A combination of vacuuming, steam, baking soda and disinfectant spray can kill most germs and get rid of dust and dirt hiding inside upholstery fabric. In many cases, the first three remedies work well as disinfectant is overkill for everyday cleaning.
Upholstery is a magnet for dust, bacteria, and germs, but luckily, it is not difficult to clean. Most chairs and mattresses can be disinfected through the following steps:
- Vacuum the fabric thoroughly to get rid of any loose dust and dirt. This will also get rid of some germs and mites. Use the upholstery attachment for easier access.
- Use a steam cleaner to gently steam the fabric. The heat kills quite a bit of bacteria and dust mites.
- Sprinkle the fabric with a mixture made up of one part baking soda and one part cornstarch. Mix in a few drops of tea tree oil. The baking soda and cornstarch absorb additional dirt and oil and helps the fabric smell fresh. The tea tree oil helps disinfect the fabric. Let the mixture sit on the fabric, then vacuum it up again.
Repeat the above process every few months to keep the upholstery clean and fresh. Although this process kills most mites and germs, It doesn't kill everything. Therefore, it can be handy to spray the fabric with disinfectant spray once a year or so. Avoid using it too often as overuse and misuse of disinfectants is linked to the rise of superbugs.