It’s now March and we figure it’s better to get started on spring cleaning sooner than later. If the phrase ‘spring clean’ renders you longing to hibernate amid the dust for just a little longer, we understand. After months of wet, windy, cold weather, chaotic Christmas, noisy New Year and not seeing the sun for weeks on end, it’s no wonder your house looks worn and tired. Finding the enthusiasm for making your home fresh and lovely again becomes difficult, and not knowing where to start can make the whole thing seem much more challenging.
But not to fear! With just a bit of time and attention your home can shrug off those winter blues and start looking as fresh as Spring again. Below are some tips to help you with furniture cleaning – something we have a lot of experience with!
Leather furniture can be kept looking tip-top with regular vacuuming. A wipe over with a damp cloth with remove any surface grime.
To polish, apply a cleaning agent to it every now and again. You can use a specialist leather polishing cleaning agent or a homemade solution. Remember to test first though! To make your own cleaning agent, simply grab a bottle and fill it with 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts linseed oil. Give it a good shake and then it is ready to apply.
Apply the substance to your leather furniture with a soft cloth. Use a circular motion to cover the entire surface. Leave for approximately 10 minutes before buffing with a clean soft cloth. For best results, we recommend that you buff your leather furniture TWICE before you finish.
Tough stains should be tackled with a specialist-cleaning product.
Giving your upholstery a thorough spring clean will bring it back to its best and leave it refreshed and revitalised.
Vacuum your upholstery! Your upholstery receives daily wear and tear just like your carpets and should be thoroughly vacuumed to remove the dust and loose dirt, which accumulates within the fabric. Take off all cushions and use the nozzle attachment to vacuum the hard to reach areas of your upholstery and cushions, including, arms, sides and creases of the fabric before replacing the cushions. If you gently beat the upholstery while you vacuum you will loosen the dust that has built up and be able to capture this while vacuuming. Plump all cushions vigorously and periodically!
It’s also a good idea to open the windows. Allowing fresh air to circulate the room will freshen up and air out your upholstery.
Have a good soil and stain resistant treatment applied such as a special fabric protector, which gives fantastic resistance to spills, making them easy to mop up if cleaned away quickly. Most fabric protectors also contains a unique anti-bacterial additive which kills many viruses and bacteria
A starting point in treating wood furniture is quite simply to dust it on a regular basis. Dust furniture once a week using a soft cloth and, while doing so, buff up the surface to restore its lustre.
Do not use sprays, especially any containing silicone. The only substance that should go near your furniture is a good-quality wax polish – we recommend the products we sell in store, as we use the same products ourselves.
Apply a small amount of polish with a soft cloth and work it into the wood in the direction of the grain. Then go away and make a cup of tea! After a half hour or so, return to the piece of furniture and buff the surface using a clean soft cloth, again rubbing with the grain.
The idea is to remove excess polish so fold the cloth over as you work to prevent a build-up on the material. Otherwise you will be rubbing in the polish you have just taken off!
Take everything out of your cupboards and clean the insides with a cloth. Wipe down the interior shelves of the cabinet with a soft, dry cloth. Wipe the exterior of the cabinet with the dry cloth including knobs, cabinet face etc..
Sort out the contents and clean each item within the cabinet so that dirty items are not placed back inside clean cabinets. Return the items you are sure you want to keep.
Take it one cupboard at a time so the task doesn’t overwhelm you!
Cleaning your mattress on a regular basis is important to prevent dust dirt from building up as well as helping to promote a good night’s sleep – and who doesn’t need that?
Strip all of the bedding and mattress covers off the bed and wash them in hot water. Add 1/2 -1 cup of vinegar to your wash to remove any extra odours and soften your sheets.
If the weather permits and you can get your mattress outside, take it out in the morning on a sunny day to allow it to air out all day and to be given a good beating (15-20 minutes should do it!)
If you can’t get your mattress outside, have a moan about the English weather and sprinkle baking soda over the mattress instead. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes (longer is better) to absorb any odours. Using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum, vacuum the mattress. Remember – after you have cleaned your mattress, ensure that the mattress is COMPLETELY dry before putting the covers and sheets back on.
We hope our guide on spring cleaning furniture is helpful. If you have any queries of cleaning furniture brought from us, pop in store or email, we’ll be happy to help. Visit our Furniture Care page for more details.