Keep home furnishings looking at their best with these simple cleaning tips for leather, wooden, plastic, and acrylic furniture.
In the current economic climate, it makes much sense to spend a little time looking after furnishings, to help them last as long as possible. This need not take more than a few minutes, although stain removal will require additional attention.
Cleaning Tips for Leather Furniture
While leather furniture is often highly desirable, it is essential to remember that this may not be the best option if you intend to get a puppy or have young children. Paws and leather do not mix well, so unless you favour the distressed look, it may be wise to choose an alternative or invest in some good puppy training lessons. Most leather furniture has specific instructions on keeping it looking at its best. Therefore these are your first port of call, making it important to keep them in a safe place.
To preserve leather furniture, it is well worth thinking about positioning it away from windows, as direct sunlight causes the leather to become very dry, which leads to cracks. I recommend some further tips on caring for leather furnishings, including the following:
- Dust frequently
- Clean off marks with a damp cloth (unless instructed otherwise)
- Handle serious marks with moisturising soap – rub with a cloth, then buff off
- Occasionally treat with saddle soap – restores life and colour
Keep Wooden Furniture Clean
As with leather furniture, it is well worth spending a bit of time on keeping wooden furniture looking at its best. While varnished wood merely requires a quick wipe down using a damp cloth, painted wood must also be properly dried. Waxed wood needs further care, with frequent dusting and annual wax replacement necessary.
Suppose either pine or waxed wood is beginning to look rather tired and dry. In that case, I recommend a few simple restorative steps to include:
- Wash with a damp cloth, warm water, squirt washing-up liquid
- Wipe over with clean water
- Use soft, lint-free cloth to remove moisture, then leave to dry
- Evenly apply liquid wax on a soft cloth, rub off surplus, then buff vigorously
Cleaning Tips for Plastic and Acrylic Furniture
Unlike both leather and wooden furniture, caring for plastic and acrylic furniture is very simple, requiring little more than dusting and the odd wipe down to get rid of any dirty marks. However, it is important to avoid using scouring pads, as this will cause scratches. In addition to using neat washing-up liquid for tacking very dirty marks,non-gel toothpaste as being a valuable means of handling scratches left on acrylic furniture.
As highlighted above, keeping furniture clean will extend its life and make a room look more inviting. Always follow instructions supplied by the manufacturer and make sure leather furniture is out of direct sunlight. At the same time, waxed wood must be given an annual wax treatment.