaner is a cleaning agent that cleans fabric- or leather-made furniture. Upholstery cleaners are generally made with ingredients such as water, soap, fragrance and other additives like alcohol, vinegar and more.
The content of the mixture depends on what type of surface you want to clean – if it’s vinyl, for example, then acetone is needed.
What You Need to Make a Homemade Upholstery Cleaner
To make a homemade upholstery cleaner, all you need is:
- A spray bottle or sponge
- White vinegar (or distilled white vinegar)
- Lemon juice
- Baking soda
You must use the ingredients to create a safe solution for your furniture! You’ll also want to avoid mixing any ingredients until you’re ready to use them.
Instructions for Making Homemade Cleaner for Leather Upholstery
Mix baking soda, distilled water and an essential oil of your choice in a bowl or jar. The ratio should be one part baking soda to three parts water. Baking soda is for cleaning and disinfecting!
It will scrub away tough stains like dried liquid spills much more effectively than soap. The essential oil is for scent, and to make the mixture a little denser (so that it’s easier to apply with a sponge), add an appropriate amount of your favourite scented oil.
Instructions for Making Homemade Cleaner for Synthetic Upholstery
Start by filling a spray bottle with water. Add two tablespoons of liquid soap to the top and shake well. Sprinkle baking soda on any stains before treating them, then use a brush or rag to scrub until the stain disappears. Let dry completely before vacuuming.
To keep a synthetic upholstered piece looking great, use the cleaner in a spray bottle to remove any dirt or grime accumulated during everyday use. Next, mist onto the fabric and wipe with a soft cloth until clean.
Instructions for Making Homemade Cleaner for Faux Leather Upholstery
Mix equal parts of baking soda and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply to the area you wish to clean, and then use a wet cloth or paper towel with plain water to wipe down the surface. Repeat as necessary until smudges are no longer visible on the surface.
Use a mixture of baking soda and water in place of the vinegar for an eco-friendly homemade cleaner. Be aware that this mixture will not have as much cleaning power, so it may need to be reapplied more frequently than with vinegar.
Now that you know how to clean and care for upholstery, it’s time to start cleaning your favourite pieces of furniture with a homemade cleaner! You can also make this recipe as needed to freshen it up. Remember, if stains persist or come back after cleaning, you may need to call in a professional.