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If you have kids and pets, your furniture has likely seen better days. Upholstered furniture, in particular, seems to get the brunt of the damage, from stains to rips and tears and more. Rather than tossing your old furniture, try these upholstery tips and tricks to bring the fabric back to life. You’ll be surprised at how much better it’ll look with a little elbow grease and TLC!

Make your upholstery look like new with these great diy tips, tricks, and ideas!

Upholstery Tips and Tricks

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1. Make your own upholstery cleaner using alcohol, vinegar and essential oils to make it all smell nice.

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2. Use a squeegee to pull pet hair off of upholstery, and then vacuum up the clumps.

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3. Tired of the way your furniture looks? Give that upholstery a fresh coat of paint. (Yes, paint!) Just look at that transformation!

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4. Sprinkle baking soda on upholstery to get rid of bad smells. Let it sit for about 20-30¬†minutes, and vacuum it off when you’re done.

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5. If you have a microfiber couch, you know how difficult it is to keep clean. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to get it looking like new again. It will seriously save your furniture!

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6. And here are some tips on how to remove grease stains from upholstery. Although the instructions call for corn starch, any talcum powder (such as baby powder) should suffice.

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7. If you plan to reupholster your furniture, consider waterproofing the pieces that get really messy (like your dining room chairs). You’ll be so glad you did. (Get the Thompson’s WaterSeal here.)

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8. For an office chair that’s long overdue for a makeover, use these tips to cover it in a new fabric.

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9. Parents, you’re crazy if you don’t have one of these seat covers in the back of your car to catch fallen food from the car seats. It’ll save you so much scrubbing later.

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10. Speaking of scrubbing the car seats, I just could not believe the difference in this seat after cleaning! I think club soda must be the trick to it… It’s the first one that I’ve seen get really clean, and club soda is the difference in the ingredients.

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11. Or use your carpet shampooer to deep clean the upholstery in your car or home.

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12. This simple carpet stain remover works well on upholstery, too. I’ve tried it myself! Make sure you test a spot first to make sure the fabric won’t fade.

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13. Addicted to garage sales? Use this method to clean upholstered furniture that you’ve bought second-hand. It’ll get out all the odors and stains so that it’s ready for its new home.

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14. If some of your upholstered furniture has holes in it, you have to watch this tutorial on how to patch them.



15. Use upholstery tacks to tighten loose fabric or when reupholstering furniture.

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