It is absolutely imperative that you keep the upholstery in your home as clean as possible. Why? Mainly, over time, your upholstery you can lose its thickness, sturdiness, vibrancy, etc. Regular upholstery cleaning can help prevent all three of those. It helps to prevent a buildup of grime and dirt, assists your upholstery in lasting longer, and keeps your furniture (and, thereby, your home) looking nice.
How often do you suppose your upholstery should be cleaned? Once a month? Once every five years? As needed? Professionals recommend that a minimum of one or two upholstery cleanings be executed every couple of years. Naturally, if your upholstered furniture is abused by pets or children, or if you notice a musty smell or aggravated allergy symptoms when near your upholstered furniture, you will want to have it cleaned more frequently.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you want to do and some of the things you don’t want to do where upholstery cleaning is concerned.
Do the Following
Quickly tend to stains – If something gets spilled or you notice a stain, immediately do spot treating and cleaning. There is virtually no one under the sun that hasn’t had something spilled on their upholstery at some time or another. Things like coffee and wine are acidic furniture damagers and, therefore, are some of the most troublesome and problematic stains that upholstery can encounter. Until a professional cleaner can get there, it’s not a bad idea to use a fabric-safe, over-the-counter product to pretreat stains.
Vacuum often – Before you realize it, dirt, dust, crumbs, and other particles are entrenched heavily into your chair, loveseat, or couch. Don’t wait for that to happen. If you can vacuum daily, all the better. But do vacuum frequently. This will help keep your furniture’s crevices, cushions, arms, etc. crud free. Foul odors and discoloration can result from vacuuming that is not done frequently enough.
Don’t Do the Following
Brush off fading colors as insignificant – Fading colors mean that your furniture is losing its coloring which could be based on airborne chemicals, usage, sunlight, and more. Ordinarily, this is a gradual process but once it’s begun, your upholstery is lackluster and has lost all vibrancy. Some people think that fading is a natural part of owning upholstered furniture. This is not true. With the right professional service, you can keep the colors in your upholstery as vibrant and attractive as they were the day you brought that furniture home.
Use too much water on your upholstery – We suggested above that, should you experience a stain or a spill, you should immediately treat it and call in a professional. That doesn’t mean dousing the upholstery with copious amounts of water, however. Long-term damage can result from something such as this. Now you’ve got a whole new set of problems! That could include mold, fabric buckling, ripples in the fabric, and more. Use too much water on your upholstery and you could end up needing it replaced!
If that spill progressed from your furniture down to your carpeting, the same can be said for not applying excess amounts of water – for the same reasons.
You Can Rely on Precision Carpet Care for Your Upholstery Cleaning
When was the last time you had your upholstery cleaned? Is it faded, lackluster, thinning, or does it have an odor emanating from it? Whether your upholstered furniture is new or used, having a professional give it a thorough cleaning is your best bet. It helps new upholstery look better longer, and refreshes and revitalizes used upholstery, making it look like new again.
Contact us today at Precision Carpet Care to schedule upholstery cleaning, water damage restoration, mold remediation, tile and grout cleaning, and more.