Furniture can be an expensive investment, that is why it is so important to find a professional who can take care of all that is involved in caring for upholstery. Regular care of your upholstery will result in many benefits. In addition to professional cleaning, there are many things you can do in order to keep your furniture in the best condition possible.
Why Do I Need An Upholstery Cleaning?
Most things in our home need regular cleaning and maintenance. Why should upholstery, be any different? Here are a few of the benefits that come from having your upholstery professionally cleaned:
- Improved Air Quality
- Better for your Health
- Reduces Odors
- Longer Life of Furniture
- Improved Appearance
- Extended Durability
How is Upholstery Cleaning Done?
Most professional companies use the hot water extraction method to carefully clean your upholstery, helping it look like new and last longer. Most professionals do recommend after each cleaning, applying a stain guard (to help protect against any future spills or stains) and a deodorizer (to keep your furniture and home smelling great, especially if you have pets).
What Can I Do to Keep My Upholstery Cleaner Longer?
Use Arm Rest & Slip Covers
Covers can help to protect the susceptible parts of your furniture without having to sit on plastic. They absorb the brunt of the everyday wear and tear, oils, spill, and dirt. By keeping these items in place, it will go a long way toward preserving your furniture.
Perform Regular Light Cleaning
Give your furniture a light cleaning on a regular basis. Dirt and oils will erode the fabric if left alone, so make it a part of your weekly routine. You won’t need much in the way of tools, a dust buster and a moistened rag are good enough for most fabrics.
Deep Cleaning by a Professional
Making sure you get your upholstery professionally cleaned is a vital step in keeping your furniture cleaner, longer. There are a few factors to consider when determining how often your upholstery should be cleaned. For example, some of the upholstery in your home may hardly get used, while other pieces may have regular wear and tear from children or pets. Professional upholstery cleaning typically should be done at least once or twice every two years; unless you notice a musty smell or the upholstery gets frequent abuse by children and pets or if the manufacturer recommends more frequent cleanings.
Upholstery Dos and Don’ts
Do Act Quickly
When you act quickly to remove a stain, it will have a smaller chance of being absorbed in fibers or seeping through to the padding underneath. Since stains are more difficult to remove if they are allowed to dry and set in the fibers, the quicker the reaction time, the greater the chance of removing the stain.
Don’t Rub Stains In
It may be your first inclination, but rubbing in a stain will only make matters worse. Instead, use a dabbing or blotting motion.
Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals
Harsh chemicals and cleaning solutions can ruin the upholstery. Simple, mild detergents mixed with water will often remove a stain, especially when used immediately.
Do Wash Sofa Covers Regularly
In order to keep your furniture and home smelling fresh, it is a good idea to regularly clean any covers you have. It is best to wash on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent and line dry after.
If you’re unsure of how to handle an upholstery job, call Complete Detail today, and our professional technicians will take care of it for you!
How Much Does It Cost to Clean Upholstery?
The price of a cleaning depends on the item. For example, you will typically pay anywhere from $30 to $50 for something smaller like an armchair or recliner. However, something like a love seat will be in the $50 to $60 range. A regular sized sofa is usually about $70 to $80, and a larger sectional will be somewhere in between $100 and $150. In the end, you’ll be happy you had it done!