Cleaning Upholstery is a Simple Task!
We consumers invest more money on sofas, carpets, and curtains than at any other time period. Therefore, house proud residents and home owners really should take a little time to educate themselves on how to care, treat, and maintain these fabrics in the event that some staining food, beverage, or substance find it's way into the fibers. Thanks to modern cleaning products, the days when we needed a specialist upholstery cleaner to care for our precious fabrics are long gone, or certainly in the case of minor mishaps.
Because of the nature of fabrics, it never really used to be safe to tackle upholstery cleaning at home unless we really knew what were doing. Too many times those that tried ended up discoloring or shrinking their materials. But in today's world of sophisticated upholstery cleaning products, the job has become a whole lot easier for us to do it without the gambling too much on the results. We fork out a lot of money on our furniture these days, so it's essential that we are familiar with cleaning upholstery the right way.
Knowing how to care for your fabrics not only keeps them looking great for a long time, but done correctly it can also increase the life of your furniture. It all starts with the weekly housework chores and this should include a little light brushing and vacuuming so as to get rid of dirt particles before they become embedded into the fibers. Dust and dirt which is allowed to sit on upholstery for too long will cause the fabric to abrade over time.
Another great tip, and one which is often overlooked, is to flip and reverse loose cushions when you go about your domestic chores. If you do this on a weekly basis, then there will be an even distribution of wear and tear thus resulting in your furniture looking good for longer and also increasing the life span of the piece you are flipping.
Cleaning Upholstery from those Stains and Spots
Whenever you have a little mishap on your fabrics, whether it's tobacco ash, a spilt drink, or a piece of food, then avoid rubbing it away with the hands even it the accident is small. Also, clean these accidents up quickly and don't put them off until you've finished your cup of tea, or worse still, leave them until the next house cleaning day. People often don't realise it, but over time we often have spills and drop food on the same areas, and if we fail to address these accidents as they happen, then you will eventually see this area of upholstery wearing down and discoloring before the rest.
Cleaning Upholstery with an Upholstery Cleaner. Careful now!
There are many great improvements and developments with today's upholstery cleaners and there are even specific cleaners for specific types of stains. If you have a stubborn stain or grubby mark, make a note of the type of fabric and the source of the stain and then seek advice from a store professional who will be able to recommend an effective cleaner for the job. It's essential that you match cleaner with fabric or you could end up making the problem worse than it is, but even when you think you have the right cleaner, wariness should still be practiced.
Whether you're simply washing upholstery or using a specific cleaner to remove stains and marks from it, caution should be practiced at all times. Upholstery cleaners will have instructions included. Heed them and proceed with care. The best practice is to test the stability of the dye for the fabric being treated. It's advisable to test this on a hidden area of the upholstery. This simple test is to see if any of your upholstery's dye transfers to the cloth you have dampened with the cleaner. If you see that the dye has transferred onto the towel then that particular cleaner must not be used on the material, and you will need to try an alternative.
So there we have it folks. A little knowledge goes a long, long, way and the more you know about how to care for your upholstery, the more prepared you will be in the event of a mishap. This means you will see your fabrics looking better for longer, and that can only be a good thing.