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Simple Upholstery Cleaning Tips For Spring!

Spring has almost sprung, so it’s time to get set for a front-to-back home refresh. It’s all about swapping out winter items for warmer weather, reorganizing and rearranging spaces, and, of course, cleaning!

One of the best investments you can make this season is showing a little love for your upholstery. Whether it’s your sofa or upholstered headboard, these pieces need regular cleaning in order for them to look their best all year round. And there’s no better time than spring to tackle some deep upholstery cleaning!

Don’t worry, we know cleaning your upholstery can feel intimidating. For instance, how do you clean a sofa? Where do you even start? Or what’s the best way to wipe down an ottoman? And an upholstered bed?

Here, we’re answering all the top questions and dishing our best upholstery cleaning tips along the way. We guarantee it’ll motivate you to get a head start on your own spring cleaning!

Need help getting started? Check out our spring refresh checklist and get inspiration for ways to decorate with plants to ready your home for the new season!

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Know Your Upholstery Fabrics

Before any vacuuming or scrubbing, check to make sure you know the different upholstery fabrics you’ll be cleaning. Different fabrics require different cleaning methods–such as wiping down leather vs. suede and gently blotting wool, linen, or velvet.

Chances are, your upholstered sofa or headboard came with a fabric guide or a best-practice cleaning tag. So take a close look for the best treatment for the fabric, then come up with a gameplan. If anything is unclear, look up your exact piece and upholstery weave and material from the manufacturer’s site to find out their recommended cleaning advice.

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Tackle Stains Slowly

Following fabric guidelines, you’ll want to treat stains accordingly based on upholstery material—especially if you’re trying to clean a couch with tough stains. Though in general, most fabric stains can be treated with a mild detergent mix and water.

If you’re working with a vacuum that has a steam cleaner, use it! Think of it as your BFF when it comes to easy and effective upholstery cleaning. Start by vacuuming your upholstery, then spot treat any particular stain slowly one by one. Remember: Blot, don’t scrub! Too much friction can damage the fabric and ruin your upholstery. Let the treated area dry, then vacuum one more time.

For those of you dealing with a white sofa, a steam cleaner is the perfect upholstery cleaning tool. Also, consider slipcovers that you can remove and throw toss into the wash. They’re guaranteed to keep all your white upholstery looking clean and new for years. Also, check out our comprehensive guide on should I get a white sofa.

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Make Vacuuming A Habit

Upholstered furniture are magnets for dirt and dust and other airborne spores—just because you can’t see the dust, doesn’t mean that it’s not there!

This is especially true if you have an upholstered bed or headboard. It might not be obvious but hair and dust have a tendency to collect quickly on these pieces even if they’re not easily visible. And you definitely don’t want to be sleeping with dust around, so make sure to vacuum these pieces. And while upkeep might sound tedious, there are actually a lot of pros for having an upholstered headboard. Check out our guide on is an upholstered bed right for you.

It’s recommended you vacuum your furniture at least once every other week, so make it a point to do routine upholstery cleaning in your home. For quick and easy cleaning on the regular, use the narrow parts of your vacuum to get into the nooks and crannies of your sofas and chairs where dust and dirt tend to collect. Then, once every season (three months), go for a deep upholstery cleaning, removing stains, and steam cleaning your pieces.

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Do Deodorize

Part of upholstery cleaning is keeping your pieces looking, feeling, and smelling fresh. If you’ve ever caught a whiff of odor from your upholstery, you’re not alone. This is especially true if you have pets! From daily clothes to pets rubbing up on the fabric, odors, like stains, are bound to develop over time.

To tackle upholstery odors, you can use baking soda to help lift any odors and oils from your upholstery. Simply sprinkle and pat it into the upholstery and let it sit for a few hours. It will absorb any odors and oils during that time. Then just vacuum it up after.

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A Few Good Rules Of Thumb:

Avoid harsh chemicals. Spraying strong cleaning chemicals directly onto your furniture–such as Lysol is not a good idea, especially in bedrooms. While this solution may be tempting–you don’t want to be sleeping with chemicals in the air and under your pillow. Try for an organic and chemical-free upholstery cleaning formula instead, or go with a DIY mixture of 1 cup water or club soda, ½ cup white vinegar, ½ Tbsp natural dish soap, and 1 drop thieves essential oil.

Keep dampness at bay. Avoid sitting or leaning on your upholstered pieces with a wet head or wet towel. Water is a huge cause of bacterial growth and a big reason for stains and discoloration in upholstered furnishings.

Consider synthetic fabrics. When purchasing upholstered furniture, look for performance fabrics made with synthetic materials that are naturally stain and mildew-resistance. This will make all your upholstery cleaning much easier, especially if you’re leaning towards upholstered pieces in lighter colors!

