Keeping your upholstery clean is not only for looks; it also protects the fibers of the materials and extends the life of your furniture. While blotting up any spills and vacuuming regularly will help keep things from getting out of hand too fast, dust, dirt, sweat, and other debris get ground into the material on a daily basis. To help you truly clean your upholstery and protect your furniture, here are three great methods to use.
Steam cleaning requires that you have a machine that can force hot steam through the material and then extract it to start the drying process. If you allow the moisture to remain in the material, you risk having mold or mildew grow. If at all possible, remove the fabric from the furniture to keep the batting from becoming soaked. If you cannot remove it from the furniture, be sure to at least take the covers off any pillow or cushions before using the steamer on the fabric. You can add a cleaning solution to the water that will be turned to steam to help get rid of set-in stains or heavy dirt. If you do add something to the water, be sure to check that it will not change the color by testing it on a small, unseen piece of material first.
This is done with a bucket of hot water, a sponge, towels, and some upholstery shampoo. It is important to have the right type of shampoo for the material you will be cleaning. Lightly spray the upholstery with the shampoo according to the directions on the bottle and sponge it into the fabric. Be careful to not rub too hard or you will damage the fibers. Using a damp towel, blot at the fabric to rinse the shampoo and then do the same thing with a dry towel to help with the drying.
You can purchase a dry-cleaning solution to use on the furniture or have a professional come in and take care of things. Most dry-cleaning solutions you can buy over the counter will not be as effective as what a professional will use. A professional will also have the equipment and experience to deep clean the upholstery without causing any damage. It is easy to rub too hard or be tempted to use some type of brush when hand cleaning a piece of furniture, but this will do more harm than good.
You spent your hard-earned money on your furniture and want it to look good for as long as possible. Do your regular cleaning, but then be sure to do some deep cleaning when you notice the fabric is dingy or stained or just smells bad.
Contact a representative from a company like Supreme Cleaners Inc for further information.