Now that spring is here, it's the perfect time to get your house ready for warmer weather, more entertaining, and some good old, well, spring cleaning. Whether it's wiping down those high-dust areas, or updating your furniture, we always think it's best to start with a list to help you organize and prioritize.
1. Inspect Your Furniture and Take Inventory
As you begin spring cleaning, take stock of the furniture you want to keep -- or get rid of. Has the family sitting chair seen better days? Do you want to reupholster it or invest in a new one? Take a look at your upholstered items like sofas and ottomans. Are there stains? Tears? Make a list so you know what materials you need to make everything as good as new.
2. Take a Step Back
Take a step back and look at the room as a whole. Is the layout right? You've probably had the same room layout for a couple of years but maybe there's a different way to approach the room. Is the sofa against the wall? Does it have to be? A new layout will help you feel like you're in a completely new space.
3. Clean Your Furniture
It's always good to have upholstered items cleaned. They can attract dust, dirt, and spills over time. Always consult the manufacturer's directions first, and if you don't have that information, figure out what the fabric is and read up on the best ways to clean it. Test a hidden spot on the furniture first to see how the product mixes with the materials. With upholstered furniture, focus on the smaller spots and blot any spills immediately. If you are using a cleanser, opt for the mildest option possible with a soft brush to work into the fabric's fibers. And don't forget to vacuum it after to absorb all the dirt and chemicals.
For leather furniture, use a damp (but not soaking wet) cloth to clean built-up dirt. Always make sure to use a white cloth so you don't deposit any dyes on the furniture. And you'll want to vacuum with the leather furniture as well.
For wood furniture, make sure to wipe all dust with a soft damp cloth, cleaning the surface in a circular motion. After cleaning it, you can then oil or wax it, depending on the type of wood and style.
And remember, the best way to care for all of your furniture is to try and tackle any stains as soon as they hit. And don't be afraid to call a professional for larger stains.