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DIY Tips for Upholstery Repairs

Upholstery Cleaning

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We sit on our furniture daily. Whether we’re watching TV, eating dinner, reading a book, or having a gathering, our furniture gets used. As such, spills and stains tend to happen to the best of us. When it comes to upholstery cleaning, however, we don’t do it as often as we should. Is your furniture starting to smell or look dirty because of stains or crumbs? Below are some ways to clean it up yourself.

Spot Clean Stains

Fabric stain remover may work to remove the stain without having to replace the upholstery. With stains, you want to work as quickly as possible to prevent the stain from setting into the fabric. Keep stain remover on hand or use warm soap and water to gently blot and remove the stain. Follow the instructions on the back of the stain remover bottle for any additional information. If you have a stain that’s been there for a while or is pretty big, it may be time to bring in a professional.

Vacuum Between Crevices and Under Cushions

Dust, crumbs, and hair will accumulate on your upholstery after some time. To keep your furniture looking like new, take time to regularly vacuum in between any crevices and under cushions to get rid of anything that’s accumulated since your last cleaning. Things like dust and crumbs can even lead to stains if left unchecked. Regular surface cleaning your furniture will keep them looking newer longer.

Wipe Down Leather Surfaces

If your upholstery is leather, it can be regularly cleaned by wiping it down with soap and water or a store-bought leather cleaner. This will help to keep the leather looking fresh and can remove any odors from the surface. You should use a damp cloth with soap rubbed into it. Do not add water directly to the leather. Instead, gently wipe down the leather with the damp and soapy cloth and then wipe it with a dry cloth to remove the soap from the leather.

Hire A Professional Cleaner

Even after taking the above steps to keep your furniture clean, you should still hire a professional to come in and clean at least once a year. Professional cleaners can do a much deeper clean and have knowledge of the different fabrics used to make sure the cleaning is done without damaging anything. A professional clean will also allow you to keep your furniture longer as it will be a proactive defense against any damage or wear and tear.

Keep your furniture looking like new throughout its use. Call a professional cleaner and start putting these habits into practice. At Kelley Klean, we are a professional cleaning service that can clean your upholstery as well as provide other services for your home. Call us today at 573-214-0990 or 877-604-STOP to set up an appointment.

How to Best Clean Leather Furniture

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Leather furniture adds a sense of luxury to your home decor. While leather adds luxury to your home, the maintenance is easy. Furniture made of leather does not require the type of care that other higher-quality materials do. Unlike other furniture in your home, leather furniture can go a while in between cleanings. However, there will come a time where a little care for your leather furniture is a good thing. You already have in your home most of the items you will need to care for and clean leather.

Manufacturer’s Cleaning Instructions

Just like any other furniture in your home, it is a good idea to keep the cleaning information from the manufacturer. The cleaning guide will be specified for the type of leather that you have. Different types of leather may require different types of care and cleaning. If you have lost your cleaning instructions or your leather furniture did not come with cleaning instructions, you can contact the furniture store, manufacturer, or look it up online.

In some cases, your leather furniture will not come with instructions. It is best in these situations to use a mild soap such as Dove. Before applying soap everywhere, you should try it in a hidden area and let it dry.

General Leather Cleaning

General cleaning does not require the manufacturer’s manual. You should regularly clean leather to prevent dust and dirt from building up. Before taking soap and water to your leather furniture, you should take a microfiber cloth or vacuum to remove any dirt and dust.

Once you have taken care of all the dirt build-up, you can use soap and water to clean your leather. Using a damp cloth wipe it across a bar of soap; if using liquid soap use a small amount. With the damp cloth wipe down all your leather gently. Do not rinse the soap off the leather; instead, buff the leather furniture with a dry cloth. Once you follow these steps, you should have clean leather.

Removing Stains

You may not think about leather staining, but it does. Some stains can be taken care of by using the gentle cleaning method. Others, however, will need extra work.

Steps to Removing a Hard Stain

First, find a clean, soft and absorbent cloth to use. You will want to have multiple rags for wet wiping and drying.

Second, if you are dealing with a stain from a liquid, blot up as much as possible first. Do not try to wipe a liquid stain as it can cause the stain to become bigger.

After these first two steps, simply following the gentle cleaning method until the stain is gone. It may take a couple of times before you start to notice any difference. For ink stains, you should call a professional. Grease stains can be removed with some talcum powder.

Call the Professionals

Cleaning leather furniture isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to removing stains. If you want to save time and your leather furniture, then call the professionals at Kelley Klean.