Upholstery Cleaning - Leave it Up to the Professionals

By: Matt Oliver

Upholstery cleaning adds years to the life of your furniture and can help maintain the beauty and elegance of the fabric. Keeping your furniture in good shape can really add that extra something to your home and protect the items in which you have invested so much money. When it comes to the proper cleaning of furniture textiles it can be a do-it-yourself type of job, but is always best to leave up to the professionals.

Most professional upholstery cleaning companies can clean nearly any style of fabric. A company that you are hiring to perform this service should be able to clean delicate fabrics as well as those that are hard to clean, and a variety of other textiles, including leather and vinyl.

Any company that you hire to clean your upholstery should follow the IICRC, The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, guidelines for cleaning upholstery. The process should first begin with the assessment of the furniture and the evaluation of any spots or stains that may be found. This initial inspection helps the professional know what must be done in order to launder the furniture and lets you know what to expect out of the job.

After the areas to be cleaned have been identified, the fabric is conditioned. The conditioner is applied to the fabric, pre-cleaning, and permits the cleansing substance to react with the dirt and/or stains. Subsequent to the conditioner, a textile rinse and removal are applied, eliminating soil and moisture.

Once the upholstery is finished going through the clarifying process it must be thoroughly dried. Many companies that clean furniture textiles will use a powerful air mover to make sure that the drying time goes by as quickly as possible. When the material is dry some require the task of being brushed. If this is necessary for the type of fabric on your furniture a brush is used to groom the fabric so it looks as good as new.

This type of cleaning is not the only way that some forms of upholstery should be laundered. Some textiles require that they be dry cleaned. Dry cleaning your fabrics can mean that they are protected and the amount of risk involved in possibly ruining the furniture is reduced.

Removing stains or spots from upholstered fabric can be a very tough job. The same chemical is not going to treat every type of stain or work with every kind of fabric. The type of cleaning method that should be used for cleaning your upholstery will always depend on the variety of textile that you are dealing with. The companies that provide these services have taken the time to become certified and proficient at what they do. This is why it is always best to use a professional upholstery cleaning company as opposed to doing the job yourself.

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