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Green Tips for Cleaning Upholstery

Most natural cleaners are made from ingredients already in your cabinets so you don’t need to spend money on anything anymore.

Below are safe, non-toxic techniques for cleaning your furniture and keeping them in the best condition.


Leather Upholstery

Don’t bother buying fancy leather cleansers and conditioners to make your leather sofa or leather club chair look brand new. Natural cleaners, when used correctly, can bring back the natural luster of leather. Avoid harmful soap and abrasive cleaners at all cost.

Loose dirt and spills - Wipe leather with pure water using a clean sponge. Do not rub the area, as this might create a bigger stain. Just dab.

For basic cleaning - A mixture of olive oil and vinegar makes a simple cleaner. Measure ½ cup olive oil and ¼ cup white vinegar into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Spray the leather surface lightly and wipe with a soft cloth to remove fingerprints and oils. The vinegar will evaporate after cleaning the surface. Buff the leather with a dry cloth until the olive oil has absorbed evenly into the leather.

To remove spots  - Use a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Gently wipe the paste onto the area with the spot. Wipe clean afterwards.

When stained with something oily -  Apply a small amount of cornstarch and let it stay. Wipe the powder away with a cloth and repeat the process until the oil has been fully absorbed.


Fabric Upholstery

Prevent dust and dirt buildup by brushing your fabric furniture regularly.

For mild stains -  Combine ¼ cup white vinegar, ½ tablespoon of natural liquid soap, and ¾ cup water into a spray bottle. Shake to combine the ingredients. Spray the soiled area lightly and scrub in a circular motion to work the cleanser into the fabric. Reapply if necessary. To remove excess soap, moisten cloth with clean water and scrub the area.

For stubborn stains - Fill a container with ½ part water and ½ part mild soap and use a hand mixer to whip it up until you make foam. Dab the foam onto the spots. Allow to dry then vacuum.

For ink spills - Use hydrogen peroxide and a teaspoon of mild soap to remove the stain. Blot this on the stain with a dry towel behind the fabric. This also works for other fabric furniture like carpets and curtains.

To remove undesirable odors -  Dry upholstery cleaners made from a mixture of cornstarch and baking soda can remove bad odors from upholstery.