23 Mar 2016

With a long winter of sitting inside, hosting football-watching parties, and keeping the windows and doors shut for far too long, it’s time to freshen up our furniture with some spring cleaning. Upholstered furniture is susceptible to staining from spilled food and drinks. Additionally, fabrics tend to hold odors from pets and spills. Here are five of our favorite tips for spring cleaning your upholstered furniture to rejuvenate it for the new season.

  1. Vacuum

Give your furniture a very thorough vacuuming. Lay a sheet on the floor, remove all of the pillows and cushions from the couch, and lay them on the sheet. Use the crevice tool on your vacuum to get into all of the tight spaces and along the seams. If you can’t remove your cushions, use the crevice tool to get everywhere you can. Use the brush attachment to vacuum all sides of the cushions and the couch frame itself.

  1. Upend your furniture

Tip your couch or chair on its front so it forms a triangle. Using the soft brush attachment, vacuum the back and the bottom of the furniture. While you have access to the legs, use a soft cloth and polish to dust and condition them. Wipe down all sides of the legs and make sure they are all still screwed in tightly.

  1. Spot treat any stains

Upholstered furniture is typically marked with a cleaning code from the manufacturer so you know what can be used on the fabric. The code can be found on the underside of a cushion, on the platform, or on one of the tags. The most common codes are W (water-based cleaner), S (solvent), SW (solvent and water-based), X (dry clean only).

If you know what type of stain it is, you can do some research on what best removes it from fabric. Just make sure the stain remover recommended works with the cleaning code.  Always test the stain remover on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn’t affect the color. Spot treat the stain and allow it to dry completely.

  1. Remove odors

One of the easiest and most natural ways to remove odors from your furniture is to sprinkle the smelly spots with baking soda. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then simply vacuum it up. If your sofa or chair is extra smelly, you could even leave the baking soda on overnight.

  1. Rotate cushions and freshen up pillows

If it works for your furniture, rotate the cushions. You can extend the life of your cushions if you periodically rotate them. For your throw pillows, toss them in the dryer on the air or fluff setting with a couple of tennis balls. They’ll freshen up and lose the dust they’ve gathered in one easy step.

If you plan on doing major spring cleaning, it’s smart to save your furniture for last, so it doesn’t collect all of the dust you rustle up while cleaning the rest of the house. Starting the season with fresh, clean furniture will help your home feel more comfortable and enjoyable. If you clean your furniture and find that it needs more than just a deep cleaning, contact Burchell Upholstery to discuss your options for recovering your furniture pieces.