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Upholstery Cleaning Tips To Remember

With a few upholstery cleaning tips, a homeowner can handle most simple stains and soils, but anything more than basic maintenance and a professional will likely be necessary. There are dozens of fabric compositions available on the market, and they can be used in just as many applications. That makes deep, targeted treatment difficult for anyone without extensive training, and mistakes during the treatment process can damage the fabric or leave behind worse staining and soiling than there was to begin with. A homeowner can prolong the life of their upholstery and prevent some of the worst stains with regular care.

What are some important upholstery cleaning tips to keep in mind?

When treating anything, not just fabrics, time is of the essence. As soon as that spilled glass of wine hits the sofa, start blotting it up with a dry cloth. As soon as you notice your rambunctious child drawing on the curtains, spring into action. It takes a short time for substances to soak into the fabric’s fibers and adhere to them. During this brief period, it may be possible to avoid staining altogether if someone responds quickly enough with blotting, mild detergent, and a little bit of water.

That being said, not all stains can be handled the same way. If the stain is oil-based, applying water to the spot can be disastrous, as oils are repelled by water and will spread more. And even when it’s safe to use water, applying warm water to a protein-based stain, like eggs or meat, can set it, so be careful.

When treating furniture, it always important to vacuum the fabric before wetting or scrubbing it. They may not be visible to the naked eye, but if a sofa or chair has gone a long time without maintenance, it is probably covered in grit and small particles of abrasive soil. Applying moisture or rubbing fabrics before removing these soils may damage fibers or push the soil deep into the fabric. In either case, treatment will do more harm than good. This approach is especially important when working with leather, as leather is sensitive to abrasion.

What should a homeowner do when these upholstery cleaning tips aren’t enough?

Despite a homeowner’s best efforts, there will eventually come a time when stains and soil are just too stubborn to remove. The fabric will begin discoloring, feeling rough to the touch, or produce a foul odor. When over the counter detergents aren’t enough, and they often aren’t, it will be time to turn to a professional for help.

Certified treatment technicians have access to much more powerful detergents and equipment, each designed to work with a variety of fabrics and soiling conditions. So, whether you need a set of silk curtains treated, or a rugged wool couch, a professional has the tools necessary for the job. And because they are professionally trained, they know how to approach nearly any soiling situation or stain. With this expertise, a homeowner won’t have to worry about damaging their prized furniture during a botched treatment job and will get many more years out of the fabrics.

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