There is nothing quite like the look and feel of a leather lounge. It’s soft, tough and comfortable, with a reflective glow that sets the tone for any room.
The hallmark of genuine leather is it’s natural markings and imperfections – grain wrinkles, stretch marks and closed scars are also typical characteristics of leather, the result of age, movement and comfortable wear.
Whether you have a household full of muddy children, fluffy pets or you live alone, it’s important that you maintain your leather lounge to keep it looking good and avoid any of the side-effects of age. Similar to an expensive piece of clothing or a quality pair of shoes, a leather lounge needs regular care, attention and maintenance.
Here are our tips to keep your leather lounge looking good.
- Before you attempt to clean your leather furniture, it is important to determine the type of leather you’re working with. You can typically find this information on the tags attached to your furniture or in the written material distributed with your furniture. You can also contact your furniture retailer or manufacturer.
- The tags and other written information generally provide tips on cleaning your particular furniture. It is recommended that before attempting any cleaning methods that you follow the cleaning procedures recommended by the manufacturer of your particular furniture.
- Never ever use household cleaners on your leather lounge! Never use furniture polish, soap, shoe polish, saddle soap, baby wipes or any cleaning product that is not designed specifically for leather. Prolonged use of a non-leather cleaning product could lead to splitting or cracking of the leather in your lounge.
- Using a vacuum cleaner, remove any dirt, dust, debris, and crumbs that have built up between the cracks and folds of your couch. Avoid using the vacuum’s hose directly on your sofa, as this can cause scratches on the leather.
- Food and spills should be removed immediately from your leather lounge using a soft, non-abrasive damp cloth or absorbent paper. For particularly nasty spills, use an a authorised leather care kit.
- Leather care treatment – three to four times a year clean, condition and protect your leather lounge with an authorised leather care kit. Pay special attention to seats, arm rests and head rests which come in direct contact with skin and hair. Apply a generous amount of leather conditioner (available in most furniture shops or grocery stores) onto a soft cloth and rub it in a circular motion, covering the entire leather surface. Allow it to dry and settle for about 10-15 minutes. For best results, buff the leather lounge with a soft cloth to make it shiny and instantly brand new looking.
There is nothing worse than to see a stain on the beautiful and expensive sofa –especially if it is a food stain that can sometimes be very difficult to get out. There are plenty of ready-made furniture cleaners that you can find in the stores. The problem that many have with these cleaners is that they can be very harsh, and shorten the life of the fabric. That is why many are now trying to come up with their own cleaning solutions. There are plenty of ways to remove stains from your sofa. Below you will find a few ideas and suggestions.
- Get a bowl and put three tablespoons of baking soda in it. In the baking soda you will want to add about one tablespoon of club soda. Mix this together and you will have sort of a paste. You can then take a cloth and rub this onto the couch stain. Don’t use a paper towel for this. Once it is rubbed in, well you can dip the cloth into some warm water and squeeze it out well. You just want the cloth to be damp not dripping wet. You can then wipe the cleaner off of the couch. After wiping it with the cloth, you can use the vacuum hose to get the rest of the powder left from the baking soda off of the sofa.
- Here’s another one that you can try – Take a cloth and place it in about one cup of vinegar. Be sure to immerse a corner of the cloth in the vinegar and then ring it out well. You will only need to use the corner to clean the stain. Gently rub the cloth over the stain until it comes out.
- On a microfiber sofa (which is said to be the easiest sofa to remove stains from)- Grab some baby wipes and wipe the stained area until the stain start to loosen.
- On a suede sofa – using some denatured alcohol and letting it sit would be a good option. Tip: Just remember every sofa respond differently, so test a hidden area first before you do the whole sofa to prevent discoloration.
- A cotton sofa can easily be cleaned by throwing them into the washing machine. That’s the plus side to this material. If you don’t want to machine wash, you can also use dish washing or detergent and water. Make sure the water is not very soapy and wipe down your sofa to remove the stain. After you have done this grab a fresh cloth with warm water and re-wipe the area.
