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Knowing How To Clean A Couch Properly

When deciding how to clean a couch, will the material of the furniture matter?

Most sofas are made of microfiber textiles or leather, and both require vastly different forms of treatment. Microfiber sofas tend to gather more soil, and this soil can work its way deep into the fabric.  Leather furniture doesn't soil as easily, but it can become sticky, rough, or discolored if it is not regularly treated.

What are the basic steps needed to know how to clean a couch?

When dealing with microfiber sofas, the basic course of treatment is to locate the soiled areas and remove the dry soil and debris first. The soil that is beneath the surface of the fibers has to be suspended in some form of solution and then removed using an agitator and steam applicator or another special vacuum. Because microfiber sofas are usually made from polyester, they should not be exposed to large quantities of water for long, as this can leave a permanent mark.

Dry soil and debris should also be removed from leather sofas as well before beginning treatment. Because leather is good at preventing soil penetration, only surface treatment is usually required. This is done with a combination of gentle detergents and is followed up with oil specifically made for restoring leather. Keeping leather moisturized and healthy is the key for a long lasting piece of furniture.

When a piece of furniture needs treatment, should a professional handle the job?

Treating a sofa is a physically demanding job that can do more harm than good if not done correctly. Do-it-yourselfers can cause damage by using too much water, using the wrong chemicals or detergents, or failing to remove all loose soil and debris. It can also be nearly impossible to remove stains or deep soil without a high powered vacuum and formulated stain fighting solutions that the professionals use. It is particularly important to have a professional treat leather furniture as the smallest mistake will often result in a permanent scratch or sticky spot on the sofa.

Certified professionals are trained to remove dry and penetrated soil after it has been suspended. With powerful HEPA certified vacuums, safe suspension solutions, and well-designed wet applicators and agitators, a professional will have no trouble extracting as much soil as possible.

Just as important as the treatment process, though, is how the furniture dries. Do-it-yourselfers often leave too much water behind after treating the sofa, and this can cause the furniture to soil faster in the future or facilitate mold growth. A professional knows exactly how to treat the sofa without causing drying issues, making this a much safer option for a family.

Where do experts learn how to clean a couch properly?

The most knowledgeable professionals in the industry are trained by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC has certified more than 50,000 technicians in various industries, including thousands of upholstery and leather treatment technicians. IICRC-certified technicians use the latest technology and methods, ensuring the best outcome possible.

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