There’s nothing worse than ruining your favorite shirt, pants, scarf or even worse, your drapes or curtains. But if you know these cleaning rules, you won’t ruin anything. Moreover, you will keep them as new.
Silk for example is a delicate fabric that needs to be handled with care and which can easily be ruined. The rule you need to follow is simple: hand wash it and use cold water. Use a gentle detergent in a small amount or you can even use baby cleaning products. That’s how much care silk needs.
To rinse, also use cold water and do not squeeze and twist too hard. Fold it as small as you can and gently squeeze the water by holding it between your palms. Or you can roll it in a towel. That way the towel gets most of the “shock” and it also absorbs the water.
The right way to wash cashmere, which is another delicate fabric is like this: fill a basin with warm to cold water and use a small amount of low-alkaline detergent (the more alkaline the detergent is, the harsher it is on fabrics). Swirl your hand in the basin so that the detergent disperses in the water and move around the cashmere clothing item. Get it out, rinse with cold water and use the tricks above to squeeze the water out before leaving it to dry.
To clean leather you can use diluted distilled white vinegar. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to make it smell nice.
To wash your blinds, soak them in warm water with detergent and use a sponge to wash the stripes individually. Rinse, wipe dry and put them back on.
To clean a microfiber couch, mix a teaspoon or two of baking soda, depending on how large the stained area is, with a small amount of water to make a paste. Rub the stained area with the paste until the stain is gone. Wipe the area with a clean wet cloth to rinse and leave to dry. Vacuum after the couch dries to get rid of any baking soda residues that may exist.