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What Is The Process Of Cleaning Couches For Professionals

Although cleaning couches is not a difficult process, it is often beyond the capabilities of over the counter equipment and detergents. Part of the reason for that is because homeowners often wait many years before getting their furniture treated, and by then, the upholstery may be in rather rough shape. Fortunately, a professional certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) will be able to thoroughly treat the furniture without damaging the upholstery and avoid immediate resoiling.

What exactly do professionals do when cleaning couches?

Treating upholstery is similar to treating flooring, but uses different equipment, attachments and cleansing agents to achieve the desired outcome. And while every firm has their preferred way of completing the process, they all follow a few basic steps, which include:

•    Vacuuming the furniture – Upholstery acts like a giant air filter, in that it picks up dust, dander, and other microscopic particles and traps them. Over time, these particles will become entangled in the fabric, discoloring it and damaging it as it is ground in further. Dry vacuuming is the first step to getting rid of it, using powerful suction to remove any soils that are clinging loosely to the upholstery.

•    Preconditioning the upholstery – Vacuuming won’t be enough to get rid of the matted-in soils, and water won’t be sufficient either. Instead, professionals will employ a formulated conditioner that emulsifies the soil and separates it from the fabric’s fibers. This conditioner is gentle enough for use on most fabrics, though some materials will be too delicate. It is also safe enough to use around various types of flooring, avoiding damage to the carpet or hardwood.

•    Agitating the fabric – Once the conditioner is applied, it needs to be pushed into the upholstery to reach its target. Professionals will accomplish this with the use of gentle agitation, either with a hand brush or a tool that uses a brush attachment and slow movements. Gentle agitation also helps to shake matted-in soils loose, and will make it easy to pick up with a rinsing device.

•    Rinse the fabric – The soil has been suspended by now and only needs to be washed away with a rinse. However, professionals don’t want to apply copious amounts of water, as this can over-wet the furniture and lead to mold growth or odors. Instead, professionals will use a rinsing wand that runs a jet of water over the fabric’s surface. It doesn’t use too much water and is powerful enough to rinse away suspended soil.

•    Apply a protective coating – After the furniture has dried, which normally takes a couple hours,  most professionals like to apply a special  coating to the fabric that will help it resist future soiling. This substance is perfectly safe to use and will not harm the furniture or people in any way.

These are the basic steps to cleaning couches and other furniture, and though they may seem straightforward, a homeowner will still want a certified professional handling the job. These professionals will have the best equipment and practices on their side, which means superior service.

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