The number one method to keep cloth furniture clean is prevention. Avoid having dirty or potentially have leather couches in the family room and the nicer cloth furniture in the living room. That being said here are a few things to do the keep and clean cloth upholstery.
Vacuum regularly using a dusting attachment (the attachment with brushes) this helps loosen dust and dirt making the cleaning and any future spills much easier. Be sure the vacuum under the cushions as well (you will find loose change), but crumbs always work their way under the cushions.
If you have a stain which needs removing use a general purpose spot cleaner and clean by following the package instructions, it is always better to tamp or blot stains, rubbing damages fibres and sets stains. Here is a recipe for a good home made spotter for cloth upholstery.
Mix ¼ cup of laundry soap with warm water if you use a mixer or a whisk you can mix to a froth and use the foam as your spotter. Apply with a clean cloth or sponge, tamp or blot the stain as the stain breaks down into the foam remove with a kitchen scraper. Rinse by using cool water and blotting with a dry white towel. Always test a small area on and unseen spot on the upholstery first to be sure there are no adverse affects.
If you have a fresh stain always blot with a clean white towel first to absorb as much of the spill before having to put out the cleaning supplies. Often immediate blotting with remove much if not all of the spill.
Many people don’t attach much time to planning or setting up a cleaning schedule for themselves. Here are some advantages to setting up a regular cleaning schedule for yourself or your family.
- You will always keep up with your cleaning so you won’t be overwhelmed with cleaning tasks.
- Your home will be an overall healthier environment.
- You will have extra time for larger tasks if you always keep up with the basics.
- You don’t have to worry about dusty shelves if you see them, because you know it will be taken care on the scheduled time etc.
- Cleaning is very easy if it is done often, the dirt never builds up to the point where it is difficult to clean. Just be sure to have all the needed janitorial supplies on hand!
- Most surfaces and or objects last longer if they are clean.
We’ve discovered some of the best housekeeping services and listed them for you here. We’ve also put together a list of helpful hints to keeping your house and your rental property clean.
Don’t have enough time for house cleaning yourself? Want a professional look, but aren’t sure how to get it? If these situations describe you, hiring a housekeeper or professional cleaning company may be right for you. Below you’ll find a list of housekeeping companies that come highly rated in the Miami area.
Nice-N-Clean Maid Service
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Miami Beach Maid Housekeeping Maid Easy
Beyond Cleaning Services
If you own a property that you rent out, you’ll want to ensure its cleanliness to attract renters. Many rental properties are used for vacations and if you have a clean property, vacationers will likely come back year after year to vacation at your property. If rentals are rented on a weekly basis, hiring a cleaning company can be very beneficial. The company will perform routine cleaning and can also ensure other maintenance items are cleaned as needed-such as blinds, ovens, appliances and walls.
Rental properties used for vacation require extra cleaning on a week-to-week basis. Be sure the company you hire will change linens, clean tubs and showers, mirrors and clean appliances used often like microwaves and stoves.
Musty Closets & Mildew
Musty closets can be a nuisance in humid climates like Miami. To combat that musty smell, you can buy specially made products made to keep your closet smelling fresh. Leaving the light on for short periods of time throughout the day can also help get rid of moisture in your closet. Air your clothes before rehanging them in the closet or putting them in a hamper, as oils and moisture from your skin get trapped in fabrics throughout the day.
To keep mildew from gathering on places like shower curtains, use a solution of lemon juice and water to clean, then dry in the sun. Or clean that shower curtain with a store bought solution made specifically to combat mildew.
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