Upholstery Cleaning for All Furniture Types
Try as you may to protect your furniture, whether you have a house full of kids and animals or it’s just you alone, spills and stains are inevitable. And even if you are careful and manage to avoid big disasters and small spills, cleaning furniture thoroughly is an important task that many people forget about. In fact, you may not even realize how much bacteria and allergens have built up in your upholstery — and which could even be contributing negatively toward your health.
Because of all this, it’s crucial that you make sure to clean your couches and other furniture thoroughly and regularly. Professional upholstery cleanings are the best way to eradicate bacteria and allergens, but proper maintenance in between cleanings is also essential. Here is a guide to everything you need to know about furniture and upholstery cleaning for each type of furniture.
What is the Best Way to Clean a Fabric Sofa?
There are a few different ways to tackle a fabric sofa, some are things that you should do regularly, and some at larger intervals or when a spill occurs:
- Dry brush
Sometimes removing dirt and crumbs can be as simple as using a dry brush to loosen and sweep it off. Be sure to lay down something to catch the debris, or vacuum after.
A vacuum also works wonders on a fabric couch. Without having to get into water and water-based solutions, you can utilize a hand-held vacuum to clean and get into the nooks and crannies.
- Wash covers
The benefit of some fabric furniture is that it has covers that you can simply unzip and wash in a regular machine. If yours has these covers, be sure to check for the specific washing instructions for that material.
- Use baking soda
Sprinkling baking soda over a fabric couch can be a great way to remove odors and loosen stains, before vacuuming it up. You can also create a solution for a deeper clean or spot clean, with equal parts baking soda and water. Take care using baking soda on some upholstered surfaces like microfiber and leather.
How to Maintain Leather Furniture
Many people love the durability of leather furniture, as well as the perception that it is easy to clean. However, a great deal of attention is required when you have leather furniture, as many of the most common upholstery cleaning products will break down leather finishes and could cause permanent damage. Here are some tips for maintaining leather furniture:
- Wipe up spills as quickly as possible
Be sure to use towels or cloths that are soft and absorbent to lessen the potential for scratching the leather.
- Keep it away from sunlight and ventilation
Placement of your leather furniture is more important than you think. Things such as sunlight or being placed directly next to an air-conditioning vent can age the leather much quicker.
The only way to ensure that your leather is treated properly and protected from damage is to get it professionally cleaned. Learn more about leather cleaning and restoration, and use our franchise locator to find a specialist team near you.
Upholstery Cleaning The Natural Way
Whatever the nature of your furniture, Chem-Dry of Marin can help to deep clean, restore, and protect your furniture against future damage. And we do it completely naturally. Our process is non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals that are used in many other cleaning products and processes. What is more, we are able to remove 98% of allergens and 89% of airborne bacteria from upholstery, which in turn improves indoor air quality and has a subsequent benefit to your overall health.