Coming Clean with Effective Furniture Sanitising.
With the advent of COVID-19, having the know-how to clean, maintain, and most importantly, sanitise your furniture is becoming an increasingly crucial everyday skill to possess. Even more so when you’re in the F&B and hospitality industry – no one wants to be linked to a health scare. Luckily for you, we’ve gotten our hands dirty on the topic, so you won’t have to.
Whether you need it now or in the future, here is onestop’s easy guide on how to safely disinfect your furniture while keeping its material in its pristine condition.
Sensitive to abrasive chemicals, fine upholstery should be treated with the appropriate care to sanitise and maintain its pristine condition carefully.
Step 1: Vacuum
Get rid of the fine debris and prevent dirt from building up and wearing into the furniture over time especially in high-humidity conditions.
Step 2: Disinfect
Use your usual fabric or upholstery cleaner/disinfectant spray. If not, a mixture of liquid dishwasher soap, water and a pinch of baking soda works wonders as well – just dab the mixture into your furniture with a sponge.
Step 3: Wipe
Let the solution work its magic for 5 – 10 minutes, then wipe the residue away with a clean cloth.
Allow your furniture to dry completely (if possible, in the sun) to prevent a moist environment for microorganisms to grow. This goes for mattresses, fabrics, and cushions alike. For leather materials, do consider coating it with coconut or linseed oil as an additional protection to keep the material moisturised and prevent cracking.
One of the most durable materials out there with natural antibacterial properties, caring for your wooden furniture starts with a crucial step: identifying its finish. Most wooden furniture comes in either an oil or hard finish such as Polyurethane resin base finish.
For hard finish: Regular mild cleaning solution will work just fine. Start wiping at an inconspicuous area to ensure the soap does not mar the finish, before applying to the whole area. If it does, just wipe with water only. Dry the furniture thoroughly after as beads of water can damage it. For hard finishes layered with plastic veneer, spray disinfectant or wipe surface with an antimicrobial wipe.
For oil finish: Start with a mixture of foamy mild soap and water solution. Dip cloth, wring it thoroughly and use it to wipe the furniture. Next, wet another cloth with water and use it to rinse the soap off the furniture’s surface. Then dry it thoroughly with a new clean cloth.
Plastic furniture has a reputation for being able to be used with a wide range of products and homemade remedies. There are multiple effervescent spray cleaners in the market that works well on plastic furniture. You may also look for regular disinfectant sprays and follow the instructions on the label. Alternatively, you can also use lemon as a natural disinfectant. It is kind to the environment and non-toxic, making it safe for sensitive skins or young children.
When it comes to the sturdy world of metal furniture, most are familiar with using regular disinfectant sprays, or simple mixture of white vinegar & lemon. However, what you need to watch out for is rust. We recommend looking into rust remover products to effectively clean every stain and paste wax to keep the rust off, and protect your surfaces for daily usage.
For an extra effort, or to avoid using chemical cleaners, steam cleaners are a good alternative for killing microscopic bugs and mites on furniture, table tops, mattresses and more, in just a few seconds. Take note, certain delicate upholstery fabric sensitive to shrinkage, such as velvet, should not be used with a steam cleaner. Similarly, certain chemicals could react with certain colours and materials for the fabric.
And there you have it, now you’re equipped with the basic knowledge to fight the invisible enemies.
From all of us here at onestop, stay safe and clean, and don’t forget to approach us for any enquiries. We’re happy to help you customise and choose materials to make cleaning easier and increase the longevity of your furniture.