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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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2018 Trends: How To Make Velvet Work For Your Style

Glam Velvet Interior

The velvet trend has been going strong since last fall when it was deemed the “it” fabric for 2018. Even if you don’t follow trends, there are so many reasons to bring velvet into your space.

Not only is velvet a timeless material, it also adds a lot of warmth and texture to any interior. And if you think velvet won’t work with your style, think again! Take a peek below for tips, tricks, and chic ways to make velvet work for your style.

The Look: Bold and Modern

Modern Velvet

If your style veers modern, stick to mid-century shapes with clean lines and no frills or ornamentation. Remember that mid-century modern is about texture and material so try pairing a velvet sofa with leather chairs or a velvet armchair against a bold-color wall or a graphic wallpaper.

You’ll also want to opt for velvet in strong, saturated tones, like warm reds, browns, earthy greens, and mustard yellows.

Where to velvet: One key piece, like a sofa or a chair.

The Look: Rich and Glamorous

Glam Velvet

This style is about a chic aesthetic infused with rich textures, so velvet is the perfect fabric to layer all over any glam living room. Try a tufted sofa in velvet or take an editorial approach and go with furniture sporting simple and sculptural shapes all upholstered in velvet. Anyone else feeling the India Mahdavi vibes?

Glam Velvet

And when it comes to colorful velvets, bold jewel tones are your BFF in a glam setting; mix ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst velvet accents and pillows for uber posh finishing touches.

Where to velvet: Anywhere and everywhere! The more velvet layers, the more lavish, luxe, and inviting it will feel.

The Look: Layered and Eclectic

Eclectic Velvet

When you’re going for an eclectic look that still feels welcoming, the most important thing to remember is to mix lots of different textures and materials together.

Eclectic Velvet

Try working velvet into your home this year alongside your macramé, rattan, marbles, and mixed metals. Keep an eye out for colors that collaborate with your current palette, rather than clash with it.

Where to velvet: One statement piece in velvet, such as a sofa, or several accent pieces, like a chair in a bold color or some velvet pillows.

The Look: Warm and Traditional

Traditional Velvet

You might not think there’s room for velvet in a traditional-style space since it’s a look that’s more timeless than trendy. But it’s still possible to make 2018’s it fabric work in your home.

Traditional VelvetLayer in velvet accents in neutral or muted colors, like forest green pillows or a soft gray sofa, to complement a leather chair or rich oriental rug.

Where to velvet: Accent pieces in neutral colors. Try also finding velvets with a more crushed and textured look to bring in some old-world charm.

The Look: Sleek and Industrial

Industrial Velvet

All about the raw materials, industrial enthusiasts might not think velvet has a place inside the clean-lined loft look.

But contrary to what you might think, velvet can actually bring an unexpected pop of warmth without straying too far from industrial roots. Not to mention velvet can also help break up the strong lines and angular shapes in industrial spaces.

Industrial VelvetStick to velvets in a cool neutral palette, such as slate, graphite, and blue, to maintain the pared-down industrial appeal.

Where to velvet: Try a pop of velvet with pillows or dining chairs for something unexpected that also adds warmth.

The Look: Elegant and Classic

Classic Velvet

If chic, sophisticated style and classic furnishings are what you gravitate towards, your options for velvet are endless.

Classic VelvetEnhance the elegance of this look with designs that have classic silhouettes rendered in velvet – we’re talking about chesterfield sofas, wingback chairs, x-benches and even pillows, but all in a soft, subtle palette of pastels and neutrals. The overall look will be a little more understated than glam, but just as polished and alluring.

Where to velvet: Keep to classic shapes for your furniture and give them a modern update with velvet upholstery. Think tufted velvet sofas alongside velvet drapes for a swoon-worthy interior.

The Look: Cozy and Rustic

Rustic Velvet Interior

For a room that’s all about coziness and warmth, velvet can play up your rustic space when it’s incorporated in the right way.

Rustic Velvet InteriorSteer clear of shiny velvets in bright hues and opt for crushed velvets with lots of texture and in warmer earth tones instead. Think warm yellows, burnt oranges, or rich browns. The focus should be on sumptuous velvets that’s more about texture and less about sheen.

Where to velvet: Start with accent pieces, like a chair or pillows, and if you’re feeling like you need a big dose of comfort to anchor the space, go with a relaxed-style sofa that doesn’t have any tufting or traditional detailing.

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