How to Clean Upholstery in 15 Minutes or Less
Whether you want to prolong the life of an investment piece or give that hand-me-down from Grandma a boost, regular cleaning (once a season) can grab dirt before it becomes, well, part of the furniture. Here’s a quickie plan for freshening fabric* that’s so easy, you’ll nearly fall off your chair.
A vacuum, a few clean white cloths, a can of compressed air (like Dust-Off Duster; $8, staples.com), gentle clear dish soap (like Dawn Ultra Pure Essentials; $6.50, soap.com), a horsehair upholstery brush ($8.50, jondon.com), and a small bucket.
For stains: Capture Soil Release Pre-Mist ($10, amazon.com) and Capture Carpet and Rug Dry Cleaner ($20, homedepot.com).
*If a piece is a cherished heirloom or rather expensive, consult a professional before attempting to clean it yourself.
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