Step by step tutorial on how to clean a leather couch

Leather Sofa CleaningA leather couch just like all types of leather furniture requires special care and maintenance. By using the step by step tutorial from this article you will be able to keep your leather sofa in perfect condition and therefore prolong its lifespan.This is how to clean your couch according to Carpet Cleaning London ant their lovely staff.

Step 1: Dust your sofa meticulously on least once a week. You can use your vacuum cleaner to pick the larger particles and then a clean soft cloth to remove the dust. Also don’t forget to turn extra attention to the spaces between the sofa’s seat cushions as these areas tend to accumulate lots of dust, dirt and debris.

Step 2: Once you have dusted your couch, inspect it thoroughly to see whether there are any stains. If you notice any stains wash only the stained areas and leave the rest of the couch alone. You must do so because when it comes to leather cleaning as strangely as it sounds the less you clean it the more it will keep its appearance. The stainless areas of your couch you can simply wipe down with a slightly damp cloth.

Leather Sofa CleaningStep 3: Treat the stains with a commercial leather cleaner. You can purchase such a cleaning product from any supermarket and specialized cleaning store. Never under any circumstance use cleaning products that aren’t specially made for leather because they will certainly damage the leather surface of your sofa. Once that you have acquire the leather cleaner get a damp cloth and dip into the cleaner. Next apply the cleaner over the stained areas with medium pressure and start rubbing the surface of the leather in an inward circular motion. Don’t use an outward motion because you will spread the stain further over your leather sofa.

Step 4: When you have removed a stain, wipe the excess cleaner from your sofa with a clean absorbent cloth or towel before you move to the next stain. Once again apply medium pressure. Pressing too much can cause permanent marks on the leather.

Step 5: Now check the leather surface of your couch for signs of mold or mildew. If you notice such signs make your own mild solution by mixing one part of water with once part of vinegar. Spray the mixture lightly over the problematic area and allow it to sit. Once the signs of mold or mildew are gone, quickly wipe the excess solution with a clean towel or cloth.

Step 6: Finish the cleaning by drying your leather couch thoroughly. 

Cleaning Laminate Floors

Laminate Floors CleaningMany people opt for laminate flooring as it is cheaper, easier to maintain and somewhat more durable than hardwood floors. Indeed so, but laminate flooring does require specialised cleaning maintenance in order to keep it looking better for longer. Some of the most common issues displayed by laminate flooring are caused by erroneous cleaning treatments, namely water and detergent streaks which can be quite a nuisance to remove.

According to industry professionals and laminate flooring experts, the key to a long lasting, good looking laminate floor is regular cleaning. In this case, sporadic cleaning efforts will not suffice.

The cleaning details:

  • Use the soft brush nozzle attachment of your vacuum cleaner when vacuuming laminate flooring; optionally use a soft brush with a long handle.

  • Always vacuum and brush the floor along the grain or grooves, not sideways; this way you pick up all the grime between the boards.

  • Mix a sparing amount of mild dishwasher with warm (not hot) water in your mop bucket; when mopping laminate always wring the mop thoroughly in order to avoid water streaks; the less detergent you use the better – large amounts of detergent will leave marks and streaks.

Water streaks and detergent stains are a big nuisance when it comes to laminate floor cleaning. Problem is that while the floor is still wet, there are no streaks or marks visible. However, when the floor dries up, the streaks will show.

Laminate Floors CleaningMost of the time, water streaks and marks are caused by excess amount of floor cleaning product present in the mop bucket. Other times, the mop itself could have become grimy which also causes streaks. Check your gear and products before commencing the job.

There is a proven homemade solution to water streaks on laminate floors and that is to use a small amount of white vinegar.

Add about half a cup of white undiluted vinegar to a bucketful of water and then add two splashes of liquid, mild detergent. Stir well, but try not to foam up the bucket as foam doesn’t clean well and can possibly leave marks on the floor.

Clean the floor as you normally would. The solution will not affect the shine or appearance of the laminate flooring. In case there are still some streaks visible, perhaps you need to add some more vinegar to the concoction.

Using homemade laminate cleaning treatments can void your manufacturer warranty so check if the warranty is still in effect, if it has run out then you are free to clean the floor as you wish.

Cleaning Marble

Cleaning MarbleMarble is a valuable natural stone which adds style, timeless charm and class to any property. There are different types of marble such as white, pink and black, though they all require relatively similar cleaning maintenance. Marble is not only used on walls and floors but also furniture, counter tops and decoration.

This natural material is resistant to many things, but will get etched by acids. Remember to always wipe off acidic spills immediately.

Also don’t leave drinking glasses on marble as they will leave almost permanent rings.

Marble is porous and absorbs liquids as well as staining quite easily – treat the surface as you would a wooden surface, wipe it clean the moment you spill something.

Use coasters to prevent condensation and drops from glasses leaving rings on marble surfaces.

Regular cleaning: Regular cleaning efforts are the only proven way to keep any marble surface looking as good as possible without altering its appearance or properties. Use warm water and a soft rag to wipe down marble surfaces. Let them air dry and there won’t be any streaks.

Cleaning MarbleCleaning products: Application of cleaning products on marble surfaces is not recommended. However you can gently wash marble using a small amount of mild dishwashing liquid diluted in warm water. This will remove any staining or blemishes. This particular cleaning method should be used on marble no more than two or three times a year.

Protection: Marble surfaces can be coated lightly with wax. Marble wax is colourless, though you shouldn’t use it on white marble as it tends to yellow it. There are also special marble sealants which can be applied for more protection. The wax coating can be removed by wiping down the surface with a damp rag.

Polishing: Sometimes marble becomes dull and etched through time and exposure. In order to restore its former shine you can purchase a specially formulated marble cleaner. There are different types for different kinds of marble. Alternatively, you can polish the marble using putty powder aka tin oxide. Putty powder though is kind of hard to find these days, and for best results you will need a power buffer.

Stain removal: Due to its porous nature, marble is susceptible to staining. Generally, stains will come off if treated timely and properly. Organic stains are best treated with ammonia and low strength peroxide. Acidic stains are best treated immediately using fresh water. Oil stains are treated by application of absorbent powders like corn starch.