Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Furniture Cleaning
If you want to keep your upholstery beautiful for years to come it is important to have a good maintenance program. Protecting your upholstery with regularly scheduled furniture cleaning will help you keep it looking great for years to come. The thing you have to know about furniture cleaning is that each different type of fabric could need to be cleaned differently. An example is a cotton sofa would not be cleaned the same as a synthetic one.
Most spots and stains on upholstery are due to common household food and beverage spills, dirty hands and oily hair rubbing against the fabric on a daily basis. Since people tend to sit in the same spot in their own house this usually means that there will be certain areas that will worse than others.
Before attempting to clean your furniture yourself there is one important thing you will need to know, the fabric type. You will not be able to look at the tag on the upholstery and have it tell you what type of fabric it is. There might be a tag that tells you the cleaning code which could be a clue as to what type of fabric it is. There will also be a tag that tells you what the filler material is. Do not think that this filler tag is telling you the fiber content of the fabric.  So if you don’t know the fabric content you might consider letting a professional clean it for you.  If you do know the fabric type and it is a synthetic fabric you should be able to clean it with any upholstery cleaner. Just test your cleaner in an inconspicuous place before cleaning the whole thing. If your fabric is cotton, silk, or other natural fiber I would suggest that you not attempt to clean it yourself.
It goes without saying that the simplest spots to remove are the ones that are fresh. A spot remover can be used on synthetic fabric pretty safely. However, most spots can be taken care of with a quart spray bottle filled with water and a wet/dry vacuum. Spray the spots on the fabric with water and extract it off. If you spend a little time with this method you will be able to keep your furniture clean and smelling great. If you need something more than water then spray a little of your spot remover on the fabric and rinse with water. 
In between regular furniture cleaning, the best thing to do to keep it looking great is vacuuming. Vacuuming can remove up to 75% of all the soil that is in the upholstered furniture. This will keep your upholstery cleaner, healthier, and smelling fresher longer.  If you have pets in your home, and tend to get pet hair embedded into your furniture, use a lint roller to remove it. A lint roller or tape roller will help you remove the unwanted pet hair where vacuuming alone will not.
When you do have your upholstery cleaned by a professional make sure to have some fabric protector applied. Fabric protector will help against common household food and beverage spills. This will help you clean up a spill before it soaks in to the fabric. Just remember with most fabric protectors you will need to reapply them every 12 to 18 months depending on how often the item is used.  This will keep your fabric protected the way it is supposed to be to prevent permanent staining.  
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