DIY Cleaning Methods: Cleaning Furniture

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  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner
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What You'll Need
Liquid laundry detergent
Dish detergent
Clean cloths
Plastic scraper
Electric mixer

What good is having a clean home if your furniture is dirty? Here is how to get your couch looking like it fits perfectly in your spotless home.

Step 1 - Remove Cushions and Vacuum Couch

Remove all of the cushions from the couch and use a hand-held dusting broom to loosen as much dirt up as possible. Vacuum all of the debris up with your vacuum’s brush attachment. Vacuum every surface nook and cranny, even the bottom of the couch or chair.

Step 2 - Vacuum Cushions

Vacuum both sides of the cushions that were removed. When you're done, return them to their place on the couch.

Step 3 - Mix and Test Cleaning Solution

Mix together a ¼-cup of liquid laundry detergent and a cup of warm water. If you only have powder laundry detergent, then you can use liquid dish detergent. Use an electric mixer to thoroughly mix the solution until you have thick, whipped cream-like peaks.

Find an inconspicuous spot on the furniture to test for the solution for colorfastness before proceeding.

Step 4 - Apply Solution

Working on one area at a time, use a cloth to apply the suds directly to the fabric on the furniture. Rub it in and you should start seeing dirt lifting up in the suds. Use a plastic scraper to scrape the dirty suds away.

Step 5 - Rinse

Rinse the area with a clean damp cloth and move on to the next area of the couch. Allow the furniture to sit overnight to fully dry.