Tips for Cleaning Upholstered Furniture

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  • January 20, 2017
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Cleaning your furniture upholstery might seem like a pretty straightforward idea, but in fact, there are numerous things to watch out for.

First and foremost it’s important to remember that upholstery, just like furnishings, is made up of different fabrics. Different fabrics demand different cleaning and care. Some upholstered furniture does not react well to water, some of these fabrics include leather upholstery which can react by drying up and emitting bad odours. Therefore, although our first instinct may be to pour more water when cleaning and apply more detergents, these concepts can actually work against us when upholstery cleaning.

Proven Furniture Upholstery Cleaning Tips:

  • Cleaning Vinyl Upholstery – the best way to clean after spills and stains on vinyl is to blot out as much of the stain as possible with a dry cloth. Then use the right mild detergent to soak up the stain. Work fast as you do not want your chair or sofa to absorb either the detergent or the water too much.
  • Leather Upholstery Cleaning – Any furniture covered by leather is just an accident waiting to happen. Upholstered leather furniture does not react well to excess water or to most detergent cleaners. The winning notion here is simply working fast, removing as much of the stain or spill as possible.

Avoiding colour distortions:

It’s important to remember that unlike carpets, which can be treated with rougher detergents when carpet cleaning, upholstery and your furniture are much more susceptible to colour loss if treated with a more than mild cleaning detergent. Synthetic fabrics can withstand rougher conditioners and shampoos while anything that’s more organic such as cotton is much more vulnerable.

While not serving as the main cause for upholstered furniture colour loss, excessive water use can also be the cause for some colour distortion. People tend to trust their steam cleaner too much! Be careful when using steam cleaning your upholstery! Hot water can discolour upholstery and furniture.

Remember! Always know what your upholstery and furnishings are made up of before attempting to clean them. Tools used for carpet cleaning are often not suitable for cleaning upholstery and furniture. Read, check and then clean, the rest is just following the instructions.
Source by Debra

If you need help in cleaning your uphostered furniture be sure to give the Carpet Cleaning Vancouver (Zen Carpet Cleaning) crew a call at 604-674-9367 as we are also Upholstery Cleaning Professionals.