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Upholstery Cleaning Tips

If your upholstered furniture is fairly clean, with only dust or minor staining to contend with, it is possible to attempt upholstery cleaning yourself. The key, however, is knowing exactly what materials your upholstered pieces are made of. Upholstery options include fabric of all types, leather, and vinyl. Each piece of upholstery is different and should be treated as such.

If your upholstered piece is made of fabric, the first step in your upholstery cleaning process should be to determine exactly what type of fabric it is. If the fabric is not delicate, then proceed with cleaning. Brush or dust the piece to remove any loose or dry soil particles. Then vacuum the furniture thoroughly. This is a great time to turn or rotate the cushions, as doing so regularly assure even wear and tear, thus extending the life of your furniture. Spot clean the furniture as needed, using either a commercial cleaner or any number or a solution of vinegar or ammonia – depending on the stain and the fabric. Always perform a colorfast test in an inconspicuous spot on the upholstered furniture prior to using water or any chemicals for upholstery cleaning.

If your upholstery is vinyl or leather, upholstery cleaning should be approached a bit differently. Vinyl is fairly durable, and thus can be wiped down with a damp cloth to clean regularly. For vinyl that’s exposed regularly to the elements, take care to treat and clean mildew frequently. A mild vinegar or ammonia solution works well, as does any number of commercial cleaning agents. Buff and dry vinyl upholstery after cleaning to remove excess cleaner and moisture. Leather should be cleaned regularly as well, as it tends to absorb body oils and stain easily. Use of mild soap or specialized leather cleaners is advised – and even then, only sparingly. Clean any spills immediately to prevent staining.

While routine self maintenance is important in extending the life of your upholstery it is important to know when to call in the experts. Professionals should be brought in to perform deep cleaning as well as maintenance of particularly valuable pieces. Our upholstery cleaning experts are experienced in cleaning myriad types of upholstered furniture. Call us now to schedule you deep upholstery cleaning appointment.

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