Furniture is there to be used, and that’s just a fact. A couch can sit against the wall in any home, but if nobody sits in it, what purpose does it serve? If you’re like us, at the end of a long day, your couch is where you can kick back and take a well-deserved break, a space of rest and recovery. A good couch is a couch that gets used, and anything that gets used gets dirty. Here at Bear Water Restoration and Carpet Cleaning, we know more than a thing or two about cleaning furniture. After all, we’ve been cleaning carpets and furniture in Midland Michigan for over 20 years. Now, nothing will get your furniture feeling better than a thorough upholstery cleaning from Bear, but in between your seasonal upholstery cleaning, you might want to do some light upkeep yourself. Now there’s nothing we hate to see more than carpets and furniture damaged from improper cleaning, so here’s a safe way to clean your furniture without any fancy truck mounted cleaning machines or expensive solutions. 


Step 1: Vacuum the furniture. Go over the couch or chair or loveseat with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum, using overlapping strokes going from left to right. Afterwards, lift up the cushions (if possible) and vacuum underneath, paying attention to the crevices between cushions and especially the back of the furniture. This picks up a lot of the dirt and debris that might make its way into your couch from day to day use, but it doesn’t pick up the sweat and oil that your cushions absorb. That brings us to our next step.

Step 2: Check the tag on your furniture to see what kind of solution is safe to use on the fabric. Here is a short list of codes you may see on that tag, and what they mean:
W – Use water-based detergent.
S – Clean with water-free solvent. 

WS – Use either a water-based cleaner or a water-free cleaner.
X – Professional cleaning only. This one might be best left for Bear. 


If your furniture is safe to use with water-based cleaner, you can create one at home by filling a spray bottle with water, and then adding a few drops of liquid dish detergent, a touch of baking soda, and a capful of white vinegar, and then mixing it in the bottle. Before you clean the furniture itself, test the solvent on an inconspicuous part of the furniture, letting it dry completely, and checking for discoloration before you clean the rest of the furniture. 


Step 3: Use your spray bottle of cleaning solution to dampen a sponge, be sure to use the soft side of the sponge. Use that sponge to rub your solution into the fibers, while drying with a cloth by blotting after you rub with the sponge. For any spots that stand out on the couch, let the detergent sit for a few minutes before drying it off. 


As always, if the furniture needs a professional touch, you know how to find us. We’re available 24/7 by phone or on our website. Offering services from professional carpet cleaning to fire and water restoration to the Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, Clare, and surrounding areas in Michigan, when you need it done, Bear does it best.