- If your furry friend just went pee all over your sofa – don’t leave it to dry and pretend nothing happened! You wouldn’t want company and yourself sitting on dried pee, would you? Solution is, just a little vinegar and water gets this stain and smell out of your sofa. You can also sprinkle some baking soda on the spot to take care of the smell as well.
No matter how clean you keep your home, old carpets accumulate stains and appear dingy. Regular cleaning brightens the carpet and removes the stains. While many carpet cleaning solutions and stain removers contain harsh chemicals and emit strong odors, a few common household products can clean your carpets effectively.
To remove stains, the general rule to remember is: simply blot the spot and dry working from the outside in, rinse thoroughly with clean water, then blot again. Never scrub the carpet, or you risk ruining the carpet fibers or letting the spill soak through to the carpet pad.
1. Vacuum any dry dirt to remove as much as possible.
2. Dip a white cloth into detergent solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait 15 minutes, then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth.
3. Dip another dry white cloth in lukewarm water and dab repeatedly, then press it on the spot for a few seconds.
Special Water-Soluble Stains
For blood, chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, vomit, wine
Try 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with 1 cup of water (but not on wool or wool-blend carpet; instead use mild detergent and water). If that doesn’t work, you can try one part chlorine bleach to five parts water, but only on solution-dyed carpets, such as polypropylene. Bleach will harm other types of carpets; check with the manufacturer if you are unsure what type of carpet you have.
Fat, Oil, and Wax
Place a paper towel over the carpet and iron on warm setting. The wax, fat, or oil should come up off the carpet and stick to the paper towel.
These can be removed by gently rubbing the pile with the edge of a hard and flat surface, such as a dull knife.
Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and press it on the affected area. Once the glue residue is thoroughly moistened, gently wipe it off and repeat until the carpet is clean.
Wax and Gum
Use ice to freeze the wax or gum, then shatter it with a blunt object, such as a spoon. Vacuum before the pieces soften, and blot the carpet with a white towel.
Blot the area with a rag dipped in nail polish remover.
Urine (from your kids and that beloved pet)
Absorb as much as possible with white towels, then blot with a damp, cool cloth. Next, spray or blot with a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water. Finally, apply a solution of 1/2 teaspoon of clear, mild, non-bleach detergent mixed with 32 ounces of water, rinse, and blot dry. If the urine was the result of a dog’s accident, you may also want to try a housebreaking aid such as No-Go.
Oil and Grease
For butter, salad dressing, cheese, eggnog, cooking oil, tree sap, crayon, lotion, mascara, lipstick, nail polish
Apply a small amount of solvent to a white cloth. Dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Rinse by blotting with a white cloth soaked in lukewarm water. Wait one hour or until the carpet completely dries. If the stain is getting lighter, repeat until the stain is removed.
Apply a small amount of solvent to a white cloth, then blot. Wait 15 minutes to dry; repeat if necessary. Rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water.
Permanent Felt-Tip Marker
Apply a small amount of solvent to a white cloth, then blot. Wait 15 minutes to dry. Dip a white cloth into detergent solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait 15 minutes, then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth. Rinse by blotting with a white cloth soaked in lukewarm water.
1. Dip a white cloth into detergent solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds.
2. Wait 15 minutes, then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth.
3. Dip the cloth into vinegar solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait another 15 minutes.
4. Wait one hour or until the carpet dries completely. If the stain is getting lighter, repeat the first three steps until the stain is gone.
An ounce of prevention is worth of a pound of cure when you need to control mold. By making it difficult for mold to thrive, you can greatly reduce how much is in your house, and you should remove the fungus as soon as it starts to show. Do not give mold a chance to gain a foothold, as it can spread spores all over the house, resulting in a moldy nightmare.
Here are a few ways you can prevent mould from invading your home, plus how to remove it once it has already creeped into your house.
