DIY Upholstery Cleaning

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DIY Upholstery Cleaning
Daily use can leave upholstery dirty. (queen Anne style bench image by James Phelps from

Upholstery gets very dirty from daily use, whether it's dirt and dust or the natural oil that's transferred onto it from skin. Regular upholstery cleaning keeps it looking and smelling fresh. Different cleaning methods are needed for fabric and leather upholstery.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum cleaner w/ upholstery attachment
  • Bowl
  • Warm water
  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • 2 soft cloths
  • Paper towels
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups linseed oil
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Leather polish

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    Fabric Upholstery

  1. 1

    Vacuum your upholstery with an upholstery attachment once a week. This will remove everyday dust and dirt.

  2. 2

    Pour warm water into a large bow. Add 1 tsp mild liquid dish soap.

  3. 3

    Dip a soft cloth into the mixture, and squeeze out the excess moisture.

  4. 4

    Blot stains with the moisture. Dry the upholstery completely afterward with a paper towel.

    Leather Upholstery

  1. 1

    Pour 1 cup white vinegar into a medium-size bowl.

  2. 2

    Add 2 cups linseed oil to the vinegar.

  3. 3

    Dip a lint-free cloth into the mixture, and apply it all over your leather upholstery.

  4. 4

    Let the solution dry overnight.

  5. 5

    Dip a soft cloth into leather polish, and rub the cloth in a circular motion all over the leather upholstery to restore its shine.

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