The lid method is a simple and effective way to clean sofas and mattresses without using a lot of time or effort. The basic principle of the method is to use the lid of a large container, such as a trash can or storage container, as a barrier between the cleaning solution and the sofa or mattress. This allows you to clean the surface without having to move the heavy piece of furniture.
Here’s how to use the lid method to clean a sofa or mattress:
- Gather your supplies: You will need a large container with a lid (such as a trash can or storage container), a mild detergent, warm water, and a cleaning brush or sponge.
- Mix the cleaning solution: In a large container, mix a small amount of mild detergent with warm water. Stir the solution until it is well mixed.
- Place the lid on the floor: Place the lid of the container on the floor, next to the sofa or mattress. Make sure the lid is positioned so that it is sitting on the floor and not leaning against the sofa or mattress.
- Apply the cleaning solution: Using a cleaning brush or sponge, apply the cleaning solution to the surface of the sofa or mattress, starting at one end and working your way to the other. Pay extra attention to any stains or dirty areas.
- Use the lid as a barrier: Once the surface is clean, use the lid to wipe down the sofa or mattress. Place the lid against the surface and press down firmly. This will remove any excess cleaning solution and dirt, without having to move the heavy furniture.
- Let it dry: Leave the sofa or mattress to air dry. Once it’s dry it’s ready to use again.
When using the lid method to clean sofas and mattresses, you can use a variety of homemade cleaning solutions made from natural ingredients. Here are a few examples:
- Baking soda and water: Mix baking soda and water together to create a thick paste. Apply the paste to any stains or dirty areas on the sofa or mattress, then use the lid to wipe down the surface. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and can be effective at removing stains.
- White vinegar and water: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water to create a cleaning solution. Use a spray bottle to apply the solution to the sofa or mattress, then use the lid to wipe down the surface. White vinegar is a natural odor neutralizer and can be effective at removing stains.
- Lemon juice and water: Mix equal parts lemon juice and water to create a cleaning solution. Use a spray bottle to apply the solution to the sofa or mattress, then use the lid to wipe down the surface. Lemon juice is acidic and can be effective at removing stains and brightening the surface.
- Essential oils: You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to any of the above cleaning solutions. Essential oils such as lavender, lemon, and peppermint can provide a pleasant scent and have natural cleaning properties.
The lid method is a great way to clean large, heavy items like sofas and mattresses without having to move them. It’s also helpful if you’re cleaning in a small space, as it allows you to contain the cleaning solution and dirt. This method can save a lot of time, effort and also helps you to maintain the shape and size of your furniture.
It’s important to note that some materials may not withstand certain methods, always check the care label on your furniture before trying any cleaning method. Remember to test these homemade cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area first, to ensure that it does not cause any discoloration or damage.