THREE Super Effective DIY's for Everyone's Wallet. Save $$$, and Still Get Steam Clean Results Without Getting Steamed.
Just because you want to choose a DIY project to tackle doesn't automatically mean you can't afford the "real McCoy" or that you're obsessed with the DIY fad of late. Shake off all the naysayers and DIY because you WANT to. Or at least try before you buy. You wouldn't sign a car lease or loan without a test drive, would you? Water-based self-sofa cleaning might just be what you need at the right time for you. Sometimes life has a way of falling into step, so I say, "if you are lucky enough to hit that stride, take advantage of it and DIY with pride!"
Break the Code.
The only somewhat tricky step to a DIY cleaning your couch with a water-based cleaner is learning the manufacturer's code guideline. And that begins with finding it. Now, here's where the fun begins, especially if you've been procrastinating. The code tags are under the couch cushions. I repeat, the code tags are under the couch cushions. Don't be alarmed if your teenage boy comes ramping down the stairs and furiously LEAPS upon his missing video game controller and scatters an assortment of loose coins on the floor. Your partner or S/O will claim those and the dog will sit back and wriggle with a gentle whine until you allow him to snarf up some potato chip crumbles and a half-eaten PB and j. OK, the code is:
- W = Water or Water-Based Cleaning Only.
- S = Solvent-Based Solutions are Safe.
- W/S or S/W = Both Water AND Solvents are acceptable.
- X = NEITHER are Safe. Dry-Clean or Professionally Clean ONLY.
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That's it. In a nutshell. Don't waver from these letters. No matter how experienced you are with DIY projects, a slip up could mean the difference between a slipcover or a void warranty and the high cost of replacing your couch.
- Assuming you are a true DIY enthusiast, you understand the reality of an initial appliance like a portable ultra-compact stain removal machine may be in the near future if this is a chore to be added to the list of occurring more than once a year. Generally found for under $100.00, it could be a great payback for your living situation. It's a couch. Or a sofa bed, or an armchair or dining room chair. It could even be a car seat, pet bed or carpeted steps. Think of a time when none of these have been free of grime, odor, accidental drink spill, muddy foot-print or bloody knee. Onions lingering in the fabric trapped in by natural body oil, cooking grease and time.
- A DIY'ers pantheon of grimoire ingredients should include:
- Water. Distilled if possible.
- Clean, white towels, cloths or even paper toweling in a pinch.
- Soft bristled scrub brush.
- Essential oils if you want to create your own "scented" cleaner.
- A spray bottle with an adjustable mister spritz nozzle tip.
- Baking soda or an oxide powder alternate
- Dish detergent. (a few drops go a long way)
- Rubbing alcohol OR peroxide to attack exceptionally stubborn set-in stains.
BONUS TIP: do NOT mix peroxide with baking soda in a bottle.
Those are the main ingredients you'll need. If you are concerned about dry time, it is recommended that you use a fan and not heat as anything left behind will just get baked back into the upholstery fabric. The best ratio is one half spray bottle, any size, to equal amounts of everything else except what is flagged above as to more specified additions. So, give it a whirl! Spray and dab with the towel, taking care not to saturate or rub to begin with. Sometimes this method is all you need. If a second pass is required, use the brush with a mild to mid pressure; again, take precautions with any water cleaning on acceptable types of leather.
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