Is your home-furniture safe from infections and germs? Keeping your furniture clean and disinfected not only makes it look attractive but also lengthens its durability. And, furniture being one of the most touched surfaces at home, it is much more relevant to maintain proper sanitary conditions under the current circumstances.
Throughout this blog article, we are going to give you step by step guide on how you can clean and disinfect your:–
Acrylic and Lucite Furniture
To keep your home furniture clean and virus-free.
Most household disinfectants are effective on hard surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, counters, tables, handles, desks, toilets, taps, and sinks, whereas using hand-sanitizer, thorough handwashing, proper usage of masks and gloves can ensure personal protection at home.
Besides, while it may seem overwhelming to clean and disinfect a whole house’s worth of furniture, it doesn’t have to be a hassle if done regularly. Let us understand in detail.
How to Clean & Disinfect Upholstered Furniture?
Regularly vacuuming your furniture is the first step to keep your furniture clean and disinfecting. Make sure to clean the cracks and crevices of your upholstered furniture between cushions, like the joint areas, the arms of a sofa, and the back. Take the cushions off, to vacuum all sides of them. Give it brushing off first before vacuuming as the majority of dirt and debris can be easily brushed loose thanks to the fiber density and stain-resistant quality.
2. Check the labels.
If you have lost the tag, consult a professional first. Remember, if your furniture needs a solvent-based cleaner, you have to purchase and use that only; but if your furniture is ok with water-based cleaner, you can easily make it at home.
W is for water-based detergent.
S stands for Clean with a water-free product, like dry cleaning solvent.
WS means you may use either a water-based or a water-free cleanser.
X is for professionally cleaning only, though feel free to vacuum it.
Understand the labels and keep this is in mind when purchasing furniture itself to avoid confusion.
3. Create a water-based cleaner with dish-washing liquid.
Fill a spray bottle with water. Add a couple of drops of dish detergent liquid (not powder), a cap full of white vinegar and a few pinches of baking soda in the mix will combat odor. Shake it well before use.
4. Test the mixture in a hideous spot.
On the back or underside of the upholstery, rub some of the detergent mixtures with the help of a sponge. Wipe it dry with a cloth and then let it air dry completely. Consider cleaning the furniture professionally if discoloration occurs.
Consider using a spray-and-leave Fabric Disinfectant in the end to disinfect the upholstered furniture better.
5. Use a sponge to dampen stains.
With a sponge, rub your mixture into the furniture, and pat it dry with a cloth. Let the detergent sit and penetrate for several minutes on any stains or tough spots in the upholstery.
6. Try to blot future spills.
Avoid extensive cleaning sessions in the future by acting quickly when spills occur, treating them before they stain too severely. As opposed to scrubbing or rubbing, blot the stain to absorb as much liquid as possible before it soaks in.
How to Clean & Disinfect Leather Furniture?
1. Vacuum it first.
While vacuuming, use the soft brush attachment to limit the risk of damaging it. Remove cushions to ensure you reach every nook of the furniture. Regular vacuuming is advised to keep it clean and disinfected.
2. Clean dirt and minor stains with mild dish soap and water.
Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of mild dish detergent with a small bucket of warm water. Dip a clean cloth in the soapy water and wring it out to keep it just damp. Wipe down the dirty areas of your furniture. Finally, pat it dry with a clean cloth. Use a stronger cleaner only if any stain remains.
3. Use vinegar mixture if soapy water doesn’t work.
Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a bucket. Soak a rag in it, wring it out to keep it damp, and wipe down your leather furniture. Rinse out the rag frequently to avoid spreading dirt, and pat it dry after with a clean cloth. For white or beige furniture, equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar is an ideal spot cleaner. Just rub the mixture into the stain, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wipe, if any residue, with a clean cloth. Rubbing alcohol applied by cotton swab also works wonders for ink stains and mildew. Dry the area with hot air from a blow dryer after cleaning.
