Upholstered Furniture

Ideally, upholstered furniture should have a finish applied that resists soiling even before the piece is put to use in your home.  These finishes have a come a long way, and application does not change the feel or hand of the original fabric.  Interior designers can bring these specialists into your home to finish furniture as well as rugs.  Or you can try a retail product such as Force Field.  If your furniture does not have a finish, spot cleaning with a very mild cleaner is helpful.  Try your dish detergent as the cleaner.  Because it is designed to have your hands soaking in it, it is non-acidic and neutral – good for both upholstery and rugs.


Saving Time

Don’t let spring cleaning overwhelm you.  With great products on the market today, you should actually be able to save time.  There are some great all-purpose cleaners available now that make cleaning more of a breeze and without the irritating and harmful chemicals. Here are a few to check out; Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner in the Lemon Verbena scent; 7th Generation All Purpose Cleaner and Charlie’s Soap All Purpose Cleaner. Charlie’s and 7th Generation are touted for also working on carpet spots (please test it first) and 7th generation is also touted for pre-laundry treatment.

Lastly, another great time saver is Wrinkle Release from Downy.  It does wonders on taking out wrinkles – from your clothing to your comforter covers – quickly and easily, without dragging out the iron and ironing board.  Perfect for quick touch-ups on items from your linen closet, too.


Glass and Mirrors

Have you ever heard that urban myth that washing your windows and wiping them down with newspaper will leave a streak-free finish?  Myth, it is.  Using newspapers to wipe down your windows actually allows ink residue to apply to the surface causing smears.  Try microfiber cleaning cloths – with water only.  Use glass spray only on dirty areas – actually cuts down on your cleaning time!


So don’t let the gray days of early spring get you down.  Just think – after a little bit of spring cleaning – you will have a refreshed home with crystal clear windows that will let that sunshine pour right in!