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  • Amanda Shields


Updated: May 11, 2020

Guest blog by Style In Form

COVID-19 is affecting us all and got us thinking about the steps needed to prevent the spread of the virus. Aside from the standard tips of not touching our faces, washing our hands and avoiding crowds, we started to think about disinfecting furniture.

How to safely and effectively disinfect furniture is great info, not only now, but any time there is someone in the home or office with the flu or cold.

We started by chatting with a few people, and it became clear that not many of us have not thought about or know how to disinfect furniture. Well, it’s time we all know. That’s why we’re sharing our top tips for disinfecting different types of furniture, all so you can make sure those naughty germs and viruses are shown the door.

A little disclaimer

These tips are based on our opinion and some good research. Always test any cleaning products and procedures on a hidden spot, before proceeding. Do your own research to make sure the products you are using are safe in the home and will be good for your furniture, people and pets.


Your Options for Disinfecting Different Types of Furniture in the Home

  1. Suck it up. Start by vacuuming up all the particles, pet hair and crumbs that get stuck in furniture. Take it easy with upholstery brushes and get into all the crevices. Make this part of your regular routine to keep your furniture looking fresh, and help stop the growth of microorganisms.

  2. Spray it down. Disinfectant sprays are great to combat germs and viruses. There are various choices for hard and soft surfaces. Make sure you read the instructions, test on a hidden spot, and if you have it, look up the fabric care instructions. Let dry completely.

  3. Hot and Steamy. Steam, heated to 240 degrees Fahrenheit, destroys germs. To lessen the chance of water damage, use a dry-steam cleaner. If you know your furniture piece can handle water saturation, use a standard steam clean machine with the appropriate soap and attachments. Let dry completely.


Wood Furniture

Start by identifying what type of furniture you have - hard or oil finish and don’t forget the legs and under the table as well.

Hard Finishes:

Furniture with a veneer disinfects easily just by using a disinfectant spray or wipe. For solid surfaces, use a mild detergent solution.

Oil Finish:

Start by grabbing three soft cloths. Dip the first cloth in sudsy water, ring out completely, and wipe down the furniture. Dip the second cloth in plain water, ring out and wipe down again. Use the last cloth to dry up.



Do not use Lysol or other disinfectant sprays

Most household cleaners, disinfectant sprays, antibacterial soaps can damage marble. Never use anything acidic like vinegar and lemon juice and even bleach.

You can use mild soap and water with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth. After cleaning, wipe down with a dry, soft cloth so the surface is dry. If water gets into marble, it can cause it to crack over time.


Today's blog has been brought to you by the experts at Style In Form, a Canadian wholesale furniture company that has been supplying retailers, designers, restaurants and hotels since 2003. All furniture and accessories shown above are from Style In Form and can be purchased by contacting Amanda Shields Interiors directly.

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