Rehabbing A House

How To Disinfect Furniture


Disinfecting your furniture is always a good idea, it will help anyone recovering from a cold or an illness by keeping germs at bay. Nevertheless, disinfecting or cleaning once or twice a week works just fine when done properly. Let’s look at various cleaning solutions in how to disinfect furniture, i.e., upholstered couches, wooden furnishings and other materials.

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Disinfecting Upholstered furniture

1. Vacuum: Use a Vacuum in the crevices of the couch with a bristle-free attachment. Fine particles and crumbs can settle down into the layers of the couch creating a germ filled environment. Vacuum the front and back of the cushions first and proceed to vacuum in every nook and corner of the upholstered couch.

2. Cleaning Spray: Make a solution consisting of a water-based detergent and warm water. Place it in a spray bottle, shake and spray this soapy liquid lightly over the surface of your couch in small sections. Two additional types of mixing solutions that you can use for additional cleaning power are rubbing alcohol and vinegar. Mix a cup of water with a cup of rubbing alcohol or vinegar as your cleaning solution. Test it in a small inconspicuous location first to make sure it doesn't stain your couch.

A spray bottle of upholstery cleaner from a home improvement store will cost a little more but work just as effectively. Make sure that when you buy a store cleansing spray detergent that it is good for your type of upholstered material you have. If your couch coverings are removable, place them in the wash on a gentle cycle.

3. Rub and wait: Spray the solution on the coach, a section at a time. Gently rub in the detergent. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes for the solution to dissolve into the couch fabric. Take a soft cloth and wipe away any visible residue. Wait and let the upholstered furnishing dry completely. You can use a hairdryer to help the drying process.

Disinfecting Suede and Leather

Vinegar is a natural sanitizing and cleansing solution. Vinegar quickly cleans away viruses and germs. Nothing cleans suede and/or leather couches better than equal parts of vinegar and water. Use a soft cloth dipped in this solution. Wring out the cloth thoroughly and wipe down the couch surface. Then use a dry soft cloth to dry and wipe away all the residue.

Clean Regularly. Following these steps will help to sanitize your couch and other upholstered material furniture. If you vacuum your couch or upholstered furnishings on a regular basis it will go a long way in keeping your home free from dust, germs, and mites. The above steps are great methods in how to disinfect furniture.

How To Disinfect Wood Furnishings

Let’s look at wooden furniture disinfecting methods. First, find out if your wooden furniture is made with a hard finish or an oil-based finish. If you are not sure, here is how you can safely test it. Buy a can of ”boiled linseed oil” from a home improvement store. Take a small amount and dip a soft cloth into the solution.

Using a soft cloth, gently rub some of the solution on the furniture. Test this solution in a location where you can’t readily see it. Take notice, if the oil beads-up you have a hard finish. If the linseed oil absorbs into the wood, then you have a furniture piece with an oil-based finish.

Here are a couple of sure methods for sanitizing wooden furniture. #1: Hard wood finish – mix up a soapy warm water solution. This is your furniture disinfectant. But, If you buy a wooden furniture cleaner intended for hard wood, make sure that it does not contain any alcohol or ethanol. After you spray or use a soaked cloth in a soapy solution, gently go over the surface one. Take a soft cloth and dry it thoroughly

#2: Oil-based or polyurethane finish – mix a mild warm soapy water solution together. This is your furniture disinfectant. Dip a soft cloth in the solution and wring it out. Gently scrub the wooden furniture. Take another soft cloth wet with plain warm water for rinsing the soap off. Take a third soft dry cloth and wipe it dry.


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