There is no faster way to induce panic than to witness a spill on your couch, carpet or bed. Minor scratches on wood, greasy oil stains and the mother of all worries, wine can all destroy your vision of a perfectly clean home. In times of crisis, it is important to have some fast and effective methods on how to minimize the damage. It is important to consult the care tag on your furniture before attempting any of these tips and use water very sparingly on furniture, a damp cloth is preferred.

Furniture Cleaning tips1. Stain police

Nobody likes a stain on their treasured furniture, but it is important to deal with each different kind of stain accordingly. When dealing with oil stains, use a light dash of salt or talcum powder directly on the stain as soon as possible will help absorb the oil or grease. Rub in gently and use a stain remover if possible then wipe off with a damp cloth. Removing coffee spills can be done easily enough with a bit of dish detergent, water and vinegar. Mix and scrub the stain until it disappears.

2. Mold or mildew on your outdoor furniture

Mix a quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide and a quarter teaspoon of bleach. Lightly rub the stain with a clean cloth dipped in the solution. Rub area with fresh water applied sparingly and let dry. If you’ve had a leather couch that has been in storage for a long time, use a mixture of one part of rubbing alcohol with one part of water. Combine in a spray bottle and apply to any moldy sections of the sofa. Dry with a clean cloth in small circular motions removing the mold and let it air dry.

3. Kid-friendly furniture

Those of you with kids know how stubborn and unsightly a crayon stain can be! Basic non-gel toothpaste can help to remove crayon marks. Rub it gently on the surface then remove with a damp cloth.

4. Multi-purpose lemon oil

When it comes to cleaning wood furniture, homemade lemon oil is the best kept secret. In a bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and couple of drops of essential oil. Mix and then dip your cleaning cloth into the bowl. Shine your wood furniture with the rag against the grain. After you’re finished, wipe the furniture with another dry and clean rag. You can also use the mixture for cleaning glass surfaces and plastic surfaces!

5. DIY carpet cleaning

The price of professional carpet cleaning can sometimes be outrageous, but recently there has been a spike in people renting out their own carpet cleaning machines and going at it on their own. Interested in trying it out? Here’s a couple of easy homemade solution to use with the machine. Use 1-part vinegar to 10 parts water, depending on how much you need. Don’t worry about the smell, it goes away overnight. If you’re not comfortable with the vinegar, you can also use equal amounts of window cleaner and hot water. If you don’t have wall-to-wall carpeting, most modern rugs come with care instructions for how to clean in the washing machine! Easy enough.

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