Furniture can be upholstered in practically any kind of fabric or fiber. Regardless of the type of upholstery you’ve chosen for your furniture. Whether it’s fabric, plastic or leather, for example. It needs to be handled properly for maximum wear. But you don’t have to accept the fact that your furniture is going to be dirty. Upholstery cleaning can revitalize your home.
A vacuum cleaner is an essential upholstery cleaning tool. Even for smooth surfaces like plastic and leather. At least once a month, you should take special care to clean:
- undersides of cushions
- furniture bases
- bottoms and backs
- of course, between cushions
- deep down into any crevices
But when it comes to deep cleaning your upholstery, vacuuming is far from enough. Vacuuming only removes dirt and dust. It does nothing to battle mites or to remove the natural build up of upholstery pollutants. Such as sloughed skin cells, pet dander, body oils and more. The only way to battle this kind of build up is to hire a professional upholstery cleaning organization. Professional cleaning is actually recommended by many furniture manufacturers as a vital step in preserving your upholstery.
Upholstery cleaning usually follows this basic course of action:
- Upholstery is inspected for problem areas, such as stains, spots, discoloration or wear.
- Spots and stains are often retreated for maximum removal success.
- Discoloration and other signs of wear may or may not be treatable. Make sure that the results you expect are attainable. By requesting an explanation of how these areas will be dealt.
- Surface dirt and dust are removed from every surface using high suction vacuums. This step may involve brushing the furniture before vacuuming. Removing any removable cushions for full access.
- Brushing is a critical step, especially in rooms where animals roam free. Animal hair is notoriously difficult to remove with mere vacuuming.
- Down filled upholstery should not be vacuumed at all, it should only be brushed.
- Deep cleaning is often conducted using a method similar to that used for deep cleaning carpets. Water extraction (also called steam cleaning). In this method, hot or cold steam is applied to the fabric to loosen embedded dirt. Simultaneously removed (along with any moisture) by extraction vacuums. An alternative method uses carbonation or encapsulated cleaning chemicals to lift out dirt.