If you’re tired of using harmful chemicals in cleaning your upholstery, you can use green methods and solutions instead. Some of these items are already available in your home while others are readily available in stores. Here are some examples of stains and the eco-friendly ways to clean them.
Stains coming from food, beverages, soil, dust and accumulated dirt are also removable using green cleaning solutions. In a container, create a mixture of half dish detergent and half water. Then, whip mixture up until frothy using a hand mixer. Get a clean rag or cloth and rub the froth on the stain. Lastly, rinse with water.
Use a steam cleaner for deeply soiled upholstery. A steam cleaner is eco-friendly because it uses water to clean. Just keep in mind that a steam cleaner also uses electricity, so it may not be 100 percent eco-friendly.
Another way to clean your upholstery in an eco-friendly manner is to use vinegar, which is a natural acid that’s safe for human consumption and will not harm the environment. Vinegar is also a very effective cleaning agent. Mix 1 cup of vinegar and 1 gallon of hot water and then place the mixture inside the upholstery extractor. When you use the extractor, it will inject the mixture into the surface and then pull the dirt.
Probably the most popular of green cleaning materials is baking soda, which is a natural product that is also a deodorizing agent. Baking soda can remove stains and odor. Make a baking soda paste by adding 2 tbsp. of water to every 1 cup of baking soda. Use a spray bottle to spray plain warm water to the stained surface. Use a rag to spread the baking soda paste thoroughly onto your upholstery. Gently scrub the baking soda onto the upholstery surface using a soft bristle brush to loosen the dirt.
Red Wine Spills or Red Ink
You’ve seen this happen before, perhaps during a dinner party. Red wine spills are not only dreaded mishaps, they also pose huge dilemma, especially when the spills end up on your upholstered furnishing. Imagine if the furnishing has white, creamy or light colored upholstery–the result would be more devastating. Fortunately, although red wine spills can be nightmarish, it is still removable. First, you have to act as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the stain. Using clean paper towels, blot up the red wine spills as much as you can. Mix a teaspoon of dish soap to a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Dip a dry, clean paper towel into the mixture and blot it on the red wine stain. You can also use the hydrogen peroxide mixture to remove red ink stains.
If you love coffee, you should no longer fear drinking your coffee while you are sitting on an upholstered furnishing. Mix an egg yolk with lukewarm water. Then, take a dry towel and rub the mixture on the coffee stain.