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What to Consider When Cleaning Furniture Upholstery

There are a few factors you need to keep in mind when determining how to clean furniture fabric parts properly.

Using microfiber cloths make cleaning easier and will not bleed or leave residue on your sofa.

Water may seem harmless, but if you use it to clean a couch that specifically calls for a solvent-based cleaner and nothing else, you’re going to be in for an unpleasant surprise. Believe it or not, the water will actually leave a stain on your sofa.

It is always best to use cleaning products designed for fabric, look for product that are non-bleaching specifically. Don’t run the risk of ruining your furniture by using a product that is not non-bleaching!

Always check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before attempting to remove stains from your sofa or freshen up your couch. Failing to do so could void warranties or flat-out ruin your couch. Stick to the suggestions, they know what’s best for your couch. If you no longer have the manufacturer’s recommendations consult a professional.

Home-made Water-based cleaner: It is easy to make a mixture at home for cleaning your upholstered furniture. Simply fill a bucket with warm water, then add a couple drops of traditional white soap and mix well. Dip a sponge into the detergent mixture and rub some of it onto the back or underside of the upholstery - somewhere where it is not likely to be seen. Wipe the spot dry with a cloth and then let it air dry completely. This is one of the most common mixtures for cleaning fabrics, however if any discoloration occurs, don't use the detergent mixture. Consider instead, having the furniture cleaned professionally.

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There are a few factors you need to keep in mind when determining how to clean furniture fabric parts properly.

Using microfiber cloths make cleaning easier and will not bleed or leave residue on your sofa.

Water may seem harmless, but if you use it to clean a couch that specifically calls for a solvent-based cleaner and nothing else, you’re going to be in for an unpleasant surprise. Believe it or not, the water will actually leave a stain on your sofa.

It is always best to use cleaning products designed for fabric, look for product that are non-bleaching specifically. Don’t run the risk of ruining your furniture by using a product that is not non-bleaching!

Always check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before attempting to remove stains from your sofa or freshen up your couch. Failing to do so could void warranties or flat-out ruin your couch. Stick to the suggestions, they know what’s best for your couch. If you no longer have the manufacturer’s recommendations consult a professional.

Home-made Water-based cleaner: It is easy to make a mixture at home for cleaning your upholstered furniture. Simply fill a bucket with warm water, then add a couple drops of traditional white soap and mix well. Dip a sponge into the detergent mixture and rub some of it onto the back or underside of the upholstery - somewhere where it is not likely to be seen. Wipe the spot dry with a cloth and then let it air dry completely. This is one of the most common mixtures for cleaning fabrics, however if any discoloration occurs, don't use the detergent mixture. Consider instead, having the furniture cleaned professionally.

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Care and Maintenance of Wood Furniture

A good piece of wooden furniture adds beauty and elevates the visual quality of your office or home.

Tips for cleaning: For optimal care always use a soft cloth for cleaning. If you do not clean your furniture properly, dust can scratch the surface of the wood. It is best to never clean your furniture with a dry cloth, this can cause dust to make microscopic scratches on the wood.

Only use furniture cleaning products. First spray it on the surface of your furniture evenly. Avoid using more spray than needed. Then wipe the surface in circular motions using a clean microfiber cloth.

Lastly wipe down the surface again with a dry cloth for a nice polish.

Never use soap and water for cleaning wooden furniture. Water is not a friend of wood as it causes swelling of the wood and staining of your furniture. Never use a wet cloth for furniture dusting. 

Enemies of your wood furnitures:

Direct Sunlight! The UV content of the sunlight damages the varnish of wood furniture.  Keeping your furniture away from direct sunlight will prolong the life of your furniture.

Liquid Spills! If any kind of liquid spills on your furniture, immediately wipe it with a dry rag. Wood should never get wet! Using coasters for your drinks will help prevent water rings.

Heat! Placing hot item on a wooden surface damages the finish of wood and leaves permanent white marks and/or spots on the exposed area. Always use coasters and thick mats to avoid direct contact of hot items with wood.

Humidity! Wood is very sensitive to humidity. As weather changes, the humidity level in your home also changes. This variation in humidity changes the moisture content of wood furniture. As a result of variation in humidity wood furniture can contract and expand. High moisture content causes the wood to swell and excessive dryness causes wood to split and crack. Therefore it is very important to maintain a normal humidity level in your home or office.

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A good piece of wooden furniture adds beauty and elevates the visual quality of your office or home.

Tips for cleaning: For optimal care always use a soft cloth for cleaning. If you do not clean your furniture properly, dust can scratch the surface of the wood. It is best to never clean your furniture with a dry cloth, this can cause dust to make microscopic scratches on the wood.

Only use furniture cleaning products. First spray it on the surface of your furniture evenly. Avoid using more spray than needed. Then wipe the surface in circular motions using a clean microfiber cloth.

Lastly wipe down the surface again with a dry cloth for a nice polish.

Never use soap and water for cleaning wooden furniture. Water is not a friend of wood as it causes swelling of the wood and staining of your furniture. Never use a wet cloth for furniture dusting. 

Enemies of your wood furnitures:

Direct Sunlight! The UV content of the sunlight damages the varnish of wood furniture.  Keeping your furniture away from direct sunlight will prolong the life of your furniture.

Liquid Spills! If any kind of liquid spills on your furniture, immediately wipe it with a dry rag. Wood should never get wet! Using coasters for your drinks will help prevent water rings.

Heat! Placing hot item on a wooden surface damages the finish of wood and leaves permanent white marks and/or spots on the exposed area. Always use coasters and thick mats to avoid direct contact of hot items with wood.

Humidity! Wood is very sensitive to humidity. As weather changes, the humidity level in your home also changes. This variation in humidity changes the moisture content of wood furniture. As a result of variation in humidity wood furniture can contract and expand. High moisture content causes the wood to swell and excessive dryness causes wood to split and crack. Therefore it is very important to maintain a normal humidity level in your home or office.

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