Cleaning Upholstered Furniture

Division Of Student Affairs; Western Michigan University

Cleaning Cloth Covered Furniture:

  1. Brush the furniture with a whisk broom or vacuum it.

  2. Combine two teaspoons of detergent and one pint of warm water. Whip up thick suds.

  3. Place the pan of suds on a newspaper.

  4. To test for fading, try cleaning a small place on the back of a piece of furniture.

  5. See if it fades. If it does not fade, clean the entire piece of furniture.

Washing Cloth Cloth Covered Furniture:

  1. Dip a cloth or a brush in the suds.

  2. Rub the suds on the furniture.

  3. To prevent suds from soaking into the furniture, clean only a small part at a time.

  4. Rinse with a damp cloth.

  5. Do not get the furniture too wet.

Cleaning Plastic Covered Furniture:

If the furniture is covered with plastic, wash a small place at a time. Rinse and dry as soon as you wash.

Tools & Supplies:

Brand Name Cleaning Products

3510 Faunce Student Services Bldg.
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5077
Phone: (616) 387-2336
Fax: (616) 387-2325

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