Hellloooo Spring, it sure is nice to finally see you. Now that the season has finally graced us with it's presence, we are all ready to tackle our spring projects to see that our homes are ready for warmer weather. And while we all prepare to scrub our walls, scour the windows and steam clean our carpets, don't forget to tend to your furniture as well! Here are some tips to keep in mind for your cleaning process:
*Inspect your furniture and take notes! Are there items that need a touch up on polish or paint? Has the family sofa seen better days? Would you want to reupholster it or invest in a new one? Are there stains on your sofa, love seat or ottomans? Are there any tears? Be sure to keep a list so you know what you want or need to make everything as good as new. Then when you go to the hardware store or start looking for new pieces online you won't forget any of the details on your list!
*Clean under your furniture! Grab someone to help you move your sofa, chair, tables and rugs and be sure to vacuum under all pieces! Its amazing how quickly dust can build up and we forget to do this. While moving around your pieces see if you want to switch up your room's layout! Perhaps a change in your arrangement could prove rewarding in look. While moving things around be sure to check that all items, especially leather pieces are not placed directly in sunlight or by heat sources (at least 12" away) to prevent aging.
*Give your furniture some lovin'! Everyday your furniture sees a lot of use, whether its the family-friendly sectional or your passed down dining room table, its always good to have these items cleaned. See some guidelines below for cleaning specific pieces.
Cleaning Leather: Regular vacuuming or dusting w/ a clean white cloth prevents the build up of dust and grime. Depending on the type of leather you may need to call a professional cleaner to come clean stains, but if you choose to clean them yourself, make sure you blot with a clean damp white cloth and avoid using soaps or creams that could harm the leather.
Cleaning Upholstery: Again regular vacuuming will prevent build up of dust and grime, but to clean stains try a damp cloth with a product such as Woolite Upholstery cleaner and water solution on it. Then blot (dont rub!), the stain. If you want to test out the solution, try using it on a spot on the back of the item first, where no one will see your test run!
Cleaning Wood Furniture: Try using Smallin's recipe to make your own all-natural cleaner/polish. Simply mix 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/2 cup of vinegar or lemon juice in a plastic spray bottle, shake her up and spray onto a microfiber cloth. Then for smoothing out scratches, try Old English sprayed onto a rag and gently rub it onto the mark.
*Clean out Closets and Drawers! Discard or donate items you haven't worn in awhile. Store cold weather clothing and bring out warm weather clothing. Wipe down all drawers once emptied before filling them up with summer items. Do you find yourself struggling to fit everything you need in your closet?
*Freshen Your Bedroom! Now that warmer weather is here remove the heavy blankets and flannel sheets from your beds, wash and store them, and replace them with lighter sheets. Wash your mattress pads and rugs. Check your pillows, are they a couple years old? With use pillows can house bacteria and mold, so if you've had them for a couple years be sure to replace them with new ones. Inspect your mattress, does it still feel like its giving you the support you need? Does it look clean? Originally mattresses were designed so that you could flip them over every so often, but with the newer technology in the mattresses today this is no longer the case. So if you think it's time to flip yours, its actually time to purchase new!
Once you are done cleaning it is time for spring redesigning! What new pieces are you looking to add to your home? Feel free to contact us at any time for advice or guidance when it comes to spring redesigning!
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