As appealing as it may be to use white pieces in your home, they can be tricky to maintain and keep in pristine condition, especially if you want to get rid of stains and dirt. But here, we round up some easy, simple hacks to keep your white household items looking exquisite at all times. Now you don’t have to be scared of filling your home with gorgeous white pieces!
Wash them weekly and separately.
Washing your bed covers along with household items of different textures can ruin the material your beddings are made of. Separating them from your other items will need you to spend more time in the laundry, but at least you get to maintain the quality of your sheets! Also, don't forget to wash your sheets at least once a week—again, this can be a pain, but the payoff will be so worth it.
Use cold water.
When washing your beddings, remember to use cold water. Hot water can break down the fibers in your sheets, and this can impact their durability and lifetime negatively.
Nix the bleach.
Bleach is known to be a great tool for doing laundry, as it helps remove stains and helps whiten clothes. But when it comes to washing your beddings, using bleach may not be such a good idea, because it can cause yellowing as well. Instead, if there are any spills or stains on your sheets, simply spot clean them before chucking into the laundry. An alternative aid to help retain that pristine white color is baking soda.
Take off your makeup.
No matter how tired you may be when you get home at night, make sure to wash off your makeup before going to bed. No one wants to see mascara stains and bright-colored stains on white bedding. (Plus, you get to rid your skin of all the dirt it may have collected throughout the day.)
WHITE UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE
Keep them away from spills and stains.
No need to say a lot—the most basic way to keep your white upholstered furniture clean is by making sure to keep them free from any spills or stains. There's nothing like a splotch of spaghetti sauce or of fruit juice to ruin a perfectly good white sofa.
Get ready to spot-clean.
Of course, spills and stains are inevitable occurrences, especially for those of us who have children or pets. Familiarize yourself with simple ways to remove different kinds of stains so that when the unavoidable happens, you can respond to the situation accordingly, and restore the beauty of your upholstered white piece. Make sure to do the spot cleaning procedure right away to get rid of any signs of the stain!
With the help of a quality vacuum cleaner, you can get rid of any debris that may have gotten wedged into the surface of your upholstered pieces, including dirt, dust, and even human or pet hairs. Plus, getting rid of all that will instantly brighten up the color of your upholstered pieces!
WHITE WOOD FURNITURE
Keep your pieces out of the sun.
If you have any wooden furniture that are colored white, the ideal place to keep them, if you want to keep them looking good as new, is in areas that do not receive a lot of sun. Otherwise, these pieces will turn yellow over time.
Follow a monthly cleaning routine.
Another way to maintain your white wooden furniture is by cleaning them monthly. No need to buy any fancy cleaning products; just mix a cup of white wine vinegar and two cups of warm water, then dip a soft towel into the solution and use it to clean those pieces. As much as possible, wipe the towel along the wood grain.
Brush away stains gently.
Should you get any stains on your white wooden pieces, use a soft-bristled brush to get rid of them. Again, don't forget to scrub along the wood grain.
Source: The Everygirl
*This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.