As a used furniture store in Boulder, we’ve learned many lessons over the years about how to properly clean furniture.

One piece of wisdom we can’t stress enough is the importance of giving all pieces of furniture a chance. Even if a sofa seems dilapidated, it might just need a deep clean and some reupholstering. The gems you find at used furniture stores probably didn’t look like gems when they were first acquired — sometimes, it just takes elbow grease and know-how.

Furniture Cleaning Tips From Our Used Furniture Store

If you’re looking to make used furniture sparkle or want to clean up furniture before you consign it, check out these furniture cleaning tips from No Place Like Home.

Vacuum Upholstered Furniture

Does your sofa look like it’s spent more time at the dog park than in your living room? If you have an upholstered sofa, chaise, or surface, vacuuming is the best course of action. It might seem that vacuums are too rough on an upholstered surface, but this isn’t accurate. Vacuums come with different nozzles made for the cushions, cracks, and crevices of your upholstered furniture.

Before vacuuming, be sure to shake off the dust and debris from the cushions. Think of it like a mat in your car. The more you can shake off, the easier the vacuuming.

For a really good clean, take your cushions off to get the areas under and behind them. Vacuum all sides of your cushions, as well.

Make Your Own Solution

There are entire grocery store aisles dedicated to cleaning solutions, but most of them come with toxic chemicals and are too specialized to be a true household cleaner.

Furniture (and especially old furniture) can be sensitive to these harsher substances. You never know how a fabric will react, so you want to be exceedingly careful. Still, tap water alone won’t do the job.

There’s a solution for this problem — literally.

Mix water, liquid dish detergent (just a few drops), a cap of white vinegar, and a few pinches of baking soda to make a solution that’s gentle yet effective.

If you put this solution in a spray bottle, you can use it on floors, baseboards, tables, chairs, and just about any surface. It’s still best to test the solution on a small, hidden spot so make sure it mixes well with the fabric. Use a sponge to rub the mixture into the surface and let it air dry. If you see discoloration, don’t use the solution.

Vacuum And Treat Leather Furniture

If you have leather sofas and chairs, vacuuming is a good course of action. While vacuuming removes dog hair, dust, and dirt, it doesn’t really target stains.

For stains on leather, you’ll want to start by trying soapy water. Just put in a few tablespoons of gentle dish soap in warm water and apply the solution onto the leather with a cloth. Dry with a clean cloth.

If the stain still doesn’t come out, switch to a half-vinegar, half-water solution. This is a bit stronger but still mild and natural enough to not damage your surface.

Finally, for leather, a salve of vinegar and oil can help to keep the sheen alive. We recommend linseed oil and a ratio of one part vinegar to two parts oil. Let the mixture set for 10 minutes, and then clean it out with a cloth.

Check Furniture Tags

When in doubt, listen to your furniture manufacturers and follow their recommended cleaning guidelines. The last thing you want to do is ruin an antique table because you used a turpentine solution that was too strong.

About Our Used Furniture Store In Boulder

Cleaning furniture can be a real chore, but it’s one that pays off dividends. At No Place Like Home in Boulder, we’ve seen fraying futons transform into stunning pieces of antique furniture — all thanks to a little elbow grease and the proper cleaning techniques.

Luckily, our used furniture store takes care of the cleaning so you don’t have to. Browse our furniture selection online or stop by our store today to see the types of furniture we offer.

We’re excited to see you soon at No Place Like Home, located on Antique Row in the heart of Boulder.