• Tips for Cleaning Second-Hand Furniture

    Can upholstery and carpet cleaning really make that consignment store find look like new?

    If you’re a garage sale or second-hand store shopper, you might not readily associate upholstery and carpet cleaning with your furniture rehabilitation process, but maybe you should. It’s amazing the difference the right cleaning can make to second-hand furniture. It can take it from someone’s drab reject to a centerpiece in your interior design.

    Cleaning Furniture

    Here are some helpful tips to get the most out of cleaning your second-hand furniture finds:

    Tip #1: Don’t Bring the Germs Inside

    Clean your new furniture before you take it inside. Since you’re not sure where it has been, you want to make sure any germs, bacteria, or dirt that came with the chair get taken care of before you introduce them to your home. The right methods of upholstery and carpet cleaning can make the difference.

    Tip #2: Focus on the Surface First

    Vacuum the upholstery first to get rid of the dirt, dust, debris, food, and pet hair that may have been left behind by the previous owner. Get down into the crevices to be sure you don’t miss anything.

    Tip #3: Disinfect!

    Using a disinfectant, spray the surface of the fabric lightly to cover, but not soak it. Wipe gently with a clean, white cloth.

    Tip #4: Clean the Fabric

    Check the tag to see if there is a manufacturer recommended cleaning method. If yes, be sure to stick to it if you want to preserve the original upholstery. Water, dry-cleaning, or solvent are generally the typical types of cleaning suggestions. If there isn’t a tag, use a gentle dishwashing soap diluted with water and gently scrub with a soft cloth.

    Tip #5: Seek Professional Help

    The surest way to get second-hand furniture not only clean, but to remove the stains, disinfect it, and get it looking like new is with professional cleaning. The right tools and the right products will spiff up the upholstery and protect it from damage at the same time.

    Got a second-hand piece of furniture you can’t wait to put in your home? Call Whitehall Carpet Cleaners at 803-732-3200, or schedule an appointment for upholstery and carpet cleaning to make the most of your thrifty find.

    By: Matt Lashway Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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