How to Keep Your Whites White
White interiors are totally sophisticated, perfect for spring, and utterly timeless. But white can be a real pain and there's no skirting the issue, any mark shows. Luckily, Country Living has compiled a list of popular white household items and the best way to keep them looking their best.
Upholstery: To prevent disaster, Scotchgard your fabrics to form a barrier against stains and spills. For spot treating, the mag recommends cornstarch, salt, or commercial stain removers - after spot treating in a hidden area. When in doubt, professional upholstery cleaners make house calls.
Walls: The key here is to start simple with water alone. If that doesn't do the trick, attempt to remove marks with a mix of mild dish soap and water, and if needed, move onto an all-purpose cleaner such as 409. Cleansers can remove dirt, but may take paint with them, so consider a tool like Magic Eraser if there's a stubborn smudge.
Sheets: Due to the gentle nature of the fibers, the experts would refrain from bleaching sheets and instead recommend an oxygen-based cleanser like OxyClean. Repeatedly drying sheets on high heat is also known to cause yellowing so let those puppies air dry when you can. See the full list of tips at Country Living. Photographs: via MGLM Architects, Justin Coit, Daniel Collopy