How to Keep All Your Furniture Looking Great

Five Methods:Leather SurfacesWood FurnitureOutdoor FurnitureUpholstered FurnitureWoven Furniture

This article presents some useful tips for cleaning all types of furniture so that it will look great for years to come.

Steps

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    Keep it clean. Whether it’s your two thousand dollar leather couch, the wooden table that once belonged to your great-grandmother, or the plastic furniture on your patio that you use during barbecue season, you want to keep it looking great, and that means keeping it clean.
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    Know how to care for whatever it's made of. It’s important to know how to care for all types of furniture. Incorrect products and techniques can leave your furniture looking worse, and you could even damage delicate surfaces like leather if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. Here are some useful tips for cleaning all types of furniture so that it will look great for years to come.

Method 1
Leather Surfaces

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    The methods you will use to clean leather depend on whether the material has been treated with a coating to protect it.
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    If it isn't, there isn't a choice. Never use soap, water, leather creams, or any other type of cleaning product.
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    Instead, dust the material frequently.
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    Because uncoated leather is so hard to clean, stains often cannot be removed. It is more practical to purchase a couch or chair that is coated.
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    In this case, you can use a natural soap (lux) mixed with water to remove dirt. Be sure to wipe the soap off the surface, with lightly dampened cloth. Dry the leather right away.
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    Leather cream should be used, sparingly. Use water based cleaners, trade suppliers are best. Some creams will not only clean, but enhance the leathers sheen. As with unsealed leather, no harsh or chemically-based cleaners should be used.

Method 2
Wood Furniture

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    Aside from leather, natural wood is perhaps the most sensitive to damage and staining.
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    Water can be spoil any finish on wood. Whatever the finish, mop up any liquid spills as soon as possible. If you use water, use sparingly to clean a spill, ensure that you thoroughly dry the surface right away.
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    The best way to keep wood clean, aside from regular dusting, is by using a polish. Don't use aerosols as they contain silicon and can damage the clear coated wood. Use a polish that is suitable for the type of finish on the furniture. Most modern woods are finished with variants of cellulose a dampened cloth will suffice, followed by immediate drying. All finishes are only liquid resistant.
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    For furniture that is not used on a regular basis, it is only necessary to apply polish twice a year, if that. Just dust.
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    Polish should be wiped from the surface before it dries to prevent buildup.
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    If the furniture gets heavy use, it may be necessary to polish more often, and it is recommended that the same type of polish be used each time.

Method 3
Outdoor Furniture

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    If you decide to leave your outdoor furniture outside, or in a garage during the winter months, spring usually calls for some heavy duty cleaning.
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    For surfaces like cloth chair covers, apply a mixture of dish detergent, Borax, and hydrogen peroxide (if suitable), and water, then scrub the surface before rinsing.
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    Rusted metal surfaces can either be treated with a rust remover or sanded and repainted.
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    Plastics can usually simply be cleaned with a mixture of mild soap and water.

Method 4
Upholstered Furniture

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    For regular maintenance, it is recommended that upholstered surfaces be vacuumed and brushed on a weekly basis.
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    To clean stains on upholstered surfaces, the solution you choose should be mild and suitable for the type of fabric you will be cleaning.
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    Apply the cleaner with a brush or damp cloth with a dabbing action, turning the cloth regularly.
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    The furniture will be somewhat wet, so turn on a fan or open some windows to ensure prompt drying.

Method 5
Woven Furniture

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    Furniture made out of natural materials like bamboo is attractive, but many wicker furniture pieces are also very delicate.
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    To clean these surfaces, they can be dusted, wiped with a small amount of water and mild soap, or vacuumed.
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    Many are reluctant to get wicker wet, but the pieces can also occasionally be sprayed down, as long as they are dried with a towel right away and left outside or in a well-ventilated area until completely dry.

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