Professional Furniture And Upholstery Cleaning
Who doesn’t love lounging around the house on the sofa, or in a favorite comfy chair? Did you know that the furniture in your home collects more dirt, dust, and oils from your skin than your carpet does? Over time the buildup of dirt and grime can weaken the upholstery, decreasing the lifespan of your furniture. Below are several upholstery cleaning tips from Clean Masters Disaster Restoration Services that you can follow to prolong the lifespan of your upholstered furniture.
Just like your carpets, your upholstery acts as a giant air filter, trapping dust, skin cells, allergens, and other particles within its fibers. Vacuuming on a regular basis can help remove some of these harmful particles from your furniture. You can vacuum your furniture with most vacuum attachments, although suction type attachments work best.
This includes underneath the couch or recliner where dust loves to gather. You may be surprised at how much dust, dander, and miscellaneous items find their way under your furniture. Dark spaces underneath your furniture are also ideal for dust mites, and other bugs. Cleaning out these dark spaces will help eliminate any damage caused by these nasty buggers.
Oops! Blot that.
When accidental spills occur, there may be a moment of panic. Take a breath and quickly grab a damp washcloth and blot up the spill. Notice how we said to blot and not rub. Rubbing a spill can cause the liquid to spread and deepen. Blotting, a soft dabbing motion, will soak up the liquid without spreading it to unaffected areas. If your household is full of children or pets you may want to consider investing in a furniture protector such as Scotch guard or stain resistant slipcovers.
Keep it at the Table.
As tempting as it may be, avoid eating or drinking on your upholstered furniture. Stains and accidental spills can mostly be eliminated when there is little to no presence of food or beverages. If you do feel the need to eat or drink on your upholstered furniture it may be wise to invest in a portable dinner table or lap tray.
Turn the Cushions
Extend the life of your upholstered furniture by turning over loose cushions periodically. This method allows the even distribution of wear and tear so your cushions don’t wear down as fast.
As much as we love basking in the sun on our favorite couch, too much sunlight can damage the fabric of your upholstery. Fading, discoloration, and fabric damage are the downsides of our furniture getting too much sunlight. Periodically rearranging your furniture is one way to lessen sunlight damage. Investing in curtains, blinds, and window treatments can also help prevent or lessen fading and discoloration.
Hiring a Professional
Professional upholstery cleaning companies are equipped with hi-tech machines that can clean all kinds of upholstered furniture safely and effectively. Professionals know which cleaning solutions to use on certain types of fabric and how much water is needed to get the best results. DIYers typically oversaturate their furniture with moisture causing mold or mildew growth when the fabric fails to dry within a timely manner.