Upholstery Cleaning Tips Everyone Should Know06Oct 2014
No matter who you are, you want to keep your house clean and tidy at all times. However, sometimes, no matter how much you try, stains will appear on your most precious items. Carpets, furniture and upholstery tend to be difficult to handle when it comes to house cleaning and before you do anything, you should definitely acquire as much information as possible on how to do it. Upholstery cleaning is one of the most puzzling experiences for someone who hasn’t done this before (or at least not too many times). Calling in professional cleaning services is obviously the very best choice in many cases (and this will be pointed out further on). However, bear in mind the fact that upholstery cleaning can be done at home, without the help of the professional cleaning company too. Read on and find out what you should do when your upholstery is stained and how to clean it as properly as possible. 1. Upholstery should be vacuumed. Same as with your carpets, your upholstery needs to go through the regular house cleaning as well. Vacuuming the upholstery will not necessarily remove stains, but it can definitely play an important role in keeping your sofas and chairs nice, clean and dust-free, so make sure you don’t forget about them the next time when you do your home cleaning. 2. When the upholstery is stained, the very first thing you should do is blot the stain quickly by using a clean cloth. This will help you avoid the stain to extend itself and to become larger as it “infiltrates” into the upholstery fabric. 3. As for cleaning the spot itself, you should always read the tags on your upholstery. This should be placed somewhere on its side or in a place that is not easily noticeable. 4. Bear in mind that the tags will not explicitly say how you should clean the upholstery. However, there will be some “codes” you have to read before you proceed to doing anything. “W” stands for water based detergent, “S” stands for dry cleaning solvents (or any other water-free detergents” and WS stands for both of them. If you see “X” on your upholstery’s tag, you should call in the professionals because they will know for sure how to do it. 5. Furthermore, calling in the professional cleaners will also be the best choice when it comes to sensitive, antique or vintage upholstery. Paying them with their fee will feel like an extra-cost for you, but the truth is that this is the only way you can make sure your upholstery is properly cleaned without being damaged in any way. 6. If you have removed the tag on your upholstery (which is something many people do), you will not be able to tell exactly what type of detergents you are able to use on it. Therefore, you have two options: either call in cleaning services or do everything at your own risk. If you do go for the latter option, make sure you try out various types of detergents in an inconspicuous spot before you use it in areas where discolorations may be noticeable. 7. The type of stain on your upholstery should also matter when it comes to how you choose to clean it up. For instance, foods and beverages can be removed with a solution made out of 2 cups of water and one tablespoon of liquid dish detergent (as long as the fabric allows it, of course). Furthermore, oily stains are removed by sprinkling baking soda on the spot, leaving it there for about 15 minutes and then vacuuming the upholstery. However, if you are in doubt, do call in the cleaning company because they will know exactly what to do!
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