- Primarily, the best way to prevent mold is to keep the house clean and dry. Mold and mildew thrive in damp, warm environments, so make sure that spills of liquids and foods are promptly cleaned up, so they have nothing to feed on, and take steps to reduce the humidity in your home. A dehumidifier can be used to dry the air. Proper ventilation is also important, and you may want to invest in fans to improve air circulation.
- If mold and mildew do start to appear, your approach to remove it will vary, depending on the substance the mold is infesting. If possible, the fungus should be exposed to sunlight. A rug, for example, that begins to show mold can be taken outside and sunned to kill the spores. The same can be done with other textiles, and they can be treated with a mild bleach and water solution before being washed and hung outside to dry so that the sun will kill any remaining spores. Paper products should be discarded, as it can be impossible to remove mold from your house when it has established itself on books, magazines, and newspapers.
- If there is visible mold on studs or wood floors, the best treatment is to sand them down to physically remove the mold (since liquid solutions will not kill spores and may not penetrate deeply enough into the wood). Sanding down mold-contaminated surfaces is dangerous and should be performed by a trained professional who is certified to do mold and hazardous materials cleanups, and who is wearing appropriate protective gear (including a respirator that has been fit-tested).
- On carpeting, use a vacuum to pull up as much mold and mildew as possible, and make sure to wipe the vacuum down and expose it to sunlight afterwards. Use a cloth soaked in a bleach solution to blot the moldy area, first spot testing on a hidden area. Use a dry cloth to absorb as much moisture as possible from the area, and a fan to help it dry quickly. Other types of flooring such as wood, linoleum, stone, or tile can be thoroughly mopped to remove mold.
- Throw away all non-cleanable items that have been wet for more than two days or that have visible mold. Non-cleanable items include mattresses, carpeting and carpet padding, rugs, stuffed animals, upholstery, wallpaper, drywall, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation material, clothing, leather, paper, soft plastics and wood. These items can hold spores and remain a source of mold growth for years, so they should be removed from your home immediately.
When carpets get damaged in water for several hours, woven fibers also get detached from the polyurethane backing. Because of this, it leaves no good alternative other than changing it. However, not all carpets damaged by water are severely affected. Many times only little amount of water has dropped. So cleaning, sanitizing, and drying will help homemakers in making choices. They do it when challenged with issues about wet carpeting.
Here are some tips which will be useful when saving a water-damaged carpet:
Time is of the essence in the case of carpet water damage. Mold, fungus and bacteria can start to flourish after a mere twelve hours. With carpet water damage, you should:
- Immediately stop the water flow causing the damage if possible
- Remove any books, magazines or other personal effects on the floor to a dry area
- Remove any rugs, throw pillows and light furniture
- Contact a reputable water damage service company
- Speak with your insurance company as it may cover the damage
Clean water damage
If your carpet gets wet with clean water coming from:
- a damaged pipe, overflowing sink, and leaking appliances, or
- water coming from toilet and bathroom overflow with the presence of urine, warm water heater leaks, or any possible spills where water is mixed with impurities…
then the carpets can be restored and cleaned without replacement – if there are no marks of big damage. Get rid of standing water using truck mounted extraction machine while positioning dehumidifiers and air movers in the wet carpet. It speeds up the drying procedure while eliminating the appearance of mildew and mold. Your water damage carpet cleaning can provide for the machine and the necessary experience from beginning to end.
Dirty/harmful water damage
If your carpet has been wet or damaged by water containing feces or raw sewage from drainage, or water coming from outside (which moves first in the ground before going inside the house and then soiling the carpet), then this water are laden with germs and pathogens that are clear threats to the safety and health of the occupants. Those carpets damaged by water should be removed and be discarded. It should be done by professionals with the application of anti-microbial agent to sub-floor surfaces. There are no short cuts taken, and strict observance to industry rules must be followed. There are guidelines and standards for carpet restoration caused by damaging water, which only your professional carpet cleaning company can solve. Don’t try to do it yourself, as doing so might make you sick.