How to Clean Furniture

Looking to clean your furniture? Your home's furniture gets a lot of wear and tear from everyday use, and gets quite dirty in the process. Hometalk can help you clean your furniture yourself without needing to call in the professionals. Check out our projects, discussion boards, slideshows, and videos. Have a burning question? Ask it! Dive in!

Clean Furniture with Ease
Spot check
Before using a cleaner on your furniture, spot check on a small area to make sure it works properly.
Vacuum upholstered furniture
Vacuuming upholstered furniture is the easiest way to keep it clean. Be sure to get all the nooks and crannies as well as under the cushions.
Blot stains to prevent more damage
Instead of scrubbing or rubbing a stain, blot it to absorb as much liquid as possible before it soaks in.
Use a cloth to clean wood
Wood can scratch easily, which is why it's important when dusting to use a clean cloth on the surface.
Removing stains off wood
Create a solution using 1-2 tablespoons of mild soap mixed with a bucket of warm water to wipe down stained furniture.
Top Projects for Cleaning Furniture

Here are our top DIY furniture cleaning projects. Look around.

Popular Slideshows for Cleaning Furniture

Slideshows to get you started with your next DIY furniture cleaning project.

Furniture Cleaning Videos

Watch video tutorials on how to best clean your furniture. Take a look.

Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets the Easy Way!

A Hometalker recently told me that the best way to clean grimy cabinets is to put some dishwashing powder on a damp cloth and wipe off all the grime. In my house, we have a toddler and a preschooler (if you're wondering how this cabinet got so dirty, that's how!) so our cabinets get pretty grimy pretty fast. I tried out this cleaning tip and, I have to say, it was amazing! Isn't that magic? So, back to how it all started...

How To Deep Clean a Mattress

When was the last time you cleaned your mattress?My mattress was discolored from my dark sheets & a few spills so I decided it was time for a deep clean!

How to Remove Rust From Chrome Furniture

I won't lie, this was not my first dumpster dive and probably wont be my last!I got very lucky and found this great chrome coffee table base!

Extreme Table Top Cleaning!

This project was born out of frustration! While putting away my Christmas crate display, I realized some of the fiberfil "snow" I used had stuck to the top of the cabinet it was displayed on. It was time to do something!This mid-century modern cabinet was a Craigslist find that came out of the home of a smoker. There was decades of cigarette smoke, tar, nicotine and grime built up on it that caused the top to be sticky.Just a word of caution. This is an EXTREME method of cleaning. It worked on this teak piece, but it could have easily damaged this as well. Your results may vary so use this at your own risk. I was willing to try this because if it hadn't worked, I would have had to completely strip the piece. I was willing to take that risk.Note that using acetone on a poly finish will eat through it and you WILL have to totally refinish the piece. I know so because back in the day Steph spilled a bit of nail polish remover (acetone) on our dining room table and it left a quarter size mark in the finish. This teak cabinet did not appear to have a finish on it other than perhaps an oil finish. I don't know for sure.

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