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Why is upholstery not treated the same as carpets?
Upholstery fabrics are subjected to the same types of spills, spots and stains as you find in carpets. However, while we tend to lump both upholstered items and carpeting into the same “home furnishings” category, the sensitive nature of many of the fibers used in upholstery fabrics, as well as some of the construction characteristics, make cleaning and spot and stain removal riskier in upholstery than it is in carpet.
Your carpet may have been chosen by the builder or the previous owner, but your furniture likely reflects your personal taste in décor and fashion. It coordinates with other colors in your home. Furniture and fabric manufacturers recommend that consumers not wait until severe soiling occurs before cleaning because the greater the soiling, the less the likelihood of restoring the fabrics original color, appearance and texture; and the greater adverse effect on indoor environmental quality.
Routine maintenance of furnishings by vacuuming and immediate attention to spills, coupled with periodic upholstery cleaning by a by a trained professional every 12 to 24 months can help restore your furniture’s appearance, extend its life, and keep it looking like new.
Upholstery is the fabric that covers the furniture in your home. This could range anywhere from chairs and sofas to footrests and tables. Upholstery cleaning is the process of removing dirt, grime, oils, and stains from furniture fabrics. This process can differ slightly depending on the material, but the result is a cleaner, better-looking piece of furniture.
You do your best to keep your home clean, from your ceilings to your floor. Soft fabrics, such as those used for upholstery, attract and absorb dirt and grime that you can’t see. Cleaning upholstery ensures that it will look its best, making colours brighter and textures as soft as they should be. Additionally, it can help remove spots, stains, and odours you may notice.
Without the proper tools and equipment, upholstery cleaning can be difficult to accomplish on your own. While you might be accustomed to using spot treatments for minor issues, cleaning a piece of furniture from top to bottom can be overwhelming. Professional cleaning ensures that your furniture will receive a deep, comprehensive clean that can make it healthier and appear refreshed. It also eliminates you from running into potential issues, such as using the wrong cleaning method that could ruin your piece of furniture.
Upholstery cleaning includes a deep and thorough cleaning of all areas, cracks, and crevices of the fabric covering your furniture. Specialized equipment is used and can vary based on the type of upholstery.
First, a full inspection is conducted to identify the material and any tears or other damage that cleaning could worsen. Next, the fabric will be thoroughly vacuumed, conditioned, rinsed and vacuumed dried. Steam cleaning may be used on materials like nylon and polyester that can handle soaking conditions while still retaining their structure. Cotton, silk, and wool fabrics are usually solvent or foam cleaned to avoid over saturation. If these fabrics become too wet, they can easily be damaged.
Some fabrics are indeed easier to maintain and keep clean than others. These include polyester, leather, nylon, and acrylic. Each of these fabrics can be easily spot cleaned, and are more resistant to stains and oils compared to other materials. By comparison, natural fabrics like cotton are harder to keep clean because their fibres hold onto dirt and grime.