Upholstery Cleaning advice
If somebody has invested a significant amount of money in upholstery, they will want to make it last. By keeping it maintained and cleaning it regularly, it reduces the need to get it reupholstered saving people money in the long run.
Whilst this article is designed to deliver some useful tips, it is also worth nothing there are specialists that can help from Upholstery Cleaning in Los Angeles to Upholstery cleaning London.
Keeps the upholstery looking fresh
Looking after upholstery maintains its function in the long run, which is to give people somewhere comfortable and beautiful to relax in. Even high-quality fabric can show signs of damage if neglected, and no one wants to relax on a worn-out sofa at the end of a long day.
Keeping your upholstery clean will maintain its appearance, keeping colours bright and textures as they should be. Cleaning also eliminates stains and odour; dirt and grime is even more important if you have pets – prolonged exposure to such pollutants may degrade your upholstery.
Safe and clean environment
Air quality can be improved by cleaning upholstery. It helps get rid of problems such as mould, dust, mildew and allergens. Soft furnishings can be a breeding ground for bacteria, pathogens and dirt. They can even build up to the point where they can cause health risks. These organisms can be released into the air every time a person sits on a sofa or chair.
The fabric needs specialist care
There is padding beneath the fabric, which can soak up spilt liquids etc Even if you think it has been removed from the surface, the spillage will likely be embedded deeper in the furniture and could reappear later. This is especially important to note if you have upholstered furniture in yachts.
How to maintain Upholstery
Vacuum – thoroughly vacuum your upholstery regularly, making sure you pay attention to all the nooks and crannies with the vacuum’s crevice attachment. If cleaning leather or vinyl fabric, be sure to use the brush attachment on your vacuum to avoid scratching it.
Dealing with stains
If somebody spills liquid on soft furnishings, you immediately want to use a dry cloth to soak up the liquid using a blotting motion. Ideally, use a damp microfiber towel and a dry towel to blot over the stain. Repeat this process until the stain virtually disappears.
Test cleaning products first
You want to try out the cleaning product first somewhere unnoticeable to check for undesired effects such as the product discolouring the fabric. If the cleaning product appears to cause no damage to your fabric then lightly mist it over the fabric then gently groom the fabric with a soft sponge or brush. Finally, rinse the fabric by lightly spraying it with warm water and then use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up the excess moisture. Be sure to allow the upholstery to completely dry before using it.
More specifically for vinyl
Try sprinkling baking soda on a damp cleaning sponge or cloth and rub it over the surface of the fabric. For leather, slightly dampen a cloth with distilled water and gentle soap, then use a clean cloth to buff the upholstery and restore lustre. Every few months you may want to revive your upholstery by using a mixture of 1-part white vinegar with 2-parts linseed oil. Apply the mixture in a circular motion using a clean white cloth. Leave it for 10 minutes and then buff it with a clean cloth.
Know when to hire a professional cleaner
Cleaning upholstery is a specialist task. If it is done wrong, it can permanently damage items beyond repair. It is always advisable to use a specialist upholstery cleaner such as Crown Cleaners in London. They are specialists and experts in this field and have many fans of their work.
Private and Commercial upholstery should ideally receive a professional deep steam cleaning once or twice a year. This maximises its life span and keeps it looking beautiful.