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Reasons To Hire Someone For Professional Couch Cleaning

Living room furniture gets a lot of use, especially in homes with kids or pets, making regular professional couch cleaning a must. How often a piece of furniture needs treatment depends on the frequency of use and who is using it. Children and pets tend to be messy, creating food stains, tracking mud, and sometimes spreading dander. Do-it-yourselfers can often handle small, easy to remove stains and light soiling, but certified technicians will be necessary for anything more.

What are the benefits of hiring a professional couch cleaning service?

Furniture is an expensive investment and keeping it in excellent condition will ensure a homeowner gets the most out of every piece. Ambitious do-it-yourselfers may be inclined to save money by treating their furniture on their own, but this can cause more harm than good. Instead, technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) should be chosen for the task. There are several reasons why an IICRC-certified technician is the best choice for this process, including:

Certified technicians know how to handle any fabric:

Experienced companies will have worked with most, if not all, materials used in sofas and other furniture. This experience is essential for determining the best treatment chemicals and methods for each fabric type. This is particularly helpful when treating furniture made from delicate or rare materials. Delicate fabrics, like silk, can easily be damaged by the wrong treatment method, so expert assistance is highly recommended when treating fragile materials.

IICRC certified technicians only work with safe  cleaning solutions:

Over the counter treatment chemicals often contain toxic components. Using these products will put any children or pets in the home at great risk. Children playing on or around the furniture may inhale or ingest the chemical residue, while pets can ingest the chemical while grooming or sleeping on the furniture. During training, the IICRC demonstrates safe techniques and cleaning solutions to students, and certified firms are expected to uphold these standards.

Experienced technicians use quick drying processes that are safer and more convenient:

During treatment, excess water usage is one of the biggest mistakes a person can make. If too much water is present, it will soak the fabric and padding, prolonging drying time. Certified technicians employ a quick drying treatment process that typically leaves the furniture dry within hours. Not only is this more convenient, it also prevents the growth of mold or mildew. Soaked fabrics and padding create the ideal environment for mold and mildew growth, and these can result in serious health problems for anyone spending time on the sofa.  Quick drying also minimizes the possibility of the fabric shrinking and bleeding, common problems when untrained individuals clean couches.

For decades, the IICRC has helped professional couch cleaning services get the training they need to improve their processes. The IICRC’s Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT) course is the standard class for these technicians and offers a comprehensive overview of furniture treatment. During the UFT course, students will learn how to identify fabrics, understand how they are made, how to approach treatment properly, and how to identify potential problems with the furniture.

By the time a student completes the UFT, they will have extensive knowledge of every part of the treatment process, from the initial inspection to drying the furniture.

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