UPHOLSTERY AND FURNITURE CLEANING
What is upholstery cleaning or furniture cleaning?
We are talking about the removal of soils, removing oils and spot cleaning from various types of fabrics used to cover upholstered furniture. Furniture cleaning is a skill that is developed with practice, patience and experience. It is not a matter of reading a manual or taking part in a seminar that makes a person an expert upholstery cleaner. By practicing cleaning on different types of fabrics one can understand the behavior of those fabrics during cleaning. Some industry leaders estimate that as much as 90% of the furniture sold is never cleaned professionally.
How often is furniture cleaned?
Upholstered sofas or lounge suites are cleaned as needed. This usually depends on the level of appearance required, the fabric and the amount of use it receives. In most locations daily or weekly dusting is suggested. A thorough vacuuming of all fabrics is recommended on a monthly basis. This includes under cushion and in crevices. Complete or deep cleaning or steam cleaning should be done at least once a year or sooner if the appearance becomes soiled and begins to discolor. By providing regular maintenance, you can often remove soils and oils before they build up excessively, oxidize and permanently discolor the fabric. In commercial buildings, furniture should be cleaned at the beginning of a week end or holiday so it has time to dry completely before business starts again. When cleaning on-site in the home, the occupants are advised to avoid using the furniture immediately after cleaning. The fabric may wrinkle, stretch or resoil if used before completely dry. Some fabrics like velvets, corduroy, velours should not even be touched until completely dry.
Leather furniture cleaning
Leather furniture cleaning needs special training and good experience to deliver the results. The cleaning process involves two steps.First step involves thorough inspection for cracking, loss of dye finish, cuts, imperfections or stains. This step also includes cleaning the surface of leather with the cleaning products. Spots are individually treated during cleaning. The second step involves applying conditioner which rejuvenates and replenishes the leather. The process improves the life of leather upholstery.Leather upholstery cleaning has no margin for error. Cracked leather or worn leather when treated with water based cleaning material will start to lose colour permanently. Even careful cleaning can sometimes remove pigment layer. Hence it is best to be done by professionals.
Scotchguard (Stain protection and Fabric Protector)
Scotchguarding or stain protection helps resist oily stains and make them easier to clean.
It also resists watery stains. It makes the liquid “bead” up and hence makes it easier to blot it.
Resists soiling. Vacuum cleaning the soil and dust is a lot easier on stain protected fabrics or carpets.
Spot cleans very effectively. Stain protection helps avoid a ring shaped mark after cleaning a spot.
Fabrics and carpets with stain protection look newer longer because of the ease of vacuum cleaning and spot cleaning.
Suitable for most fabrics and carpets without affecting colours or character.