Cleaning upholstery is an essential part of their maintenance and up keep. With regular and efficient cleaning, your furniture and car seats will not only smell better and show less staining, but the condition of the material will be preserved for longer and it will significantly improve their overall appearance. Upholstery that is not well maintained can lead to your expensive furniture being damaged, or even ruined, and replacing it can cost a lot of money.
There are a variety of ways to thoroughly clean upholstery. Hiring a professional cleaning company is a popular option, but if that is too much for your budget, there is another solution. Making a DIY mixture at home can be just as effective!
Making your own upholstery cleaner not only works well, but it is very eco-friendly too. It will also save you money and is very easy to make. The general recipe being shared today contains natural ingredients, making it suitable for most types of upholstery. You can also scroll beneath that for tips on treating leather or synthetic materials specifically.
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DIY General Upholstery Cleaner
- 1/2 cup Rubbing Alcohol
- 1/2 cup Distilled White Vinegar
- 5-10 drops Essential Oils (optional) – We buy ours here
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Mix the vinegar and alcohol in a spray bottle. To boost scent and cleansing properties, essential oil of your choice.
I’d highly recommended applying this mixture outdoors if possible, or to open all of the windows in the room. To be on the safe side, it is also a good idea to test the solution on a small corner of the material and wait until it dries before you apply it on the whole area of the upholstery.
Then, generously spray the surface of the upholstery and leave it to sit for 1-2 minutes. Gently scrub the area with a clean towel and allow it to dry out.
This mixture will remove stubborn stains, significantly refreshing the appearance of your upholstery. After the solution has dried, the only smell left will be of the essential oil. This mixture will also eliminate germs and pollutants. Give it a try, and you will be pleasantly surprised with the final result!
The recipe above is suitable for most types of upholstery. If you want to make a DIY mixture especially designed for a specific type of material, try one of the following recipes.
Combine ½ cup olive oil and ¼ cup white vinegar and put equal parts in a spray bottle.
Synthetic, Plastic or Nylon
You will need ½ cup white vinegar and 1 cup warm water. Mix in a spray bottle. Apply this solution generously on your furniture or car seat upholstery and leave it to dry. This amazing solution will not only refresh your upholstery, but will also eliminate any stains and germs.
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