Over time, your upholstery will get dirty and become stained. Yeah – it sucks, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do something about it.
You’ll need to put in some work and use the right homemade upholstery cleaner, but in the end, you should be able to restore the beauty of your upholstery.
Once you have the right materials, you can make some cleaner that will blast stains away while providing some much-needed restoration. There are several different recipes for homemade upholstery cleaners, and they’re designed for different types of material.
Homemade Fabric Upholstery Cleaner
If you need to clean this type of upholstery, we’ve got the perfect cleaner for you. To make it, you need to combine ¼ cup of white vinegar with ¾ cup of warm water. Add ½ tablespoon of natural liquid soap with the mixture and place all of it into a spray bottle.
A great option to consider is Castile soap. Make sure to shake the mixture inside of the bottle well and combine all of the ingredients. To clean with this solution, simply mist the area of the fabric that has become soiled.
Use a soft cloth to scrub the area using a circular motion and make sure to work the cleaning solution deep into the fabric’s nap.
Depending on how soiled the fabric is, you might need to reapply the mixture. Continue to moisten the cleaning cloth with clean warm water and keep scrubbing until the fabric is clean. For drying, just blot the cleansed area with a dry cloth.
Leather Upholstery Cleaner
If you have leather upholstery, then consider this homemade cleaning solution. To create this cleaner, mix ½ cup of olive oil with ¼ cup of vinegar and combine them inside of a spray bottle. Make sure to vigorously shake the bottle.
To apply the solution, lightly spray it onto the leather’s surface. Use a soft cloth to rub it into the material. The vinegar is very effective because it cleans well and evaporates quickly.
When you’re finished with the cleaning process, you can use a dry cloth to buff the leather and absorb any excess olive oil. This final step of the process will soften and condition the leather.
Synthetic Upholstery Cleaner
If you need to clean soiled synthetic upholstery, we have just the solution for you. To produce the cleaning solution, you’ll need to mix one cup of warm water with ½ cup of vinegar. Make sure to mix these ingredients thoroughly inside of a spray bottle.
You can use this cleaning solution on synthetic leather, nylon and plastic upholstery. If you find that your fabric is exceptionally soiled, you can add ½ tablespoon of natural liquid soap to the cleaning solution.
When you’re ready, shake the spray bottle well and mix the ingredients. Lightly mist the areas of fabric that are soiled but make sure that you apply enough solution.
Next, scrub the soiled areas using a circular motion and lint-free cloth. Repeat this process until the soiled areas are clean. You can use a dry cloth to wrap up the process.
Alternative Natural Upholstery Cleaner
There are some alternative options for cleaning solutions. A great solution consists of rubbing alcohol, white vinegar and essential oils for scent. All of these ingredients should be mixed in equal parts and added to a spray bottle.
DIY Car Upholstery Cleaner
Have some car upholstery that is particularly soiled? We’ve got you covered. You’ll want to grab three tablespoons of grated soap, two tablespoons of Borax, 10 drops of essential oil and two cups of boiling water.
Mix all of these ingredients thoroughly inside of a plastic bowl.
Make sure that you stir it until the mixture is foamy. Grab a stiff brush and start scrubbing the fabric. Use a wet cloth to wipe the area clean when you’re finished scrubbing. Allow everything to dry in the sun, and you’re finished.
Simple Tips to Follow
If you’re trying to remove non-greasy stains from your upholstery, make sure to use clean water. It’s important to use warm water when trying to remove greasy stains. If you’re cleaning furniture with these homemade solutions, make sure that you don’t use too much water.
Excessive amounts of water on the furniture can cause mildew to form and leave water stains. To speed up the drying process, you can place your upholstery in front of a fan.
When you’re finished cleaning furniture, it might be a good idea to consider adding a slip cover for additional protection.