4. Nourish the leather furniture with vinegar and linseed oil.
Make a mixture with one part vinegar to two parts linseed oil. Shake it well, rub it, and leave for 10 minutes before you buff it out with a cloth once or more as required. An alternate is to apply leather cream to your furniture after you clean it to re-moisturize the leather. Also, use a leather specific disinfectant spray or oil to keep it disinfected.
5. Avoid cracking and dryness by keeping it out of the sun.
Exposure to direct sunlight is bad for leather, even with great upkeep. Consider keeping them away from open windows, or ensure your curtains are closed when you’re not in the room. Keep leather furniture at least two feet away from heat sources in the home.
How to Clean & Disinfect Wooden Furniture?
1. Understand the finish used on your furniture.
If you’re unsure, begin with a mild cleaner. Then move successively toward stronger cleaning methods depending on the furniture’s reaction (or lack of one). If your furniture is stained, painted, etc., then you should choose a method appropriate to that finish. As a general rule for wood furniture: use the least amount of water, and when you do, remove it from the table at the earliest to avoid warp and crack.
2. Wipe it for dust and loose dirt from the wood.
Use a dry cloth for loosening and removing any dust and dirt on the surface. Avoid feather dusters as their quills can scratch the wood.
3. Use mild soap and water to remove dust and stain.
Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of mild dish detergent to a small bucket of warm water. Wipe the wood furniture down with the soap-water dampened cloth. Dry the furniture with a clean cloth. If the dirt or stains remain, rub the wood using a rag with mineral spirits. Do it in a well-ventilated space.
4. Make and use a turpentine mixture for use on finished wood.
Mix three-quarters of a cup of boiled linseed oil and one-quarter of a cup of turpentine in a jar, and shake well. Rub the mixture in along the grain and polish with a soft rag. This mixture works very well to increase the gloss and durability of finished wood and to prevent drying and cracking in unfinished wood. Rub the oil thoroughly and allow the furniture to air dry. As an alternative, commercial furniture oil is available for this same purpose. Apart from this, always use a wooden disinfectant spray on a regular basis for disinfecting the wooden furniture.
5. Use furniture wax to protect the furniture if it is unwaxed.
Apply it generously using a cheesecloth, in the direction of the grain. Then, buff with a separate cloth afterward.
How to Clean and Disinfect Acrylic and Lucite Furniture?
1. Use a dry clean cloth to wipe it down.
It requires minimum care. But it can be easily scratched by the little flecks of dirt and grime. Always use a freshly laundered cloth to wipe your furniture down to avoid scratches.
2. Avoid using Windex and glass cleaners.
Cleaners if not designed for acrylic or lucite can crack your furniture. Similarly, if something gets stuck to your furniture, use a wet cloth and specifically designed cleaners only.
3. Remove scratches with plastic polish.
If your furniture has been scratched, it can be repaired with the polish. Apply a small amount of plastic cleaner, and gently buff the area with a soft cloth. Products designed to clean and disinfect plastic are the only cleaners or disinfectants that should be used on acrylic furniture.
How to Clean & Disinfect Plastic Furniture?
1. Wipe it dry.
Use a clean cloth or a dusting brush to wipe out the dust from your plastic furniture. Use vacuum cleaning if required for difficult to reach areas.
2. Use basic soap water to clean it.
Make soap detergent at home with few drops of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of water. Use a cloth dampened in it and rub the surfaces well to clean it properly. As an alternate, you may opt for a ready to use plastic cleaner.
3. Pat it dry with a clean cloth.
After washing it well, use a clean cloth to pat it dry.
4. Spray it up with disinfectant sanitizer.
You may additionally use sanitizer/disinfectant spray frequently to keep it cleanand disinfected.
Before and After Hygiene:
Make sure to use a proper face mask and eye protection while cleaning. Use gloves to avoid any touch of chemicals directly.
After Cleaning and Disinfecting the furniture, remove the mask and eye protection, dispose of the gloves or put it separate for washing if it is reusable. Once the gloves, mask, and eye protection are taken down, always wash your hands thoroughly with a mild hand washing liquid or soap for at least 20 seconds. And, if you have been doing the dry cleaning only, you may opt to use a hand sanitizer afterward with at least 60% alcohol density.
