Using Lemon And Salt For Upholstery Cleaning
09 May 2014
When it comes to getting stains and marks out of the upholstery, you have a bit of an issue on your hands. Whilst there are a great many things that can be done, it is difficult to know exactly how to go about getting things out from these hard to clean areas. The main issue is that upholstery that is non removable cannot be put through the washing machine, and it is important that you can get it clean in a way that does not get the padding wet, as if this area gets soaked, then it may stay wet for a while, and you could have trouble with damp and mold. In the best case scenario, you need a quick drying, fast action technique, that is easy and does not break the bank... Well, you are in luck! This method is good for light soiling in specific places. If you have a really delicately made or expensive sofa, then be sure to check the cleaning instructions to ensure that all of this is fine for your individual sofa.To start with, make up a solution of two parts lemon to one part water, and add salt to make it slightly thicker. Depending on the size of the stain, you should make enough to cover it adequately. The solution should have the salt fully dissolved in it before you get to work. Before applying any of your cleaning solution to the stain, ensure that the stain is as clean as it can be before the deep clean. All excess material needs to be removed, and the stain should be dabbed to remove all moisture from it, ensuring that the salt and lemon have their best chance at ridding the upholstery of the nasty marks. Perform the cleaning process in a well ventilated area, and out of direct sunlight, as the lemon can bleach the color form certain materials if left in strong sun!Apply the solution with a small sponge or a finger behind a rag, working it in to the material where the stain is. Be sure to be careful as to how hard to you go at it, as otherwise you stand to risk breaking the fibers in the material, and that will lead to issues with other kinds of damage! You don’t want to end up with a whole ridden sofa having tried to clean the dirt off of it now do you!? As the solution is worked in to the stain, you should dab at it with a clean cloth or cotton pad, to draw the marks from the fabric. Do not over saturate the area with the solution, or you will have issues with the drying process, and that can lead to proper problems later on down the line! As you dab at the area, check the cloth to see if you are pulling the stain from the material, as the amount that comes out each time lessens, you can leave the solution to dry.As the solution dries, the salt will dry with it, and crystalize. The hope is that the lemon’s acidic properties, combined with your dabbing will have broken down the staining pigments, and pulled them from the fibers in the fabric. The salt should then have held the pigment in suspense, and as it dries, crystalized, giving you the chance to brush the stain away in the form of salt flakes. If the stain is still there, then it is worth consulting a professional, as you may have a tougher job on your hands than you thought!
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