How to clean a sofa naturally

Whether you’re having a cup of tea with a friend, having a movie night with the family or just relaxing with family and friends, Quality sofas like that of louis Valentino’s provide the best resting spot.

However, no matter how careful you might be, stains and spillages are bound to build up with everyday use or discoloration and bed smell at worst case scenario

Hold on though, don’t fill your shopping trolley with expensive sofa cleaning products just yet. Give your self a new ease of life and save some of your money, cause all it takes is a few natural ingredients – many of which I can bet you already have in your kitchen cabinet

Below are the best natural ways to clean a sofa.

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First, brush it up!

To be certain you’re giving your sofa enough deep clean, the first thing you should do is remove any crumbs or dirt from both the surface and in-between the sofa cushions.

To do this, get a clean, dry cloth. With the cloth in hand, brush the sofa’s surfaces, ensuring you reach into all the sofa’s corners. For difficult areas, you may need to use a stiff brush.

TIPS: If your sofa is a bit colored, you’ll have to use a white cloth. Else, the dye from the cleaning cloth could soak into the fabric of your sofa and cause discoloration.

Removing bad smells

Some sofa’s with fibers have a tendency to cling to smells from pets, farts and spillages Over time, this can develop into an unpleasant and offensive odors, which isn’t ideal when hosting and entertaining visitors.

Below is how to remove smells from sofa made with fabrics:

What you need:

  • Baking soda
  • Dry carpet cleaner

How to clean and remove the smell:

Firstly, remove any dirt or crumbs from your sofa’s surface.

Next, sprinkle the entire sofa with baking soda and leave to sit for a minimum of 20 minutes. Once the time is up, vacuum the sofa using a brush attachment. To remove stubborn stains, mix the baking soda with dry carpet cleaner and leave that to sit for another 20 minutes. If that isn’t enough, I advice you take a handheld steam cleaner to remove lingering odor from your sofa.

Sofas made of fabrics aren’t the best at repelling spillages or deep stains. Anyone who has poured a glass of say red wine onto their favorite sofa knows how painful it can be, Thankfully, there are ways to clear up stubborn stains without the need for chemical products. Below, is how you can remove stain with natural ingredients from your sofa.

How to remove stains from fabric:

What you need:

  • Washing liquid
  • White vinegar
  • Backing soda
  • Warm water

TIPS: Baking soda and white vinegar is an ace cleaning combination for any tough stain. This is because the baking soda reacts with the vinegar to create an acidic formula which gently cuts through grease and hard dirt.

Steps to remove it.

Take a teaspoon of washing liquid, white vinegar, baking soda and warm water and mix together into a lather. Next, apply directly to any stains that you can spot on your sofa. Leave to dry out for at least 10 minutes. When it’s dry, clean the surface with a clean cloth to lift away any remnants, you should be left with a beautiful stain-free sofa.

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How to decorate a Nigerian Home in 8 steps

How do you make your space look its best while reflecting your personal sense of style? Moving into a new home can be one of life’s great joys, but it can also be a time of uncertainty, especially when it comes to decorating. Do it well and you’ll end up with a comfortable, happy home. Do it poorly and you’ll end up with a hodge-podge of furniture, fabrics and paint colors that never congeal into a pleasing whole. With a little planning, and by following the same steps used by professional interior designers, you’ll have a much greater chance of success.  

Here are 8 steps to follow when decorating a Nigerian home.

  1. Don’t be in a hurry to buy furniture.

Don’t go shopping in a panic, just because you have an empty home. Yes, you need a sofa. But if you pick the blue-striped coral sofa just because you like it in the store, without taking measurements or thinking about the rest of the room, you’re stuck with it. The rest of the room will have to be built around that sofa, and if it’s too large for the space it will look awkward. 

Start in the room you’re looking to furnish, armed with a measuring tape and a notepad. 

  • Know Your Measurements

Matching the scale of furniture to the scale of a room is critical. Before you start designing, measure the length and width of each room you intend to decorate, along with the ceiling height and elements that could get in the way – stairs, columns, radiators and other obstructions. A deep sectional sofa can easily overpower a small room and svelte chairs can get lost in a wide-open loft. It’s also a good idea to measure window openings, along with the wall space below, above and to the sides of each one, to get ready for window coverings. 

Carefully measuring your space can help avoid such as buying sofas that don’t fit in the room, sofas that don’t fit through doorways, tables that are too small, desks that are too big, nightstands that hang into the doorway.

  • Make a Floorplan

Once you have the measurements of your room, it’s time to put them to use with a floor plan that gives you a bird’s eye view of the entire home.

One option is to draw a floor plan the old-fashioned way, with paper, a pencil and a ruler. However, most professional designers use drafting software like AutoCAD. In between those two extremes are apps that aim to make it easy for homeowners to create simple floor plans (some even automate measurements with your smartphone’s camera, but double-check those numbers), including MagicplanFloor Plan Creator and RoomScan Pro.

Once you have the outline of the space, start experimenting with the placement of furniture, making sure that the footprint of each piece is scaled to match the size of the drawing. 

  • Decide How You Want to Live

This is the tricky part, and there are no right or wrong answers. Rooms can be traditional or modern, formal or relaxed, and visually warm or cool. “To the best of your ability, you have to try to discern how you would like to live in a given space,” said Ms. Hampton. “What will you be doing? How many people live there? Are there children? What are your ambitions for how you would like to live?” 

The decoration of a home for someone who regularly hosts large dinner parties, for instance, should be different from a home for someone who eats out at restaurants every night. The person who plans to host lavish fundraisers should have a different living room than the person who dreams only of crashing in front of the TV. 

  • Imitate the Pros

Look in design books and magazines, as well as at online resources like HouzzPinterest and Instagram to sharpen your personal style. “Figure out the style that you respond to most,” said Brad Ford, an interior designer in New York City, and develop a dossier of favorite images. 

Once you have images you like, study the details, advised Mr. Kleinberg. “See where pattern is used versus where solids are used, and where color can be used successfully or not,” he said. It will also help inform everything from the type of furniture you might like to a potential strategy for window coverings.  

  • Tape It Out on the Actual Floor

To take ideas on a floor plan one step farther, use painter’s tape in the real space to outline where furniture will be placed on floors and against walls. 

“We use blue tape on the floor to box out different elements,” said Anne Maxwell Foster, an owner of the New York interior design firm Tilton Fenwick. “Where will the rug be? Does it need to be cut? How far is the coffee table coming out? Even though we have everything down to a sixteenth of an inch on a furniture plan, there’s something helpful about visualizing it in the space, and being able to walk around.”

  • Create a Budget

There’s no getting around the math: If you splurge on an unexpectedly expensive chair, you’ll have less money available for the rest of the home. “You want to make sure you’re being strategic about how you spend your money,” said Mr. Ford. “A budget gives you a roadmap for how to divide the costs of things between rooms.” You can still make an exception if you find a one-of-a-kind dining table, he noted, but in order to pay for it you have be thoughtful about where else you can cut back. 

  • Plan the Phases

Finishing drywall, refinishing hardwood floors and painting ceilings is all messy work. If at all possible, it’s better to have this type of work completed before moving any furniture or accessories into the space.

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