Know when to call the pros. If you’re not sure how to tackle a stain that’s too large or serious, you’ll be much better off seeking professional cleaning help. While spot treating small stains can easily be done at home yourself, large stains that aren’t dealt with properly can end up ruining your piece, so it’s safest to call in the pros.

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The Secret Ingredient Every Room Needs – How and Where to Add Natural Texture

living roomHere at Modsy, there’s a design element we talk about ALL the time. It’s the secret ingredient that turns any room from blah to beautiful. It helps create a warm and inviting space. And it is the key to making any room look perfectly polished. What is it? Texture! Layers and layers of natural texture.

There’s something so cozy and inviting about using natural textures throughout your home. Most people know how important color is in decorating, but not everyone appreciates the need for texture. Whatever the theme or style of your design, texture adds warmth, comfort, and nuance to your room. This can be in the form of visual or tactile textures—think colors and patterns vs. materials. Without it, even rooms filled with the most beautiful furniture can fall flat.

One of our favorite ways to add texture (and a current trend darling of the design world) is through natural materials! Natural elements can infuse any room with life and add an array of interesting textures. But you might be wondering how and where to incorporate these into your space?

First of all, if you’re wondering what exactly qualifies as natural materials, this post will give you the full scoop. Then, check out these 7 places to incorporate natural textures into your home!

woven textureStorage Pieces

For a major way to add a pop of texture to a room, look for a storage piece that features natural materials. It’s a great way to make a BIG style statement, as these pieces are usually larger and pack a more prominent visual punch. Talk about a conversation starter!

A cool texture can also turn what could be just another boring storage piece into a beautiful addition to your space! We picked this credenza with a woven seagrass front. The natural texture agrees with almost any style while making a visual statement that won’t be ignored. You can also find beautiful wood (such as burl), cane, or even cork varieties.

Lighting

Lighting is a small and easy way to experiment with adding different textures into your design. We love a good pendant made of woven rattan or rope, which you can also find in table lamp options as well. Ceramics or stones are another fun way to bring natural texture in through your light fixtures.

On the other hand, if you prefer to go big with natural textures in your furniture, stick to more streamlined designs for your light fixtures, like those currently popular in the industrial lighting trend. 

woven texturesSeating

Your main seating is also a great opportunity to layer in some natural texture. Consider a sofa, armchairs, dining chairs, benches, and even poufs or ottomans that have a natural look. For sofas, go with a natural material that won’t compromise the comfort factor. Linen and leather are great places to start! With accent seating (like chairs and benches) you can think a little more outside the box. These are great places to incorporate materials like rattan, cane, woven cord or rope, or even woven leather.

Stylist Tip: Pick different materials for your main and accent seating that will look great together. This is an easy way to bring a more layered, textured look to life in your space.

Art and Decor

Art and decor might be the easiest way to incorporate natural textures into your home. Items like wall art, mirrors, baskets, and decorative objects are all smaller and generally more affordable than a sofa or storage piece, for example. They offer a great low-risk way to experiment with different trends or decor ideas.

For the natural textures trend, consider adding art with a woven design. These woven raffia plates from All Across Africa are our current obsession. Mirrors with frames composed of rattan, driftwood, or another natural material are also great options. And, of course, the natural texture possibilities are endless with baskets and other small decorative accents.

woven texturePlants

How could we talk about natural textures without mentioning the queen of them all? Plants!

Indoor plants are the trend that has never died (and hopefully never will) for so many reasons. They boost your mental wellness, add color and beauty to a room, fill up odd nooks and corners—and we just love the way they liven up a space with oodles of natural texture. Play with different plant varieties together in one room to add contrasting textures.

Stylist Tip: If a living plant isn’t in the cards for you, consider adding a few sprigs of dried pampas grass eucalyptus to a vase for some lovely texture (and it smells amazing to boot!).

woven textureRugs

If you want to know more about the many functional benefits of natural fiber rugs, this post has you covered! From a style POV, these types of rugs are also a great way to add natural texture. Jute, sisal, and seagrass are the main varieties, but you can also find options that are blended with wool for a plusher under-foot texture.

Natural fiber rugs are also an awesome choice if you like the layered look. Larger sizes are generally less expensive than their wool counterparts. Plus, they provide a lovely versatile base that’s perfect for endless layering options.

Textiles

Aside from rugs, consider adding natural textures in other textile elements in your room. This could be pillows, throw blankets, or curtains. Even a sheepskin throw is a lovely way to add a pop of natural plushness to your room. For window treatments, consider linen drapes or bamboo blinds (or both together!).

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