Coronavirus: Things to do during quarantine (IV): how to clean and disinfect the sofa, even when it has no covers | ICON Design

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We live days of Netflix and books that have made the sofa the undisputed king of the house. Also, in the center of spots derived from the guilty pleasures (or not) to which this seat invites. But in the days quarantine for him coronavirus (COVID-19), more than ever, this piece needs a disinfection thoroughly. Following these recommendations is equivalent to enjoying a hygienic chair and as recently purchased.

Of fabric, the most versatile

They are comfortable, functional, but, depending on the type of fabric, the lamps can easily be seen. “Unfortunately one of the main disadvantages of fabric upholstery is that they are very prone to stains and dirt accumulation due to continuous use, problems that detract from the impeccable original appearance of our furniture,” they share from

Before going to work it is necessary to know the characteristics of the upholstery. Synthetic and microfiber fabrics, used for their great resistance, and one of those recommended for animal houses, are also easy to clean. However, cotton, canvas, velvet, linen or wool have special characteristics that must be known so as not to ruin them.

“It should be known that cotton, linen and wool are fresh, strong and light natural fibers, and they quickly absorb any substance that could stain them. Therefore, they require greater care, but they tolerate machine washes very well. While Chenille and velvet should be kept away from the application of heat, such as the dryer or the iron, “continue the experts.

1. Vacuum and brush (every week)

It is the first step in the process and should also be part of routine sofa cleaning, at least once a week. “A fabric sofa is usually the perfect magnet to attract dust, dirt, pet hair and other debris. They accumulate between the cushions and on the surface can lead to hygiene problems. In addition to causing allergies and bad odors that disturb the rest of people deteriorate the aesthetics of the upholstery and make the furniture look opaque, “they explain from the portal.

Interior designer Guille García-Hoz’s living room, with a clean velvet sofa. | Guille García-Hoz

For vacuuming, the ideal is use an upholstery head and use a gentle cycle. The movement of the machine must be cross-linked, not forgetting folds or grooves. Next, it’s time to remove any lint or hair with a soft or special fabric brush and it will recover its original luster.

2. Tricks to wash the covers

If the sofa pieces are removable, the washing machine is a great ally for your toilet. Sofa experts recommend put the covers to soak: “In case the fabric looks very dirty, it will be appropriate to leave it in warm water with a neutral soap for a few hours, and then place it in the washing machine in a cycle of delicate garments. Adding bleach, fabric softener is not recommended or some very abrasive product. “In order to prevent the fabric from shrinking or losing its original color, we must pay attention to the drying process. It should never be subjected to temperatures above 40º C, nor should it be exposed to direct sunlight. It is always better leave them to dry in the open air and in the shade.

3. Hygiene without disassembling: alcohol or lemon

Sofas more faithful to the trend do not usually incorporate covers. But for them there is also hope without having to resort to dry cleaning. Some everyday products act effectively against dirt. “He alcohol Common can be placed in a spray bottle to spray the fabric. Next, there is a soft-bristled brush and finally a clean cloth. The dirt remains on the cloth and the alcohol evaporates quickly leaving a sanitized and pleasant surface, “they expose from the if you specialized.

Another ally to leave the sofa as a whistle is the lemon. Experts recommend spraying a solution with half a cup of water, a glass of alcohol, half a glass of lemon juice and a tablespoon of liquid or dishwasher detergent. After spraying the entire surface with it, you can gradually remove the dirt with a damp cloth.

4. Suspicious stains

They may have been on the couch for months and go unnoticed, but when the focus is on the surface, they are obvious. “It is possible that by applying chemicals to treat a stain, a fence will be created permanently,” explains the cleanfluencer Melissa Maker of Clean my Space. To avoid this phenomenon, it is recommended not to use any hot element when cleaning a stain since the heat helps to fix them.

But if the damage is already done, the professional organizer suggests applying a little salt and carbonated water: “Try to contain the liquid in the area of ​​the stain so that it does not spread. Then, with an old toothbrush, gently rub the mix. Have a cloth handy to clean the area. ” Another of his advice is to apply a little dishwasher to the solution, leave it to act for a few minutes and repeat the process with the brush until no bubbles form. “I would never recommend a stain remover with bleach, as this can change the color of the upholstery,” he adds.

5. Watch out for velvet

Maintaining this impeccable fabric requires constant maintenance to keep dust and any type of particles away from its surface, since any element will tarnish its appearance. “The best ally for stains in this upholstery is steam. Use a steamer or any machine that can detach it and apply it at a distance of four or five centimeters. Once moistened, prepare a mixture with a liter of water and two tablespoons of Ammonia. Pour a little on a rag and wipe it across the surface, “share from Relimpiax.

If you do not have the steam machine, there are other tricks that also manage to remove dirt effectively. The experts of the company propose to mix two liters of warm water with a tablespoon of detergent and stir until foamy enough. “Slowly place the foam on a soft sponge and rub gently,” they explain. You just need to wipe with a dry cloth to remove the remains.



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