All-Natural Upholstery Cleaner
Some friends of ours generously gave us a couch and love seat set. The colors and the floral pattern on the fabric looks great in our home. The couch is very comfortable. The set definitely looks better and feels better than the couch we used before.
Once we removed the other couch and set these up in our living room, I noticed in our light that one couch was used more than the other. The love seat appears to be virtually unused. On the other hand, the long couch seems to be the preferred seating in the other house. The fabric appeared discolored. It looked gray instead of the creamy yellow color of the love seat.
Upon closer examination, I determined that the couch was just dirty. The cushions and arm rests were discolored by dirt and grime. I wondered what to do.
Like most Americans these days, I googled “the best way to clean upholstery.” I was not necessarily seeking an all-natural way, but an effective way. In our house the difference between the two couches was completely noticeable. I had to do something if I was going to keep this gift. Seeing how we had already given away our old couch, the pressure was on.
I read information from several different sites. The very first site described how to make your own spray cleaner, but it used ammonia. I don’t have ammonia on hand, and I know that it irritates me with its strong odor. So I modified their recipe making an all-natural and safe upholstery cleaner that works.
I combined 2/3 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Then I added 5 cups of warm water and 6 drops of lavender essential oil. I stirred until the baking soda dissolved and poured it into a spray bottle.
I began with the arm rest and one cushion. I sprayed them down and then wiped them down with a white rag. My rag did not stay white for long. Both sides of it turned brown. At least now I knew that the cleaner was removing dirt. I continued to spray it down and wipe.
My husband remembered that my mother had purchased a steam cleaner years ago. He retrieved it for me, but the machine for whatever reason would not spray the cleaner. It will only suck up the liquid. So, I continued spraying down the cushion and arm rest by hand allowing it to set for about 10 minutes. Then using the machine, I sucked up the liquid.
The water looked like thin mud at first. Slowly it began looking more like water. At this point, I left it alone to completely air dry. This morning I was so excited by what I saw. The cushion and arm rest look just like the love seat. My cleaner worked!
I still have a lot of work to do to restore the last three cushions and one arm rest to its original color, but I am thrilled that I will be able to do accomplish the task. In addition, the lavender oil gives the couch a nice, fresh scent. If you have any upholstery to clean or refresh, try my all-natural recipe. Let me know how it does for you. For me, you can literally see the difference.