How to Clean Upholstered and Other Ottomans


Cleaning Ottomans doesn't have to be a complicated and difficult process. It is easier than you think. Here are the simple steps you can follow to get a sparkling clean Ottoman.

1. Remove any covering and wash

If the Ottoman has a zipper or covering that allows you to remove it, then it's a lot easier to clean. Remove the cover and wash it as per the instructions attached. Usually you need to wash the cover with mild detergent and lukewarm water.

However, if you can't remove the cover or the fabric proceed to Step 2.

2. Remove any dust and vacuum

If you have a small Ottoman, you can take it to your backyard and give it a few good whacks to remove the dust that has settled in the cushion. If you can remove the cushion and shake it around, that's even better.

However, if you are dealing with a bigger piece of Ottoman and if you can't remove the cushions, then grab your vacuum cleaner and attach the headpiece that is designed for vacuuming furniture.

Take your time with the vacuuming and go slowly. Press deeply so that you get most of the dust off the cushion and the Ottoman.

3. Apply baking soda

It doesn't hurt to apply some baking soda and let it sit for about half an hour. Baking soda removes any foul odor that might have accumulated on your Ottoman.

4. Wash with mild soap and lukewarm water

You want to use lukewarm water and a mild detergent, because depending on the material if you use any strong detergent such as bleach or whatnot, you might end up damaging it.

If you have a leather Ottoman, then use soap that is specifically made for leather such as saddle-soap.

With a brush take your time cleaning any dirt that might have accumulated. For stains, don't brush instead blob and soak it. Brushing it will spread the stain around and will make it look worse.

Make sure to rinse a few times after the main wash.

5. Let It Dry

It will take a few hours to a day depending on the size of your Ottoman, but after it's dried, it will look a lot cleaner and shinier.

6. Use a steamer or an iron

Your Ottoman might look a little wrinkly after cleaning and brushing, which is why a steamer or an iron might help in straightening it out. However, make sure the fabric is suited for it!

You don't want to be ironing leather or sensitive material on high heat. Be careful!

Also read: How to reupholster an ottoman

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