Professionals recommend you clean your upholstery every 1-3 months depending on how dirty it is. Think of all the different ways a sofa can get dirty — there are a lot of ways. Your pets have one category reserved all to themselves. They shed, they have “accidents,” they slobber, and did I say shed?
Pets are the loves of our lives, but they also come with a lot of negative problems. Another way your upholstery can get dirty is by your own body! We humans shed too, but instead of piles of hair, we shed skin and oils and micro bacterial organisms.
Don’t worry about how dirty your upholstery can get. Instead, give us a call! We are here to assist your upholstery with products that deep clean. Not vacuums or commercial “do it yourself” products. We use biodegradable products and hot water extraction that is harmless and safe for everyone in your family.
To make sure the investment is worth it, there are a few things that should be done when it comes to caring for your furniture.
One of the best ways to prevent colors from fading is to keep your furniture out of direct sunlight.
Vacuum your upholstered furniture as much as possible. Remember, dust settles on upholstery just as much as it does on a hard surface such as a floor or a shelf of knickknacks.
Don’t cover your upholstery with dark-colored blankets or sheets. The dyes can rub off onto other fabric when dry or bleed when wet.
For high-use furniture, it’s a good idea to beat the cushions (often) and then vacuum and rotate them. This can help in distributing the wear. Do not remove cushion covers for dry cleaning or machine washing even if they have zippers.
Remember, all upholstery fabrics are different and can’t be cleaned the same way. Before using a store-bought spotter, check the labels on your furniture.
Furniture makers now attach tags with cleaning codes noted. “W” means it is wet-cleanable, “S” means solvent-clean, “W/S” means either wet or solvent clean and finally “X” means dry vacuum only. No type of cleaning agent whatsoever can be used on this type of fabric. Generally, cleaning should be done between 1 and 2 years depending on the furniture’s location, use and exposure to soiling. The American Furniture Manufacturers Association states that if a fabric is exposed to excessive or heavy soiling, it may be permanently stained.
Applying fabric protection can increase the life of your upholstery. However, it does not eliminate the need for proper fabric care. It doesn’t put a plastic cover on it. Loose dirt should still be vacuumed up on a regular basis and spills and stains should be cleaned away as quickly as possible.