Modern upholstered furnishings are manufactured as natural fibers and synthetic fibers. Many natural upholstered furniture is made from linen, leather, cotton, wool, microfiber, vinyl, cotton blend or silk. Some synthetic upholstered furniture is made from fabrics that consists of acetate, acrylic, nylon, olefin, polyester, or rayon. Each fiber blend category requires specialized cleaning methods, which only an industry professional should provide to keep it in excellent condition.
Upholstery cleaning is a vital part of indoor air quality. Upholstery fibers are like filters that captures microscopic contaminants like dust mites that can cause chronic breathing problems, such as asthma, sinus problems, even allergy headaches. No homeowner or commercial manager would like to have furniture that looks old and worn, simply from dirt and grime. However, with regular upholstery cleaning, it will extend the daily wear of your furniture, without spending lots of money to replace it and it will keep your upholstery from aging faster than necessary.
Upholstery cleaning is all about keeping furniture looking refreshed and more importantly, keeping your family and friend’s health safe. Cleaning your upholstery will rid your indoor environment from mold, dust, mildew, pet hair, stains, and embedded bacteria that is unhealthy and causes bad odors. It is best to use a IICRC (“Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification”) professional to clean your upholstery furnishings.
Technology has advanced in the upholstery cleaning industry, with the safe color and fabric, “green” methods:
- Hot water extraction or steam cleaning – A deep cleaning method for all synthetic based upholstery types.
- Dry cleaning – Dry cleaning is used for fabrics that are sensitive to water based cleaning agents, color fastness and also shrinkage, i.e. silk fabrics and oriental materials.
- Shampooing – Shampooing is used for fabrics that are sensitive to shrinking and browning.
Each cleaning method is followed with a protective fabric coating that helps to repel stains and odors from settling within your upholstered furniture fibers. Professional upholstery cleaning is best performed every 12 months unless your home or office receives a great deal of foot traffic. Dirt within upholstery can build-up in layers, becoming engrained in fiber crevices, making your furniture look dull. Once your upholstered furniture has undergone a thorough cleaning, you will be surprised at how great it looks and smells. You’ll be glad that you took the time to bring it back to its original beauty.
Upholstery furnishings aren’t just chairs that beautifully sit in your living rooms, dining rooms, and meeting rooms in offices. They can also include drapes, pillows, throws, sofas, sectionals, loveseat, and more. Another benefit in using a professional upholstery cleaning expert is because they are trained and understand what it takes to clean different upholstery fabrics, many of which have been dyed with different colors, in varied ways. Professional upholstery cleaning experts follow each manufacturer’s cleaning instructions that are located as tags on your furniture. The furniture industry has created a code for the care of your upholstered furnishings. These industry codes stand for the following:
- S: Clean the upholstery fabric with a water free product, such as a dry cleaning solvent.
- W: Clean the upholstery fabric with a soft water based agent.
- WS: Clean the upholstery fabric with either a water based cleaner or a water free cleanser, depending on the type of stain.
- X: Professionally clean this fabric by brushing it or vacuuming it. Do not use any type of upholstery cleaner on it as a DIY cleaning project. yourself.
Remember, there is no one size cleaning fits all. Upholstery cleaning methods and solutions are purposefully designed to work on varied stains, like food, drinks, protein, oil and grease. When you use professional upholstery cleaners to clean your furniture, they unlike you understand that you should not get any liquids, solvents, or cleaning agents on the other parts of your furniture, like its metal or wooden parts. These parts can easily rust, change colors, corrode and just start to look dry and faded if they come into contact with watery or even powdered cleaning agents.