Knowing how to whip up a homemade upholstery cleaner recipe can come in pretty handy when you've just had a spill on your upholstered furniture.
In addition, you may want to make your own upholstery cleaner when your upholstered furniture is starting to get a bit dingy all over, from everyday use and normal wear and tear.
Some simple recipes are listed below for cleaning upholstered furniture.
However, first, a word of caution: the recipes below are water based. Only use these if your upholstery cleaning codes are W or WS.
If you are unsure what that means click the link for an explanation of these codes.
You can make your own simple cleaning foam like this:
Add the water into a mixing bowl and then the soap. Use an electric mixer at medium speed to mix the solution. This will create a foam that can be used to clean your upholstered furniture.
You must use this foam immediately. It cannot be stored.
This homemade upholstery shampoo will work well on most food and drink stains on your upholstery, and just general dirt and grime that has built up from use.
This recipe is best for removing fruit and berry stains from upholstered furniture.
Combine these ingredients together and blot onto the stain with a clean white cloth.
Keep blotting until the stain is removed.
Once the stain is removed you should get plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.
Use this cleaning paste recipe if you just want to clean a small spot on your upholstery, and you also don't want to get the upholstery too wet in the process.
Combine the ingredients together (sifting will ensure it does not clump and mixes thoroughly) and then combine with just enough water to form a thick paste.
Apply the paste to the fabric and then let it dry, which should take approximately half an hour. Once the paste is dry carefully brush or scrape off the paste, and vacuum up the flakes and crumbs.
You can also make your own homemade upholstery cleaner with Oxiclean and water.
Check out my article for the Oxiclean upholstery cleaner recipe here, along with directions for use.
If you have some additional recipes for upholstery cleaner that you would like to share, please submit your home remedies for upholstery cleaner here, or read the other recipes already submitted.
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