We hope that it is informative and it will help you understand and choose the most appropriate way to clean and disinfect your home furniture without being overwhelmed, regardless of the type and material it is, like a pro.
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Your restaurant is only half as good as the food you offer. The rest of the charm depends on the ambiance, and the furniture determines a major chunk of that. If you’re a sound businessman, you’d focus on the least depreciation of your restaurant furniture. This is why maintenance of your furniture is of utmost importance. Now there are a few tricks to the trade. Learn them well, and maintaining the restaurant will get much easier than it seems.
Teach your employees the art of handling restaurant furniture
While the right cleaning process is very important for different kinds of furniture, your employees must be sensitized about the correct way to handle the furniture. This extends the longevity of the furniture by several years. First of all, your employees should know the right way to move around a chair and a table is to lift them and carry them from one place to another – never drag them across the floor. Dragging them not only ruins the legs of chairs and the tables but also damages the floor. In case you have hardwood flooring on your restaurant, make sure the chairs and tables are removed before cleaning the floor. This is advised because some of the products used for cleaning the floor may not be compatible with the material of the furniture, and might lead to clouding, staining or some other form of damage. It is also very important to make sure that you don’t use any cleaning product that is too abrasive on your furniture. Most importantly, the seating arrangement in your restaurant should be cleaned, vacuumed or wiped down at closing, and any damage or instability noticed in this process should be immediately informed to the management.
Caring is the key
While it’s very important to choose the right kind of furniture cleaner, it only forms just part restaurant furniture maintenance. It needs more attention to provide proper care of your restaurant furniture. When it comes to upholstery or fabric, it’s recommended that you follow the instructions provided by the manufactures to avoid any sort of damage. It’s also a good idea to spot test a cleaning product. You should spot test on an area that isn’t visible to the customer. It’s always advisable to stay away from using sharp tools or objects that could damage the furniture. Abrasive cleaning tools such as hard bristle brushes and sandpaper can be dangerous for wooden and metal furniture. However, the chances are less on plastic chairs and plastic tables. Do not use any sharp tools or objects that could cause damage to your chairs. Avoiding abrasive cleaning products is critical to protecting your furniture, especially wood and metal chairs. If you’re not sure what kind of cleaning products to go for, stick to soap and water to be on the safe side. Make sure you check the screws of the furniture once every month. If they get loose, tighten them immediately.
Here are a few tips on choosing the right kind of cleaning product depending on the kind of furniture you use:
Use a mixture of dish soap and warm water to clean your wooden restaurant furniture. Gently wipe the surface off and dry thoroughly when finished. It’s important to avoid citrus-based products as they can strip the finish. It’s also recommended that you use furniture polish every three months. Whatever product you’re using, don’t change the brand between cleanings as this may cause the wood to take a cloudy appearance. Dust the chairs regularly and wipe off the dust against the grain treating the chairs with paste wax every four months is also a great way to disguise minor damages and small scratches. In case there are spots or burns, use ammonia to get rid of them but do a quick spot test before that. To get rid of water rings, use steel wool and paste wax.
When it comes to metal furniture, it’s best to use non-abrasive household cleaning products or simply mild soap and water. All you have to do us spray the solution on the furniture and wipe dry with a cloth. However, you have to make sure that the cleaner doesn’t dry on the surface as it may damage the finish. Remove the dirt build-up with a soft-bristled brush.
For upholstery and fabric, you should use a vacuum attachment and a dry towel. Blot up spills with the towel and clean the dirt and dust off the surface with the vacuum.
Plastic furniture probably requires the least amount of products and techniques when it comes to maintaining restaurant furniture. Use non-abrasive household cleaning products or mild soap and water. Simply spray the solution on the plastic and wipe it dry.
That’s all you need to know about keeping your restaurant furniture squeaky clean.
It’s not usual for everyone to have a patio to call their own. If you are one of those proud and rare owners of a patio, it’d be a waste to not deck it up in the most luxurious manner. Are you worried about the cost? Don’t. You don’t need to spend big bucks when you have good ideas. There’s a lot that can be done to the outdoor space that requires minimum expenditure and maximum creativity. Let’s look at what we can do.
