Spring Cleaning: How to Prepare Your Home for Spring
When you own a luxury home or have a large number of designer furniture, spring cleaning can seem daunting. However, with the right advice, you can deep clean even the most expensive furnishings you own with the type of spring cleaning rituals common in luxury homes. To get a better understanding of how caring for expensive furnishing differs, keep reading.
Dusting expensive artwork
An inexperienced housekeeper can end up causing damage to expensive artwork because they do not realize it needs to be cleaned by a professional. This is especially true for portraits and other oil paintings that are not covered in glass. While using a feather duster is safe for most surfaces, it can cause more dust buildup on oil paintings, and a museum is a better candidate for spring cleaning a portrait. Another type of artwork that often gets abused by a well-intending housekeeper is sculptures. For example, marble is especially sensitive to cleaning chemicals, and the chemical reaction can permanently disfigure the piece.
Deep cleaning antique upholstery
Another mishap that is common in luxury homes is a hired steam cleaning service that does not realize your upholstery is antique. The only person that is capable of meticulously cleaning antique upholstery is a professional in luxury furniture. Otherwise, steam and other types of deep cleaning can cause antique furniture to decompose or cause molding. In the event that this emergency occurs and the upholstery is wet, storing it in the coldest room of the house will prevent molding while it is waiting for a professional.
Cleaning heirloom wood furniture with a professional touch
Over time, even the best furniture polishing techniques can leave behind buildup. In addition, there may be an unidentified soiled area that you do not know how to spring clean. When you have a piece of furniture with significant sentimental or luxury value such as antique designer furniture, you will need to avoid deep cleaning or re-waxing the item yourself. In many cases, antique wood furniture owners make the mistake of placing something hot on the surface, and think the ghostly white “stain” is something that needs to be sanded. In this situation, a professional antique furniture cleaner can restore the surface and get rid of the milky scald stain without major renovation of the item.
Knowing how not to polish travertine floors versus marble
When it comes to spring cleaning the floors, hiring a professional cleaning service does not mean they have experience with luxury flooring. For example, some floor polishing equipment is perfect for marble floors but will destroy travertine floors. An inexperienced floor polisher might also make the mistake of not having more than one grade of floor polishing pads for their equipment. In the end, if your floors are unique or expensive, consider hiring a floor cleaner that is recommended by an Austin luxury interior design specialist.
Get help with spring cleaning from John-William Interiors
Now that you have a better understanding of some of the key ways spring cleaning can differ with luxury homes, the next step is to hire pros that can help. To get a list of recommendations about luxury cleaners, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you, and we thank you in advance for choosing us as your Austin interior design specialists.