Upholstery & Furniture Cleaning
- Recliners, Sofas
- Fine furnishings
- Haitian Cotton
- Leather and suede
- Fabric Dividers
- Office Cubicles
What’s Sitting On Your Sofa Besides You and Your Family?
Whether snuggled up, catching a Saturday afternoon nap, or rocking your baby to sleep in your favorite piece of furniture, there is something sitting on your furniture besides you!
Common indoor air pollutants and allergens include: dust and dust mites, tobacco smoke, mold and fungal spores, off-gassing from furniture including carpet and building materials, household cleaner vapors, pollen, pet hair and pet dander. Regular weekly vacuuming of your furniture for general cleaning and to remove surface soil will help prevent dirt from getting embedded into the fibers.
Follow up with a yearly professional cleaning and have protection applied to add longevity to your furniture. With kids and pets, you will want to clean and protect more our suggestion is twice a year.
After soils have been loosened, we will start the soil extraction process. In most of our clients’ homes, we use a wet vacuuming method. We use a state of the art rinsing wand and guarantee the most thorough removal of soils and spotting agents from the face fibers.
If the fabric is a pile type, it must be groomed or set to enhance the appearance.
The amount of time required for upholstery to dry varies due to the amount of moisture used in cleaning, the type of fiber and fabric, and outside weather conditions. When a low amount of moisture is used, normal drying time usually takes 2-6 hours.
After we leave, you will want to make sure everything is dry before you put the cushions back on.
Upholstered fabrics have unique characteristics and each cleaning project should be carefully evaluated to determine the proper use of this standard and how it applies.
Cleaning means removing contaminants, pollutants and undesired substances from an environment or surface. Proper cleaning and maintenance will reduce damage and wear.
Prior to cleaning applications, we will inspect the fibers of the fabrics for the following characteristics:
• Weakness due to age, environmental exposure or use.
• Material that are not colorfast or pre-shrunken.
• Marking on the back of fabrics or on interior cushioning material, which might bleed through the fabrics surface during cleaning or drying.
One of the most important parts of the cleaning process is dry soil removal. Dry soil includes hair, lint, particle soil, dust and debris. Soil must be thoroughly removed from the fabric for a maximum clean. To achieve the quality necessary, we use our specialized vacuum for dry soil removal.
After dry soil removal, we will then begin what is called soil suspension. This begins with our pre-conditioners and pre-spotting process.
Tips for Preserving Your Upholstery Between Cleanings
• Vacuuming is best way you can prevent premature fabric failure. Once a month is needed for normal use. For never used show pieces, you still need to vacuum at least twice a year. Every week with kids and pets laying on them!
• Vacuum hard to reach areas—don’t run your hand down into the crevices without taking your knee and pressing down the platform. The platform is the hard surface the cushions sit on. This will open up the crevices and enable you to see much better.
• Catch spills early! A clean white hand towel stuffed next to a cushion is a great start. Teach your household to immediately grab the towel to blot – not rub it!
• Have a fabric protector applied after your cleaning.
• Flip cushions regularly.
• Rotate cushions and pillows around for even wear.
When was last time you thought about cleaning the upholstered furniture in your living, dining, and family rooms? I’ve had many of our clients tell me, “We very rarely use the living room, how much dirt can accumulate on that furniture?” What people don’t realize is that fabric, by its very nature, acts like an air filter. Fabrics collect dust, smoke, cooking oils and other indoor particulates. I then ask them, “How often do you dust the surfaces of the furniture in your home?” The same amount of dust and dirt that accumulates on the surface of your coffee table for instance is collecting on your upholstered chairs, sofas, and love-seats! Often this type of soil is evenly distributed and collects gradually so its effects go unnoticed. Now imagine all of this dirt ground into the fabric by sitting and lying on the furniture… now add a little body oil, perspiration, a little food residue, and soda to the mix…Not too appealing is it?…
Repeatedly, our clients tell us they schedule the upholstery cleaning before holiday guests arrive. But they can’t remember, did they have the furniture cleaned last Christmas… or was it the Christmas before???
Think about this, you wouldn’t wear a shirt day after day simply because it didn’t look dirty. For the same reason your upholstered furniture requires routine cleaning. Furniture that is routinely used should be cleaned every 12 to 18 months. But, in the meantime in every household accidents occur, which may require the skills of a professional…
The best advice we can give is when you purchase new upholstered furniture… call us to have the fabric treated with a protector such as Teflon™ or Maximum Advanced. These protectors delay the penetration of the spill from setting into the fabric for about as long as it will take for you to get a clean dry cloth to soak up the spill. You can then clean the area following the manufacturer’s recommendations. For stains that require professional care, call us and we will do our best to assist you over the phone. If more assistance is required we can schedule an appointment to provide what assistance may be needed.