Light up the greens
You may or may not have a designer patio per se but a little bit of light can totally change the look of the space. If you have some greenery around the patio area, which could be anything starting from bushes to small trees, drape a string of fairy lights around it and let the evenings be magical. Use an extension cord to plug the lights from indoors if you don’t have a plug point outside. Small gatherings at your patio will look so much better at such a surreal setup with fairy lights glimmering like fireflies on the bushes.
How about a barbecue grill?
If Sunday afternoons are meant for a having a gala time with friends and family at the patio, why not do it with barbecue and drinks? A built-in barbecue grill is a good way to turn your patio into a permanent party spot. Lay a few plastic chairs and tables, crack open a few cold ones, crank up the music and have a good time with friends grilling chicken and making merry throughout the weekend.
Your own personal heaven to relax
While the patio can be a great place to party, it can also be a great place to unwind on your own. If you would rather choose to relax on your patio by yourself, enjoy a nice book or simply gaze at the stars, here’s the perfect idea for you – a sunlounger. A perfect plastic sunlounger, designed for comfort and aesthetics, gives your back the much needed rest after a long week. The Italica sunlounger not only feels good but looks good as well, which makes sure your patio is well complemented with this little addition.
A pool in the patio!
No we’re not talking about installing a Jacuzzi in your patio. We’re talking about inflatable pools that the whole family can enjoy. If you have a patio, why not enjoy the summers in the water without having to go to the beach. Picture this: You and your family are splashing water at each other in the pool, while sipping drinks and munching on your favourite snacks from a smart little plastic kitchen trolleyresting beside the pool. Quite the life, isn’t it?
Every night could be dine-out night with a patio that in hand. Just take out those plastic chairs and tables, lay a nice tablecloth and you’re ready to enjoy a lovely dinner with your family. Remember the fairy lights? They’re going to keep the area well lit for a perfect dinner and if it’s not too windy, you may also consider a candle-lit dinner!
Often considered the recession-proof industry, the wedding industry in India amounts to more than 40 billion dollars. It keeps growing rapidly at an annual rate of 30%. But this ever-booming industry doesn’t come without its own hassles. There are hundreds of tiny details that have to be taken care of. While the big fat Indian weddings make it to the headlines, it is the smaller, regular-scale weddings that make up for the volume of this industry. So where does plastic come into all of this? Well it’s the little accessories that make a big event. You may be a wedding planner, a caterer or just a regular person trying to host a wedding – but the following plastic products are going to save you from a lot of trouble.
Seating arrangement is one of the chief concerns in a wedding. Plastic chairs serve the purpose more aptly in this case. First of all, due to their light weight, they can be easily rearranged owing to sudden requirements. Secondly they’re easily transportable, which makes it possible for one to call for more supplies in case there’s a shortage. Thirdly, they’re unbreakable. No unruly kid running around the wedding ground breaks plastic chairs. Therefore, if you’re a vendor, you don’t have to worry about losses, and if you’re renting the chairs, you don’t have to worry about incurring extra costs.
Now let’s talk about the aesthetics. You don’t need to have a designer wedding to make sure that your chairs and tables look good. The best thing about plastic chairs and plastic tables is that they come in different colours. They can easily be a decorative complement to the wedding decorations. Plastc without arm chairs often covered with a decorative white cover. That makes a low-cost plastic chair look premium. It’s one of the most cost-effective ways of enhancing the appeal of a wedding through the furniture.
But that’s not the only area where the use of plastic comes in handy at weddings. If you’re arranging a wedding, you’d know that there are several things that need to be carried from one place to another and stored. There are flowers, decorative, tools, food items, and so much more coming in and out of the wedding premises – you need to store these items with care. This is where the role of quality plastic crates comes to play.
Plastic kitchen trolleys for serving starters makes life a lot easier for caterers at weddings. Plastic crates are also useful for collecting used plates.
