A countless number of germs may be lingering on the arms of the classic rocking chair you just brought home from the flea market. Irresistible or not, in case your undeniable bargain makes everyone in the house sick, the cash you saved was for nothing. Furniture pieces which you buy new can also profit from a gentle duvet the minute they enter your home — or even before you bring them indoors.
Spray It Down
Surprisingly, upholstered and fabric-covered furniture pieces are among the easiest to disinfect. Simply remove and spritz the piece all over with a fabric-safe soap spray. Spray on the cushions separately and allow all the pieces to dry. Most of the spray soap cleaners you buy at the supermarket are safe for cloths, but if you are not sure, spray a little, concealed place on your upholstered piece to see if it causes a reaction. These types of cleaners typically work to kill mildew mold, viruses and bacteria.
Wipe It Off
If your spray soap is safe for timber surfaces, then use it to clean your wood furniture or the wooden parts of combination pieces. Just spray it on and allow it to dry. If you have distilled white vinegar, you can use that as well. Mix a solution of 1/2-cup vinegar, 1/4-cup baking soda and 1-cup ammonia to 1 gallon of warm water. Apply the solution with a damp towel and buff to remove. This method effectively cleans and disinfects your timber surfaces without streaking or harmful finishes.
Add a touch of Lemon
Lemon is a natural disinfectant and also kind to the environment as well. Rather than using bleach to wash exterior plastic patio furniture, or if you’re cleaning plastic tables, chairs and crib railings in the infant’s room, lemon is a non-toxic alternative. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar and add 15 drops of lemon essential oil. Spray your plastic surfaces, wait a couple of minutes, and just wipe dry.
Conquer With Kerosene
Spray soap, white vinegar and lemon are safe choices for eliminating germs and germs from alloy, but should you want a little added boost for combating rust, use a steel wool pad dipped in kerosene to conquer rust stains once and for all. As soon as your metal piece is cleaned and seems new again, give it a once-over with car wax to stop the rust from coming.