Our living rooms are our oasis. We gather there to rest after a hard day’s work, and watch the telly or enjoy a good book, or entertain the guests. Take a look below for some of our favourite ways of keeping your living room clean and tidy at all time.
Keeping your living room clean
Tidy the sofa: The sofa is normally the focus of the room, so plump up the cushions, re fold the blankets and wipe of any crumbs from the evening snacks the night before.
Spot clean the surface: Wipe over the coffee table, and check the glass patio doors for finger prints, give everywhere a spot clean, if you see a mark clean it, but don’t polish every inch of the room, leave this for your big clean.
Clear major clutter: Pile the magazines neatly at the side of the coffee table, put the children’s video games neatly by the TV along with the controllers and put cookbooks back in the book shelve. If it doesn’t belong in the room remove it and put it back where it should be.
Caring for your upholstery
Vacuum regularly: Try and do this at least once a week! Crumbs and dust rub against the fabric and this causes it to wear away the fabric. This is even more essential if you have young children that snack on the sofa.
Fluff the cushions: Fluffing the cushions and shaking the seat pad get the sofa back to its original shape. Once a month, you should try and rotate them. This will give the sofa another few years of use, and your time looking after it will be repaid to!
Steam Cleaning: This is also another very effective method. You can buy a hand-held machine and it is easy to do yourself. Doing this frequently provides a better clean and also keeps the sofa looking fresh and with its original colour.
Removal of spots and stains: A special upholstery stain remover is the best to use! But if you make a spill or stain and don’t have this rather then leave it and wait, use shaving foam – surprisingly this works well when lightly dabbed and not scrubbed. NEVER rub the stain into the fabric, your less likely to be able to remove it and will be left with a darker patch.
Leather sofas: If you have a leather sofa it should be wiped down weekly with a damp cloth and hot soapy water. Every 4-6 weeks a leather furniture polish to buff it up will give it a lovely shine, fresh smell and make it look much less used than it really is.
Try and do this at least once a week! Crumbs and dust rub against the fabric and this causes it to wear away the fabric. This is even more essential if you have young children that snack on the sofa.
Remove pet hair
We all know how annoying pet hair can be and how much of a pain it can be to clean it up. With this simple tip, you can remove pet hair from furniture, curtains and tops of bedding. Using a rubber glove simply wipe the material and the pet hair will all come together making it easier to dispose off.
Cat smell removal
This little tip is for how to remove the awful smell of cat urine from your carpet. The odor of cat urine can be difficult to get rid of: the uric acid crystals and salts that carry the scent are insoluable and therefore bond tightly to any surface they land on, making them extremely resistant to any regular cleaners. Any dampness or moisture re-activates the smell and this is why when you attempt to clean with the wrong products the smell becomes very pungent again.
The problem with cat urine is it turns to an alkali in a matter of hours, and this can affect the carpet colour permanently if the stain isn’t cleaned quickly. The best method to get rid of this smell is to use an enzyme based cleaner designed for pet urine, such as Bissell OxyKIC Pet.
These contain ingredients that engulf the bacteria and crystals. Ammonia based cleaners are a no go! This is just asking your cat to come back and re mark the same spot as their urine has ammonia in it. If this doesn’t work, then it is likely that the urine has soaked down to the underlay in which case a new carpet may be the only option.
Black glass furniture
For black glass furniture, try cleaning with hot water and a capsule of fabric conditioner. Rub onto the glass and dry with a tea towel for a smear and static free finish. This also works on normal glass but is perfect for black glass and getting rid of the tiny dust particles that always seem to re-settle!
Home hair dying is not something out of the ordinary, there are so many hair dying kits in supermarkets for every colour imaginable to purchase. However, dying your hair is one thing, but we’re sure many of you have “accidently” dyed furniture, clothes and carpets too.
For a fresh stain: Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, make a paste with equal parts of both. Rub onto the stain until it disappears from the wood. After the dye is out wipe the area with warm water.
Bicarbonate of soda, detergent and water works well for heavier stain. Make a solution of 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of washing up liquid and two cups of warm water. Using a clean cloth drenched in the solution clean until the stain disappears.