Plastic waste binsare also an indispensable part of wedding events. No event management is successful without a proper waste management system, and if you don’t want your wedding to smell foul, make sure your waste bins are sorted. In destination weddings plastic make-shift toilets are also quite common.
While the wedding industry is booming, it may also leave behind a tremendous amount of waste. Plastic furniture and other plastic products also play a role in limiting the carbon footprints of our weddings by being – reusable, recyclable and highly durable.
We’re about a month away from Diwali, and there’s a lot to be done. But the first and foremost thing that you’re probably concerned about is getting on with that long due makeover of your house. While the Diwali clean-up is mandatory, you may need a thing or two only spruce up your home but also entertain your Diwali guests. Here’s what we suggest:
Brand new plastic chairs
Look at your old chairs. The faded colours, the wobbly legs and the overall depreciated appeal will never let your house get a fresh and new look no matter how much you clean up. It’s time to get new, colourful plastic chairs that are good-looking, durable and reasonable. This Diwali or the next, plastic chairs are going to be as good as new for the longest time.
A coffee table and chair set
A coffee table and chair set maybe used for many things other than having coffee, but a set of gorgeous plastic table will never fail to lighten up the room. All those card games that go synonymous with Diwali celebrations can be held right in this set up.
Plastic kitchen trolley
There’s no way you can forget the kitchen while giving your home a makeover. Your kitchen is going to be the powerhouse of all the Diwali energy. So make sure you have a beautiful plastic kitchen trolley that can keep the delicious Diwali snacks coming in and out of the kitchen without a break.
Storage is going to be a big concern with if you’re cleaning up. There are certain things that need to be removed but can’t be thrown away. To make sure all this items, which could even be supplies for your Diwali celebrations, are stored in nice plastic crates instead of just being strewn around the house.
Plastic Waste bins
No Diwali clean up is possible without proper plastic waste bins. This Diwali, let’s make sure we show the junk its right place with perfect plastic waste bins. Keep your house smell free with bins that have proper lids. Keep it clean, keep it hygienic.
You must have noticed a growing trend of plastic furniture in commercial places. You walk into a restaurant, and you’ll see well-designed colorful plastic tables and chairs have replaced the traditional wooden ones. Take a closer look at your office cafeteria – do you see a lot of plastic chairs there too? Yes, plastic has evidently taken the commercial sector by a storm, and the reasons are quite obvious.
First of all, plastic furniture comes with its own vibes. With vivid colors, and funky shapes, they help uplift the mood. Why do companies spend so much time and effort in creating a cheerful environment for the employees? So that coming to work doesn’t feel like a chore. A colorful atmosphere helps to keep employees inside the office. Other materials can’t give you the liberty of splashing colors all around the space, keeping the atmosphere light and jovial. Modern schools and colleges are long done with wooden furniture. Some educational institutions even consider plastic chaise because of health factors. There are plastic chair manufacturers who focus on building chairs that are good for the back. For example, Italica’s spine care chairs ergonomically designed to provide complete lower to upper back support.. Therefore, plastic chairs not only help to lighten the environment, but given the right design and quality, it can also be a healthier option.
Let’s face it, the care with which you would handle the furniture at your home is not going to be the same with the ones at a commercial place. Offices, factories, restaurants, schools and colleges are where people go for work, fun or studies – they’re not mindful about leaving a stain or chipping off some wood off the chair or the table they’re using. If it’s a place with a lot of footfall, there will be no way to track who is damaging the furniture in what way. This is one of the main reasons why commercial sectors prefer to with furniture that cannot be easily damaged – something that’s durable, would bear the test of time both indoors and outdoors. What would be a better option than plastic furniture considering durability? It’s not only a cheaper option to begin with but it’s also a cost-effective investment in the long run.
Lots of responsible companies in India have realized that a code of green building is the need of the hour. The growing trend of plastic furniture in commercial places (as long as they’re reused and recycled) is a welcome change from high use of wood. Plastic furniture is artificially made and doesn’t need trees to be cut down for its protection. With constant droughts, frequent floods and scarcity of water, the eco-friendly trend of plastic furniture can only be regarded as a positive change in attitude.