Many people online today are looking for innovative ways to keep their upholstery clean. And when living in Wimbledon, London the weather does not always play along so nicely! Maybe you are one of them, and wondering whether to simply call in the professionals, or try give it a go on your own first. Below are four great methods you can try before calling in the pros, regardless of the London weather!
1. General upkeep and removal of everyday stains This method does not require the purchase of additional detergents or equipment, and is perfect for weekly or monthly cleaning of your upholstery. Firstly you need to make the detergent that you will use to do the actual cleaning. You do this by adding a 1/4 cup laundry detergent, and half a cup of carpet cleaner to half a bucket of warm water. Then you need to prepare the upholstery for cleaning, by removing any pillows that are removable and then brushing the entire surface area with a dustpan brush to remove loose dirt. Now simply use your home-made detergent with a sponge and clean all the upholstery. Clean a small area at a time, wiping down with a damp cloth as you go. Remember to spot test your detergent on a small inconspicuous spot first, to ensure it will not cause any discoloration!
2. Quick clean with tough, foam-like pads If you are not keen on spending a long time deep-cleaning your furniture, then this method is for you! Get your vacuum cleaner and remove all loose debris from the service. Then get some "Mr Clean-Magic Erase" pads or any alternative foam-like pads and with some clean, warm water only you can spot clean any stains. These types of pads are great for hard-to-reach grooves, and an awesome stain remover.
3. Tough Stain Removal and General Brightening Up If you have not cleaned your upholstery in a while or you are sitting with some tough stains, then this method is worth a shot. Again, you start by making a detergent. Grate up regular soap using a kitchen grater until you have about 12 table spoons full. Add this to 4 table spoons of Borax and about 4 cups of boiling water in a container large enough to whisk. Whisk until you have a smooth, foamy consistency. After cooling, use the detergent and a bristle brush to scrub off tough stains. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the foamy mixture as you go a long. Remember to spot test your detergent before using!
4. Remove Mold and Musty Odour We all know how the damp London weather can effect our furniture; this method can be used to try and save a musty-smelling piece of furniture. Make a mixture of 50% Rubbing alcohol and 50% Warm water. Wash down the entire item with a sponge and this mixture focusing on the areas worst effected. Wipe down with a damp cloth and only clean water. Now allow the item to dry in the sun or under a fan if the Wimbledon weather is not playing along.
These methods work great if you want to keep your upholstery clean yourself. But if you are not too keen on putting in some elbow grease, or your upholstery needs some extra attention then it might be worth calling in professionals such as the guys over at cleanerscarpetcleaning.co.uk. They provide you with a free quote, can tailor cleaning packages to your needs and service the entire Wimbledon area. And with professional sofa cleaning ranging between £13 and £39, it may just be worth avoiding the back-breaking process yourself!