Saturday, March 7, 2015

A Modern Way of Spring Cleaning

With all the confusing science and studies that come out declaring what is best or worst for us, I simply revert to the method of steering clear of anything I can’t pronounce.  This applies not just to nutrition but also everything you will find in my stash of my homemade cleaning supplies.  With spring-cleaning about to take place for most of us (my spring cleaning is a year-round kind of thing, but that's just me), here are a few ways to keep your Modern Classics Furniture clean, pristine and chemical-free:

All-Natural Leather Cleaner:
Harsh chemicals in certain cleaning solvents are the kryptonite to the protective finish we use that ensures an unparalleled durability on our leathers.  I have always been a fan of Lexol Leather Cleaner and Conditioner, though when my supply is running low I go all-natural:

Step 1:
Fill an empty spray bottle with equal parts olive oil and vinegar.  Make sure the spray bottle has been cleaned or you will run the risk of ugly residue from past usage.  I find it helpful to have separate spray bottles for leather, glass, wood and stainless steel to avoid this issue entirely.

Step 2:
Spray and wipe away with a cotton cloth

All-Natural Stainless Steel and Glass Cleaner:
Vinegar and rubbing alcohol have the capabilities to dissolve dirt and oil and also work as disinfectants.  This multipurpose cleaner I can make at home leaves my glass and stainless steel shining and streak-free:

Step 1:
In your cleaned and empty spray bottle, add 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol and top off the rest of the bottle with warm water

Step 2:
Shake the closed bottle to combine all the ingredients before use

Step 3:
Spray, wipe and polish until your glass and stainless steel shines

All-Natural Wood Polish
As great as this formula is for polishing wood without any unnecessary chemicals, it should be made fresh every time since it contains perishable ingredients:

Step 1:
Combine juice from 1/2 a lemon, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and water in your spray bottle

Step 2:
Vigorously shake in the closed container until you see that all ingredients are emulsified

Step 3:
Spray on to cotton or microfiber cloth and begin wiping down your wood furniture

These are just a few all-natural cleaning solutions that I use, though let us know if you have any of your own!  You can either write in or stop by one of our showroom locations in Chicago, Bellingham or Dallas!

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Modern Classics
Painting: 'The Future Enters Us' by Sharon Kingston

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