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How to Clean Upholstery with Vinegar

White Vinegar can be used to clean your lounge suite no matter whether it is fabric, leather or even synthetic.

In its basic form, white vinegar can be used by wetting a rag and wringing it out completely so that it’s not dripping. Then wipe the furniture down. Even though the smell is not pleasant, if you leave it a while the furniture ends up smelling fresh. This removes surface dirt so if you need deep cleaning, this may not work. You will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of dirt you remove from your furniture!

Making a mixture of white vinegar along with other ingredients is probably a better way to clean your lounge.

Cleaning Fabric Upholstery with Vinegar

You will need to combine 1/4 cup white vinegar, 3/4 cup warm water and 1/2 tablespoon of natural liquid soap in a spray bottle and shake well.  The next step is to mist the soiled area lightly with the spray bottle. Scrub the area in a circular motion with a soft cloth, working the cleanser into the nap of the fabric.  If necessary, reapply. After this simply get a damp cloth and rub to remove any excess soap residue.

Cleaning Leather Upholstery with Vinegar

Cleaning leather upholstery with vinegar uses a slightly different mixture.  For this you will need to mix 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup white vinegar into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the leather surfaces lightly. Rub with a soft cloth, reapplying as necessary. The vinegar will clean the surface and then it will evaporate.  After you’ve done this simply use a dry cloth to buff and conditioner the leather lounge.

Cleaning Synthetic Upholstery with Vinegar

Only a slight difference in the portions here. Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 cup warm water in a spray bottle, for use on plastic, nylon and synthetic leather upholstery. If the furniture is badly soiled, add 1/2 tablespoon of natural liquid soap. As with fabric upholstery, mist the soiled areas lightly but thoroughly.  Scrub the soiled areas until all dirt is removed.

Handy Tip – Using a Throw to Protect your Lounge Suite

It may be common knowledge but everyone knows how easily a house can get messy especially when you have children. Whilst cleaning a lounge suite will keep your lounge in tip top shape, every time you clean the lounge it starts to reduce its life span. There is any easy way to protect your lounge from wear and tear without having to cover it in plastic!


1. Pull out the cushions and vacuum it regularly

After a while bits and pieces of rubbish along with hair and fur (if you have a dog or cat) will start to build up. Vacuum all these nasties out.

2. Cover your lounge with a Throw or two

Now you may be immediate conjuring up images of grandma’s old lounge with doilies all over it but the type of throws I’m talking about will nicely decorate your upholstery and will also catch most dust and dirt from getting embedded in to the lounge. Another benefit is they will absorb a lot of sweat from people sitting on your lounge.
The best thing about throws is they can easily be cleaned in the washing machine and if worse comes to worse simply throw :) it out and buy a new one. Whilst your at it, get a couple of cushions, mix and match and create a masterpiece in your lounge room.
Do you like or hate this idea? Let me know in the comments below

Cleaning and Caring for a Black Leather Lounge

Many people prefer to buy black leather lounges. Apart form the fact that a leather lounge is a stylish addition to a lounge room, buying a black leather lounge goes well with most things.

As opposed to fabric loungers, a leather lounge is a highly sort after item. The reason being is because it looks expensive whilst still looking modern and simple. But how do you clean a black leather lounge?

Clean a black leather lounge regularly

Make sure you clean a black leather lounge regularly. Although it is harder to spot stains and dirt, keeping it clean will make sure that it lasts a lot longer. To clean a black leather lounge start by vacuuming the corners of the lounge to remove any built up particles. Try and clean your leather lounge at least once a week. Then wipe over the lounge with a damp cloth. If you spill something on the lounge make sure you wipe it off immediately. Whilst a leather lounge looks like it is more durable, remember that it is a natural product and is more susceptible to wear and tear.

Cleaning a Black Leather Lounge – Avoid using lots of water and soap. Never use Ammonia or any cleaning solvent!

As in the previous part of this article I mentioned only to use a damp cloth. Don’t make the mistake of cleaning a leather lounge with excessive amounts of water and soap as it will make the lounge suite deteriorate sooner. As mentioned never use any solvents like Ammonia – particularly on black as it will bleach the leather.

Use a Leather Conditioner to protect your leather lounge

Don’t fall in to the trap of using a leather conditioner too often. Whilst this will make the lounge nice and shiny it is not the best thing to do. A leather lounge should be only conditioned once every 6 to 12 months. Once again – use a leather conditioner sparingly.

Avoid placing a leather lounge in direct sunlight or heat

If at all possible, avoid putting a black leather lounge near direct sunlight or heat. Essentially this means not placing the lounge right next to a window and definitely not right next to a heater or fireplace. Choose a cool place for your lounge suite.

Don’t sit in the one spot

Most people have a favourite spot on their lounge. If this spot starts showing the signs of wear and tear either switch the cushions around or switch spots. It’s a bit like rotating the tyres on a car.

Remember, your Black Leather Lounge probably cost thousands of dollars. Follow these tips above and your lounge should last you for many years to come.