When it comes to cleaning soft items in your home that you can’t fit in your washing machine, there are many things to think about. Most people neglect to clean the bigger soft furnishings in their home, but that means that they’re harbouring bacteria, they can become stained and they can have developed an unpleasant odour. If you’re unsure about cleaning some of the fabric-covered furniture in your home then have a look at this list of handy hints, tips and tricks to give you some ideas.
Most people neglect to wash their curtains on a regular basis, but your curtains can pick up a lot of dirt, grime and bacteria. Curtains that are pale in colour are likely to become tired and grubby-looking over time, while darker curtains can become stained with dust. Make sure you’re washing yours regularly to keep them looking and smelling their best. Most curtains are washing-machine suitable, but it’s important you check the care label to ensure this is the case for yours. If you have wide or extra wide curtains (such as those used for bay windows) then it’s likely they aren’t going to fit in your washing machine. If this is the case for you then you can either soak them in lukewarm water and a delicate washing powder before rinsing and allowing them to dry, or you can take them to your local dry cleaners’ for a professional and fast job.
Your mattress sees a lot of use, and it’s important you clean yours regularly. Mattresses collect dead skin cells and can become home to bed bugs if not frequently and thoroughly cleaned. If you have young children then their mattresses can become soiled and stained so it’s important you sanitise them. A steam cleaner is the fastest and most effective way to beat both bacteria and bed-bugs in a matter of seconds. Simply heat your steamer and spritz liberally for a fresh-looking and smelling mattress. Steam cleaning will also help to tackle stains and will keep your mattresses looking as-good-as-new for longer. If you don’t own a steam cleaner then you should consider renting one a regular basis to ensure your home is clean and as free from bacteria as possible.
If you don’t clean your duvet regularly then it’s a habit you really should pick up. Take your duvet to your local dry cleaners on a monthly basis to keep it in the best condition. This will help tackle unwanted odours and destroy the dead skin cells and bacteria that can exist in your duvet.
Sofas and living chairs
Just as with your mattresses, a steam cleaner will make quick work of stained, worn or dirty sofas and living chairs. Steaming your soft living room furniture will kill almost all germs in a matter of seconds, leaving your furniture looking and smelling fantastic. For specific stains try purchasing a stain-removing product to lift the dirt – just make sure you test it out on an inconspicuous area of the sofa first to avoid causing any accidental damage!