Furniture, bedspreads, dishes, and other important things in our homes can break down over time or get damaged if we don’t take care of them properly. Luckily, there are ways to keep them looking good and make them last longer.
Multisitez put together some useful and useful tips that could help you make things last longer at home.
1. Treat stains on upholstered chairs as soon as you notice them.
Anyone who has this kind of chair at home knows that it looks great, but it’s easy to get food stains on it when you sit on it to eat. They also gather a lot of dust, which can make them look older than they really are over time. So, it’s important to get rid of the stains as soon as you see them.
Pour hot water into a container and put a few drops of dish soap in it to do this. Wet the whole dirty area with a microfiber cloth so that the water doesn’t leave a mark. The last step is to rub the cloth until the dirt is gone.
2. Place your leather armchair away from direct sunlight.
If you want your leather armchairs to stay in good shape, you should put them somewhere where they won’t get direct sunlight. This keeps them from getting dirty, but it’s just as important to clean them often. To get rid of dust, you can just use a cloth.
Also, you might want to vacuum them to get rid of any food or other things stuck in the sofa’s crevices. If something falls on them, you won’t have to rub with a cloth to get it off. Instead, you can use a dry cloth to wipe up the liquid.
3. Brush velvet chairs and armchairs.
This kind of furniture gives your home a touch of style. And despite what you might think, velvet is a very durable material. However, like everything else, it needs to be cared for to stay in good shape. Using a special fabric brush on it a few times a month can help a lot.
Another good tip is to avoid leaving marks on this type of material by not leaving heavy things there for a long time. Lastly, try not to put this kind of furniture too close to the walls so it doesn’t get broken.
4. The daily wiping of wooden furniture
Wood is used in a lot of home furniture, like tables, benches, desks, and stoves, so it’s very important to know how to treat it to make it last longer. The first thing to do to keep this material shining is to clean it often with a feather duster or soft cloth. To clean the furniture better, mix olive oil and vinegar together and rub it into the surface with a soft cloth. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rub it again with a clean, dry cloth to make it shine.
5. Remove dirt with hot water.
Since sheets are usually covered by other things, they don’t get dirty as often, but they can still have dirt, bacteria, and even dust mites living in them. To get rid of them, it’s important to wash them in warm or hot water. Don’t forget to check the label to see if there are any special washing instructions to keep them looking like new for longer.
6. Don’t wash quilts too often.
Even though the bedspread is the first thing you see when you walk up to a bed, it doesn’t have to be washed more often than other blankets. In fact, you should wash it about twice or three times a year.
7. Let pillows dry all the way after washing them.
If you don’t want to ruin your pillows when you wash them, check to see if they are filled with natural materials. If so, you should take them to a dry cleaner instead. If there are no specific instructions on the label and the filling is made of synthetic materials, you can wash them with warm or hot water.
But after that, you should always make sure they are dry. If you hang them outside, you can even use a hair dryer or turn them inside out to dry them without damaging the filling and make them last longer.
8. Rotate carpets regularly.
Carpets add warmth and beauty to your home. They make a room feel cozier, but there are two easy things you can do to keep them in good shape and keep that feeling at home.
One way is to turn them every once in a while to show the spots where a piece of furniture might be leaving a mark. That’s a good way to give them time to get back into shape and keep them from getting broken. The other tip is to vacuum them often and well, since dust can damage the fibers if it builds up.
9. Air out the mattress frequently.
A mattress can last between 7 and 10 years, so there are some things you can do to keep it in good shape and even make it last longer. If you open the windows and take the sheets off the bed, any humidity that has built up can escape. Also, you should turn it at least four times a year and vacuum it when you need to.
10. Wash white textiles as soon as they become stained.
Towels, rags, and tablecloths used in the kitchen are easy to stain, especially if they are white. The key to making this process easier is to wash them as soon as they get dirty. Another good tip is to put a paste made of salt and water right away on the part of the carpet where the food or drink spilled to remove the stain.
11. Remember to dry the cutlery well.
Even though cutlery is used every day by everyone, it doesn’t always get as much care as it should. They can lose their shine and make you think they are dirty even if they aren’t. To keep them clean and shiny, just wash them with the soft part of the dish sponge, scrape off any leftover food, rinse them with cold water, and don’t forget to dry them instead of leaving them in the drainer so they don’t get stained.
12. Clean dishes with a DIY mixture.
Porcelain dishes can shine for a long time in a cupboard. A good way to get grease off dishes is to mix a tablespoon of baking soda, a tablespoon of white vinegar, a little lemon juice, and water in a bowl until a paste forms. Each fret should be rubbed with this paste and then washed.
13. Wash stainless steel pots and pans with warm water.
When you use pots and pans, grease can build up on them or stick to them. Over time, this grease will get harder to get off, making the pots and pans look dirty. To avoid this, you should wash the item perfectly with a neutral soap, warm water, and a soft sponge after using it. At the end, make sure it is completely dry so that no stains form. If the pot has marks from being used, boil water with a little vinegar for 4 or 5 minutes, and then wash the pot as usual with this solution.
14. Clean stubborn stains with vinegar.
When things are on the table during a meal, it is easy for something to spill or get on the tablecloth. The best way to make this item last longer is to clean the stains as soon as they happen. If it’s a coffee stain, which is hard to get out, you can put a little white vinegar and rubbing alcohol on the cloth and then wash it.
15. Do not overload the washing machine.
The washing machine is an essential part of the home, so it’s important to make it last as long as possible. The first thing we can do to take care of it is to make sure it’s not too full; it’s always best to split the clothes into smaller loads. Also, make sure the drum has enough airflow and that you clean the dirty soap scum off the rubber gasket, the detergent box, and the filter. Don’t forget to clean the outside of it every so often with a soft cloth dipped in soapy water and another soft, dry cloth.
16. Avoid using window cleaner on mirrors.
Home mirrors can get scratched, dull, or stained, so they need care just like anything else. To clean them, you should only use soft cloths and products that don’t have abrasives in them. Note that you shouldn’t use window cleaner on these because it may have chemicals in it.
17. Clean the outside of the toilet.
Think about how many people use the toilet to figure out how often you should clean it. For example, you’ll have to clean it more often if you have small children or older people living with you. As a general rule, you only need to do it twice a week.
When doing this, you should pay attention to both the inside and the outside, especially the seat, since water is always going through the inside. Use toilet paper, toilet cleaner, and a brush that can be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
What else do you think needs extra care to last longer at home? Tell us what you know.