Cleaning Upholstery For Your Home’s Appeal
Upholstery cleaning (by you may expect) is simply the procedure of cleaning your most delicate fabric, the upholstery. But the task is much more difficult than it may seem on the surface. For one thing, upholstery made from natural fabrics such as cotton is usually quite delicate. This means that even a slight change in temperature can completely ruin the garment. You also have to consider that a good portion of the upholstery fabric is actually comprised of spandex. This is a very delicate material and can easily be damaged by even the slightest of drafts.
The best way to go about any upholstery cleaning involves one simple rule: never start anything on a cold winter morning. If you have planned on doing any kind of laundry in the next few days, make sure you set aside a couple of hours during the day so that your fabrics like upholstery and bedding can be cleaned thoroughly. Otherwise you risk spreading the dirt around the house or simply wearing it down before you’ve had a chance to use it. Warm clothing and bedding can also help in keeping the fibers in these delicate fabrics soft so they’ll last longer.
It’s common for upholstery cleaning to involve some kind of sprayer or cleaning fluid. These can either be water based or oil based. The fact is that most fabric softeners are not particularly effective for upholstery cleaning. The reason for this is because liquid detergents tend to leave residues behind which will eventually be washed right into your home’s water supply. This fact is oftentimes cited as one of the reasons why people with sensitive families might want to consider using a power washer instead.
There’s one more important detail to be aware of: sometimes even when you’re using the best detergent, carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning might not completely remove any allergens. In this case it’s best to call in an expert. Upholstery cleaners don’t usually specialize in allergies; however, allergy testing is something that almost all carpet cleaning companies do nowadays. If your carpet or upholstery cleaning specialist can’t perform an allergy test, then you may want to consider trying a carpet cleaner that does include an allergy test.
As I pointed out at the beginning, sometimes you just need a little help with your DIY upholstery cleaning tasks. For example, if you’re getting ready to steam clean your own furniture, you might need some extra help with getting that steam cleaner to reach those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies that otherwise would have been missed with your normal cleaners. Likewise, if you’re preparing to deep clean your wood or other surfaces, you’ll need to have some additional items on hand. Spills and stains tend to ooze quickly, especially on leather and wood furniture, so you’ll need to keep some ointment handy to stop the mess from spreading. A can of compressed air is also a great item to have on hand; although I’ve never heard of anyone using it to clean furniture, it can be handy for removing dust bunnies and other residue that inevitably accumulate around the bottom of furniture legs and other exposed areas. I’ve also heard that canned compressed air is a great item to have on hand for cleaning delicate fabric covered items; although I’ve never used it to clean anything apart from the tops of garden hose reels.
Upholstery cleaning can be a lot of fun and challenging work. However, it doesn’t have to be. Follow these tips for maintaining your upholstered furniture and fabric covered items. If you’re having problems with any fabric or upholstery cleaning, get in touch with a professional carpet cleaner today. They’ll come back to your house and steam clean your floors and furniture to help it stay looking new for years to come.