Upholstery Cleaning Tips
Preparation for cleaning:
• Remove dust from furniture using a vacuum cleaner before starting upholstery cleaning.
Select the best stain remover depending upon the type of dirt or soil present on your upholstery. For heavy stains, liquid detergents are more effective while for light spots, milder and soft solution is suitable. Always read manufacturer’s label on product you are planning to use for cleaning purpose before actually going to apply it on your furniture piece.
While working with low-wilting colored fabric, test cleaner in an inconspicuous area first to be sure that it will not damage its color as well as texture; because some cleaners contain bleaching agents or irritants, which can discolor your upholstery.
Just mix the cleaner with water and then apply it on the furniture piece in circular motion using a soft-bristled upholstery brush.
On some materials (such as nubuck), foam may damage its surface finish due to the solvent contained in them and should be avoided while using for cleaning purpose; therefore use liquid spray for these kind of fabrics.
Allow sufficient time for stain removers to react on stains before blotting it out with dry white cotton cloth or absorbent napkin; if you are worried about excessive rubbing, place an old towel under stained area that could be used to absorb wetness in case of excess moisture.
For stubborn stains, you can repeat above process after 5 minutes; allowing it to react for longer period may damage fabric’s texture or color.
You’ll not face problem while drying your upholstery because most of the stain removers along with detergents dry quickly, but if it does not, use a fan to speed up the process and avoid direct sunlight which is capable of fading colors faster in colored fabrics. Moreover, bright light can also rub off some
tint dyes from leather furniture piece due to their low-wilting property (which is causing discoloration). However, you can increase the time spans if you are drying your upholstery piece in low temperature environment i.e. air-conditioned room; but be sure to provide sufficient ventilation for faster evaporation of moisture present in the environment.
Step 9: Vacuum cleaning (optional):
After cleaning and drying, if you still find stains on your furniture piece, then you can use vacuum cleaner to suck out excess dirt as well as stain removers from its surface, because it had absorbed some of them during cleaning procedure. However, always avoid using high-wilting power vacuum cleaners which have high suction ability while vacuuming your upholstery piece specially made with delicate fabric or leather material; because they might cause shrinkage of these materials. Moreover, if you find any trouble while vacuuming your furniture piece, then you can remove collected dirt particles using wet cotton cloth and after that, you should dry again using fan followed by the sun light.
Step 10: Protection & Maintenance:
If you have cleaned your upholstery with detergents or cleaning solvents, then it will be necessary to protect them from sunlight for a short period of time because they may cause fading or discoloration of fabric’s color in case exposed to intense daylight; therefore keep your upholstery piece covered with curtains or use furniture covers to protect it from direct exposure under sunlight. Also provide protection against moisture and dust using suitable protective covers placed on top of your furniture piece (such as clean clothes or plastic sheet).