Keep your Upholstery Clean with These Tips from Precision Carpet & Upholstery Care in Jacksonville, FL
Since upholstered furniture is usually expensive, it should be considered as a valuable investment that adds to a household. Like any other investment in your home, furniture should be taken care of.
Here are some tips to make sure that your upholstery and furniture remains clean and beautiful between professional upholstery cleaning services.
Prevention is always the best maintenance for anything, and that includes upholstery! Keep it safe from any spills or sharp objects. When you’re sitting or lying down on your upholstered furniture, remember to refrain from doing any motion that can stretch the fabric, such as sudden stretching or kicking.
Protect Upholstery From Discoloration
There are certain items or practices that may seem innocent to you, but these can seriously affect your furniture over time. Keep newspapers or powder printed materials away from your furniture, since these can pass its ink to the upholstery which will accumulate and stain over time. Also, keep dark colored blankets and sheets away from upholstery, especially when they are wet. These contain dyes that can also rub off on upholstery and stain over time.
Move your furniture away from direct sunlight and to places where it is not too hot. Direct sunlight and heat can fade your upholstery over time. Of course, we cannot truly prevent fading, but at the very least, we can lengthen the beauty of the upholstery.
It is important to check the furniture tags on your upholstery to make certain the right type of stain removing products are being used. These are the standard tags used by upholstery companies:
- W – use a water based solution or a mild detergent solution.
- S – use solvent only, and be sure to do it in a room with good ventilation.
- SW – you can use either solvent or water based cleaners
- X – vacuum only
When cleaning the fabric, do not rub too vigorously or hard, as this may cause the fabric to pill.
To evenly distribute the wear, it is advisable to turn over loose cushions and throw pillows every few weeks.
Vacuum Furniture Regularly
Vacuum your upholstery regularly to remove dust and other contaminates. It is very important to note that you should only use vacuum cleaners that have special upholstery attachments, since those without upholstery attachments may cause abrasions or other damage. If your vacuum cleaner tends to snag on the fabric of the upholstery, you can put a non-metallic window screen between the vacuum nozzle and the upholstery.
For any slipcovers, they should always be dry cleaned. You should not attempt to machine wash them unless they are specifically labeled as “machine washable”.
Removing Upholstery Stains
In the event of a spill, use a towel or a dry piece of cloth to blot the area immediately. As long as you take care of the spill right away, there is a smaller chance that it will stain.
For grease or caramelized sugar spills, you can use a solution made of fifty percent water and fifty percent white vinegar to spot clean the area.
Removing Odor From Your Furniture
For odor problems, you can sprinkle baking soda on the upholstery and leave it overnight, then vacuum it the next morning.
It is very important to choose the right cleaning products for your upholstery. Wrong formulations and inferior products can do more harm to your upholstery than good, causing irreparable damage over time. Ask our professional upholstery cleaning experts for the right cleaning product for your upholstery type.