For most people the cleaning of upholstery is a mystery. They don’t know anything about upholstery, what cleaning products to use, or when to use them.
For starters, people don’t realise that not only does upholstery cleaning keep our furniture looking new and beautiful, it also helps keep the air in our homes clean. Dust, dirt, and bacteria easily accumulate and become trapped in upholstery on couches, chairs, and other furniture pieces, and these bacteria can create allergy and breathing problems for many people. Regular cleaning of your upholstery keeps the household air clean and fresh, thus reducing the risk of breathing issues.
How Often Should Upholstery Be Cleaned?
Many people never clean their upholstery, but at the very minimum your upholstery should be cleaned every two years – even once a year if you prefer your upholstery to look clean, well-cared for, and beautiful. With regular cleaning your upholstered furniture can look fabulous all year round.
Of course no matter how careful you are with your upholstered furniture, accidents can and do happen. When you have a spill, time is of the essence: blot it immediately. This is perhaps the most crucial aspect of keeping upholstery clean.
Vacuum Your Upholstery
Before attempting any cleaning at all ensure you vacuum the upholstery. When it’s begun to look grimy, has spots and/or stains, vacuum really well to remove all dust and dirt which, when wet, will make it look even dirtier during cleaning. Get into all the crevices and cracks using an upholstery attachment on your cleaner, and ensure the cushions are thoroughly cleaned. You should also try to remove all pet hair, which can be difficult at times. If the vacuuming doesn’t work well, try a pet hair remover.
What Products To Use?
Because there are many fabrics used in upholstery, cleaning can sometimes be a mystery. There’s cotton, silk, wool, rayon, linen, acrylic, olefin, and these are just some of the fabrics used. Plus some of these fabrics are blended to create new and unique fabrics. Then there are all the different dye colours; different ways the dyes are used, plus the age of the upholstery – all these must be taken into account when cleaning your upholstery. Always check the tags on your furniture to see how cleaning is recommended by the manufacturer: if the tag has been removed then you should call in professional upholstery cleaners to handle this job for you.
Call The Professionals!
Either way, it’s always the best option to call the professionals for this type of cleaning. Your upholstery could be extremely old, valuable, or antique; so you don’t want any mistakes made when cleaning. Your professional upholstery cleaner will know exactly how to clean your valuable furnishings and what cleaning products to use. And you’ll find this kind of cleaning very cost-effective. Don’t take any chances – call the professionals, and let them take care of the dirty work.