Let’s face it, keeping a clean house when you have kids isn’t easy! This is especially true if you happen to own white furnishings. Sticky fingers and spills can be a nightmare for white carpets, sofas and rugs. So, how can you ensure your pristine white furnishings stay clean when you have children?
Below, you’ll discover some of the best tips to help you keep those white furnishings clean in a hectic family household.
Invest in slipcovers
Slipcovers are one of the easiest ways to keep white furnishings clean in a busy family household. Sometimes referred to simply as sofa covers, they’re especially great at protecting your furnishing from spills and messes, particularly with the most difficult stains; such as red wine, coffee or chocolate. Plus, sofa covers save you from the need to buckle down and apply the dreaded ‘elbow grease’ – instead, they can easily be thrown in the wash when needed. It’s also a good idea to wash them once a week just to keep them looking brand new. The same applies for any white coloured bedding – wash them at least once a week to keep them white.
Choose wipeable furnishings
Another option is to make sure you’re choosing furnishings that can be wiped. Leather sofas, especially faux leather sofas, are really easy to wipe clean. You could also opt for white blinds instead of curtains as these also allow you to wipe them over, rather than having to wash them. Wipeable furnishings make it so much easier to keep them clean and you can always invest in more luxurious furnishings once your children have grown
Use a portable carpet cleaner
If spills do occur, a portable carpet cleaner can be a great option. Allowing you to not only clean the carpets, but the sofa too, a portable cleaner can help to keep your furnishings looking as good as new for many years. They’re affordable too, especially if you look on online auction sites.
You can also take advantage of spot cleaners, which are great for those accidental spills and stains. Just remember to keep all cleaning products out of reach of your children.
Make use of lint rollers
It does not just spill you need to worry about. Your furnishings can also gather lots of dust, dirt and debris. While hoovering them can help, a hoover doesn’t always eliminate all of the dust and debris, which is where a lint roller comes in useful.
Lint rollers pick up hair, debris and dust, leaving furnishings looking cleaner than ever. They’re pretty cheap too which is an added bonus! If you have pets too, a lint roller will become your new best friend for cleaning up the hairs from your furnishings and clothing.
It can be difficult keeping white coloured furnishings looking clean and new when you have kids. However, the above are just some great tips that can help you to make them look a little brighter and stay newer for longer.