Tips on cleaning upholstery

Cleaning upholstery the easy way2Cleaning upholstery the easy way

Does your soiled sofa make you think twice before you invite friends home for dinner? Sure, dirty furnishings can make your house look unappealing but there are ways to transform your upholstery, making it look as good as new. To maintain the look and feel of your carpet it is important to avail the services of professional cleaners to make your furnishings look spotless.

It is important to keep your furniture clean so as to prevent any pollutants, allergens  or bacteria from making an abode there. Here is our guide to how you can clean your furniture fabric by following a few easy to do steps.

  • Wash the fabric

If your furniture cover is removable then simply check the care label and give them a good rinse in the washing machine. For delicate materials you can even consider hand washing. If you are hand washing the fabric, then keep them drenched in a bucket of soapy water for about 30 minutes before you rinse it clean. Make sure that you use only good quality detergents so that the quality of the fabric is retained.

  • Spot clean

It is best to clean the upholstery instantly when it is stained than wait for hour or days. If you have just spilled some coffee on the sofa, the immediately use some water and detergent to wipe it clean. Sprinkle some water and detergent on the stained part, you can even use hand wash liquid for light fabrics. When using detergent always remember to dilute it sufficiently. Do not soak your fabric with water; use a very small amount of water. Use a dry and clean cloth, preferably a microfiber cloth to drench the extra water.  Allow your furniture to dry naturally.

  • Drying the fabric

It is best to allow the fabric to dry naturally. However if you are in a hurry then it is best to use a hair dryer to quickly dry the sofa. Open up the windows to allow the wind and breeze to dry the material. Avoid hanging the fabric directly under the sun rays as it may change the colour of the material.

  • Wipe clean

For a quick solution you can also use baby wipes or any other similar wet wipes. They take off the stains instantly without soaking the fabric. Be careful not to scrub too much or you will loosen the threads of the fabric.

  • Vacuum regularly

Most hovers have small attachments that can be used to vacuum your sofa fabric. Regular sofa cleaning can help increase the life of the fabric and overall condition of the material. Using a hover will help prevent dust from collecting on your sofa and also get rid of any bacteria or other allergens. Ensure that you use the right attachment while vacuuming; a soft brush attachment would be perfect.

If you don’t wish to take the hassle of cleaning the upholstery yourself, then you can use the service of cleaning contractors. It is recommended that you professionally clean your upholstery at least twice a year. These sofa cleaners use professional equipment and cleaning materials to reinstate your furniture to its original condition. So, whether you decide to clean up the fabric yourself or get it done by cleaners, either ways getting it cleaned regularly will help to prolong the life of the fabric and  save you the cost of buying a new one.

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Cleaning upholstery the easy way